The BiBo Restaurant offers a true Italian dining experience. The BiBo features a menu of simple, authentic pastas and wood fired pizzas made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients.
My father and I were in the mood for pizza so we dined here yesterday for lunch. Nice looking place, clean, nice waitress, etc.. Had big screens playing an old italian classic, Pinocchio, that was pretty cool to see. When we sat they gave us a bottle of water for the table, nice touch. They offer a smaller lunch menu with pizza by the slice so we got to try different kinds which was nice.
We ordered 7 slices to share.. 5 Margherita, 1 Ortolana, 1 Napoli. All the pizza was very good, it reminded me of the homemade pizza that I'd get to eat if my zia made it or if a friends nonna made pizza, an older Italian who knows how to cook =) Overall the food was great, everything tasted good. My only complaint, the Napoli pizza comes with olives that have pits in them. I had to remove the olives, take out the pits and put them back on my pizza. The olives tasted much better then the usual pitted ones but I prefer not to have to pit them myself.
On their menu and website they mention italian lots such as, "this is italian, no compromises" "Italian food is in my DNA", Come dine in Italy for lunch", etc.. They are correct, it's Italian! Also our waitress spoke fluent Italian and all of the staff were conversing in Italian, nice to see that.
I'd like to return with my wife sometime for a nice "Italian" evening to try out the dinner menu.
Real Italian pizza that is. Finally here in Vancouver. I finally made it to this place last night with a party of 8 with reservations (yes they take them). Nice clean decor,more Kits than Napoli but nice. The screen showing old classic Italian films is a nice touch. Ordered appys, the bresaola platter is a generous plate of air cured beef and sides with a basket of home bread enough for two. Simple and authentic. Others had the appy platter with real Parma ham and proscuitto and other antipasti, all excellent quality and quantity to justify the price. The main event here is the pizza cooked in a real wood oven. The choices range from the classic to the modern with daily specials available. I had a sausage and porcini and tried pieces of capriciosa. crudo (highly recommend) and the marinara with anchovies (like its supposed to have) all excellent. The prices are reasonable starting at $12 up to $22 for a 12" pizza. The service was prompt and friendly even though the place was full. Water in glass bottles left on the table and replenished often was a nice touch. Wine list was average, beer choices a bit better with average Vancouver prices for both (That is to say too much!). They even had San pelligrino chinotto! Most Italian-ish places if they even have San pelligrino haven't even heard of chinotto much less carry it, just another nod to the authenticity of this place. Nice to have this place to finally take visiting Italians for pizza without being frikkin' embarrassed!
We came here without a reservation and as expected for a Friday night, it was packed. Our name was put on a list, we came back in 30 minutes and had a table waiting for us. We started things with a bottle of their house Bibo Barbera from the owner's winery in Italy: Monterosso vineyard estate.
They have a large, wood fire pizza oven in the corner that was full of pizzas so we definitely needed to order something that came out of it. We settled on the Bresaola pizza which is very similar to the Crudo except it has cured beef instead of proscuitto. Our server brought out slices of both so we could taste the difference which was great. We also ordered the Bibo Matteo, a wide noodle pasta with a porcini mushroom sauce.
Both of the dishes were fantastic. I was feeling like pasta that night and really enjoyed the Bibo Matteo but I wished their was a little more porcini mushrooms in the dish. We were pretty full after the mains and were about to opt out on dessert when the server brought us some Tiramisu to sample. It was really good but we were both too full to order anything more.
Overall, we both enjoyed the evening. The food was made with fresh ingredients and you could taste the passion that went into it. The service was efficient and friendly. I will return and I definitely recommend this restaurant.
Stopped by here one early weekend afternoon. It was pretty empty.
Reasonably nice setup and suits the neighbourhood and the style it's trying to achieve.
The server was pretty okay. I mean, we were served and she was kind of friendly, but come on, a bit more enthusiasm please! Especially for a place like this.
Nevertheless, food came in reasonable time, with a pizza and a pasta dish. Yes, while we make a good pasta at home, this was a properly done one. Very happy with that.
The pizza was absolutely fantastic, I think it is trying to be Neapolitan style and it really pulls it off. The crust is just the right texture, on the thin side as it should be. The biggest thing is the flavour. Yes, when you have a simple pizza like a margherita, you better get it right as there aren't a lot of ingredients to hide behind. The crust is probably one of the most flavourful crusts in town. The only other contender is Sciue, who make a much tougher style of pizza crust which is not Neapolitan. The tomatoes? Yeah, they hit it right. We know good tomatoes when we taste it, we've certainly cooked with our share of the best local and cans from Italy. It was good enough to be one of those eye-opening dishes that lets you know what something could be if done right. It's a fork 'n knifer or a really messy time for hands, as it should be for this style of pizza.
Yes, highly recommended. You should try it just once when their pizza master is in just to see what it could be. I'd stop by again to eat, for sure. But please, warm up the service a bit. It doesn't have to be formal and cold to be good...
We are pizza lovers and had to check out this place. They told us they have a real pizza chef from Naples. Guess what -- the pizza is great! Better than Nicli, in our opinion. We also had the eggplant melanzine and it was great as well. Prices rather high for everything EXCEPT pizza margherita -- that's $12, and well worth it. Service wasn't bad for us, but not great either, fine. The only downside to this place in my personal opinion is it is trying so hard to be trendy with the house music and the projecting of old movies on the wall and the funky modern chairs it makes my eyes bleed. Argh, it had that loungey vibe that is so DONE TO DEATH around here, but I guess worth putting up with for great pizza. We will definitely be back, with our trendy clothes on next time I guess.
Our friends had reservations for this place and invited us to come along, so we willingly obliged. We found parking in the back of the restaurant and was told by the front staff that it was for staff parking, but if they needed us to move our car, they would let us know.
We ordered a carpaccio salad to start, together with a couple of bellinis. Just so you know, their bellinis are not the same as the kind you get at Cactus Club or Milestones ... you know, the slushy drinks? Bibo's bellinis are basically sparkling juice in a champagne flute with some alcohol ... disappointing. The carpaccio salad was very bland ... sliced carpaccio topped with shavings of cheese and topped with a bunch of greens. I'm not sure if they forgot the dressing or if it was suppose to be that bland ... but it was definitely nothing to write home about. Should have gotten the bocconcini and tomato salad ... that looked much better - at least it had dressing on it.
Our main meals were the basic spaghetti in a marinara sauce and a capricoso pizza. They were both mediocre - nothing special at all about them. We saw another table return their pizza to the kitchen to have the pizza cooked more. I guess they didn't think it was cooked enough. You should have seen the pizza cook's face - he was not happy! And then he proceeded to chuck the pizza back into the oven. If your customer wants a thoroughly cooked pizza - give it to them ... but do it with less attitude ... especially when the whole dining room can see your face.
Service: we needed to ask for our water glasses to be filled up twice and our server never came around to ask us how our meal were - I don't think they really cared. The restaurant was full-full-full, but the owner just sat around, drinking his wine and not helping out ... maybe pick up a water pitcher and fill up some water glasses???
Our bill for our two bellinis, carpaccio salad, pizza and spaghetti with tax and tip came to $85. Not too expensive for what we got, but definitely not warranting another visit.
When we went to our car, we noticed a jeep blocking us. We asked the cook to see if they could have the owner of the jeep move their car so that we could leave. Guess who comes out? The owner of the restaurant ... and he comes up to us with such attitude and asks ... "What?" ... so we ask him to move his car so that we could get out - obviously !! He then asks us "Why did you park there?" So we told him that his staff member said that it was okay for us to park there.
If you like a big helping of attitude with your meal, by all means come here ... but with service like this, I can't see them staying in business for long. There are so many other Italians restaurants out there that provide better food AND service ... try a few blocks down and up the street on Burrarrd ...
After reading their self promoting menu, you would think that they would get some things right. I got there early for lunch today. I was the only table in the dining room. I ordered their gorgonzola and pancetta pizza, I asked if I could get a half order of pasta as a starter. The server/bartender/hostess was very friendly and said because it wasn't busy she would ask the kitchen. She returned and told me the Chef said no. What? How difficult is it to make a half order.Been in the business a long time and always try to make the guest happy. Had a luke warm latte and when my pizza arrived it looked like it was undercooked. Very wet but crisp and blistered on the edges. Result of too much sauce and too hot fire in the wood oven.If this guy trained in Naples it must have been at our equivalent of a dollar slice joint. I ate around the outside and left the majority of this soupy mess. When the server returned she asked if I would like to take the rest home, which I replied definitely not.Should have got the message that I didn't enjoy it. The ambiance was nice except they had two large screen TVs playing of all things...Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.I don't get it.Music was cool Italian sounds, that was a nice touch. Value $25 for a mediocre pizza and poor latte, not great. As with the past few reviews the owner/manager doesn't seem to understand good quality service. Hype will only get you so far for a very short period of time. Too many good restaurants in this town, no reason to settle for mediocre. Cannot recommend this spot.
We are so hooked on the pizza we rarely order anything else. The pizzas are thin crust, fresh ingredients and exactly the right amount of topping is placed on them. They have a good wine selection too. The service is good, always friendly and efficient.
My favourite pizza these days is the Diavolo, spicy, juicy and crispy. I ate in today but we often get takeout and that is well done. They serve lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays. Oh, Thursday is 50% off wine.
To me, food & service are the most important elements of a good dining experience, followed by ambience.
IMHO, The Bibo got it all right! I was thrilled to find this spot in Kits.
The pizza was fantastic, the pasta delicious and the tiramisu amazing and I found the service very friendly and efficient. The menu has lots of options and the challenge was limiting our selections for only two people. It got a bit loud but that's because the place was packed with people enjoying the place.
I was so excited to eat here. I walked in and was greeted by the owner. That was a nice touch and very personable and friendly. I meet up with three of my friends. Good choice of wine selection. So we shared a bottle. The music was just right as we could hear it, but could also hear each other talk, but had to lean forward just a little. The server came over and took our orders after we received our drinks. When she brought us the food, she got two orders right and two wrong. Perhaps it was because of the music that she could not hear, but my friends confirmed that the server confirmed the order back to them correctly. I ordered the pancetta and gorgonozola pizza. It was awesome ! I loved it. One of my friends ordered a pizza with just mushrooms and said the tomato sauce lacked flavour. Another friend ordered the same as me and loved her pizza as well. The last friend liked her pizza, but since she has been to the new pizza joint in Gastown, said she liked it better over there. The decor is modern and nice. The food and wine are great. I would go back for sure and perhaps order something else next time.
Dined here on March 26th. Talk about chickens running around without their heads off. Nobody comes to the
door right away. Were told to wait in the holding lounge where we had to climb over coffee tables to access
the seating. Waited 10 minutes before server came over. Got our wine and then went to the bar to dine when
seats came up. Sat there for 10 minutes and the two owners who kept coming behind the bar and running around the restaurant never came to us or cleared the previous diners glasses away. Our server from the
lounge area saved the day by taking our orders and was attentive.
The food was reasonable, however, the terrible management was enough to turn us off from ever returning.
My husband and I stopped in last night for dinner after a movie at Fifth Avenue cinemas. There was a short lineup when we arrived and it took a couple of minutes before staff met us at the door and directed us to the lounge area to wait. Our server was very good. She offered us drinks while we waited and our table was ready in less than ten minutes. We shared a bottle of wine and decided on a couple of pizzas for dinner. I was especially excited to try the pizza as I had read some really good reviews recently, ones that praised the food for its Italian authenticity. Plus, ever since we were put off by Incendio and stopped dining there we have been looking for a really good place for pizza in Kits. We were definitely not disappointed! The pizza was thin crust, cooked to perfection, and with the freshest ingredients. I especially loved the tomato sauce, which was more of a tomato puree. They served the pizza unsliced and mine was a little soggy in the middle (just as it is done in Italy, evidently). It was heavenly! As far as atmosphere goes, it was pretty loud, the energy was up, and it definitely had more of a downtown kind of vibe. The service was decent but could use a bit of polish. The restaurant opened just three weeks ago, though, so a few glitches were to be expected. Prices were fair. We will be back for the pizza and maybe even to try one of their delicious looking pasta dishes as well.
as an italian who regularly goes to milan I can honestly say this is the 1st place that makes pizza that can be compared to what you get in italy .... the pizza is amazing.... pasta dishes are also good but small portions especially for the price....
love the Bibo but value is poor..... I can understand rent is high in this area but would like to see prices comes down maybe 20% across the board.....but then again they are always full so im sure theyre not worried
Unhelpful and hurried would be a kind way to describe my first and last visit to the bibo. Save yourself the disappointment and inconvenience by choosing anywhere but this joke of a restaurant.
The Bi-boooooo had no problem taking a reservation for 17, but is seriously lacking the organization or skills to make it a pleasant or fulfilling experience for anyone.
The group was split into two tables. (10 and 7)
Not the end of the world, but would have been nice to know this in advance.
At the smaller table, we had no introduction or greeting from our waitress, were hurried through our meal, and as we soon found out, had our tables booked for a second seating 2 hours after ours.
I guess that would explain why the 2 owners were constantly pacing, pointing, and coming by to look, without once asking how we were doing. They were much more concerned with turning over the tables than making it enjoyable for anyone. In fact, their constant pacing and looking made it uncomfortable, and unenjoyable from the moment we were seated.
The waitress was put-off that we didn't have our orders ready right away, yet we only had one menu for 7 people.
It bothered her that she had to fetch enough so we could actually order the meal. It got worse from there.
When my underwhelmingly small portion of pasta arrived, there was no fresh parmesan, or pepper, or bread, or anything we might expect from a place who's menu makes such a point of touting it's own magnificence.
Before anyone was half way through our meal, we were made aware that our table was needed for the second seating in 45 minutes. Not really our problem, but we tried to be helpful and oblige by eating quickly and moving to the other, bigger table. No offer of drink refills, no mention of dessert, or any apology for their mis-management or poor performance. When we tried to consolidate to one table, the bill arrived there as well before people were even done dining.
When I did speak to the owner about how terrible the whole experience was, and made him aware that none of us would ever return, his response was this:
"I have lots of patrons that like my restaurant. So don't come back."
We weren't rude, noisy, or drunk, as people tend to get at birthdays and large gatherings. We just wanted to eat and be treated as proper, paying patrons.
My only saving grace was that I avoided ordering one of their "authentic" soggy, limp and lifeless servings of shit on a shingle that they call pizza.
In 37 years of my life I have never had a worse dining experience.
If the Bi-Booooo closed today it wouldn't be soon enough. Good luck with your business, jerks.