Pizzeria Barbarella serves NY style pizza with a Neapolitan twist, all prepared useing the finest local, organic and hand-made ingredients.
I ate here with my brother and father on a thursday night. The place is like a warehouse with tables, could use some work.. It was very loud inside, could only here people yelling and not the music. The service seemed slow, the place was full with 2 waitresses. They brought us 1 slightly ripped menu for the 3 of us and apologized that they ran out of menus. Things aren't looking good so far..
15 minutes later 3 pizzas arrived, I had the $12 Margherita. Yes they make a good pizza here! Pizza good enough to return for so I will return if I'm in the area.
So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli and Campagnolo). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
Nice room in east van...very handy. Great selection of craft brews and friendly staff AND th best prices of the three by far! The Margherita was cooking in a gas fired domed oven.....so not really pizza napolitana here. That being said...it was delicious albeit smothered in waaaay too much cheese! te purist n me scowled but everyone else loved it. The second pizza bear mention, it was a "in bianco" (no sauce) creation of pancetta and Brussels sprout leaves and it was the best pizza of the night! 100% will be back. IMHO this place is one of the better values around however for REAL pizza none of these three (except maybe Nicli) can match Tevere or even Bibos.
I'm assuming in writing this article that Pizzeria Barbarella, having been open only a couple days, is going to improve on a lot of what they offer. You should keep that in mind if you plan on going too. In some areas it'll be a problem. In others, not so much.
I went to Barbarella's just the day before, and found it looking pretty quiet on the outside. On the inside, the place resembles an empty warehouse. There's no ambiance at all. Cement floors, loose cables, plastic chairs, and the washroom light flickers like you're in a horror movie. There's no mirrors in there either. For ambiance they'd deserve 1 star, but again, they just opened, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and hoping they're only a few weeks away from getting the place looking lovely!
The service isn't too bad. At the time there were almost equal servers to customers. Again, they're new and hadn't quite got into the groove with the menu yet, but were for the most part friendly and attentive. They are a bit confused at times, but they get you your pizza nice, quick and fresh, and keep your water full.
But on to the good stuff! The pizzas are delicious. If you've been looking for authentic Naples-style pizza, you probably know there aren't many options in Vancouver. This is one of the few places you CAN get a good Italiano pizza made, as opposed to something you'd find at Rocky Mountain Flatbread, or Boston Pizza. The pizzas are made in what looks like a pretty good oven (you can check it too, it's an open kitchen) and come crispy, hot and tasty. They're nice and moist in the center but have a great crust. They range from $12 to about $16 or 18.
That's it, really. Their menu is pretty small so far, so there are about 5-6 pizzas to choose from and a few appetizers I didn't try. They've also got standard fare Italian-style drinks, I think spritzers and sodas. I was really happy with the food, I absolutely love the kind of pizza they make at Barbarella. I hope that everything else quickly moves along to equal how good their food is.
I have been there a couple of times. I first went to Via Tevere first but they were too busy so decided to check this place out again. The pizza is good the service is average. Once I recieved the pizza I never heard from the waitress until after we were done. I also was shocked they dont have espesso or cappuccino.
When I came time to pay I paid by interact. On the machine I pressed yes for tip and out came an option for 15%, 18% or 20%, I cant stand when an establishment tellls you what to tip. I will avoid this place in the future. I wasnt overly impressed with the service so I only want to leave 10%, So thats all I left.
I don't really like Pizza, but this place is really good. We have been here three times. The crust is my favorite part, and little wonder as it takes them three days to make the dough.
If you would like really good pizza, and by that I mean authentic amazing crust with great topings and cheeses that aren't just named mozzarella or cheddar, then you need to check this place out. I almost want to keep this place a secret because the pizza is so good and is a great value.
The servers are really friendly and helpful, great beer selection too.