March 16, 2011

The BiBo Italian Restaurant x Grand Opening Party x Kitsilano

The BiBo Italian Restaurant grand opening party on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano on March 15, 2011.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

I was more than a little famished when I arrived on the scene.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

I gobbled up some appetizers readily including some exotic (to me) veggies of pickled and cold prepared variety.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

They were quite edible.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The cheeses and sliced meats with bread were very good as well as the assorted Italian items.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

I enjoyed the diversity and attention to detail in the food quality.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The joint was buzzing with the sweet smells of Italiano. Everything was so "Italian". The owners Lorenzo Bottazzi and Andrea Bini  were vibrant with their pin-striped suits, thick accents, coiffed hair, and zeal for food.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

I also adored the fact that they played the Italian cinematic masterpiece on two massive televisions in the background.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

From olive oil, olives, wine, cheese, pizza, pasta, everything was authentic Italian to the nth degree.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The attention to detail was so great. It felt like a slice of Italy right on West 4th Avenue in rainy Vancouver.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The pizza was super authentic with thin bread and cooked in a visible wood oven fire.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

I was told that the owners especially recruited their pizza chef from Naples going through the whole immigration process and that he had only been in the country a few short months, speaking not a lick of English.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The pastas were incredible. I was impressed with their diversity from veggies, to mushroom, to cheese and pesto and so on.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

They did very little talking or selling. The food, atmosphere, and service spoke for itself.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The space was cleared out with plenty of room to mingle and lounge. I liked the setup a lot. Nice and open. The service was also stellar.  The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, fast, attentive, and sharp.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

My only complaint would probably be that there was too much food and I filled up on appies. Seriously, the entrées were never ending.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

Oh my goodness. I love, love dessert and these desserts were stellar. The solid creme was intriguing, but the tiramisu was delicious with its sauciness and espresso flavour.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The chocolate and flaun were also scrumptious. However, the chocolate pizza was insanely amazing with its rich, melty Nutella goodness.

The BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

Everything was superb and authentic. I chatted with maestro gelatiere James Coleridge from Bella Gelateria and he marvelled at the owners' expertise and commitment to authenticity.

The BiBo Restaurant | KitsilanoThe BiBo Restaurant | Kitsilano

The event was well hosted and organized and the food was ample and superb. I left so very full.

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