Following a hectic incident where we were running around town, trying to restore things, it was getting late to go home and make dinner, so we stopped in at Pizzeria Barbarella on East Broadway (just off Fraser St).
When we arrived, the front house was bustling, but we were seated immediately.
We started with a caesar salad
This is red & green romaine lettuce, house-made croutons, smoked pancetta. This was a very garlicky but otherwise very good caesar salad. The greens were fresh and crisp, but went tender quickly because of the heavy dressing. I could taste the lemon juice and the mounds of grated grana padano. The smoked pancetta added a lot of welcome saltiness.
Overall, this was a good salad, if a little heavy on the dressing.
Following the salad, we had our Hawaiian Punch pizza.
This is a thin crust hand stretched pizza with fresh tomato, bocconcini, aged mozzarella, capocollo, fresh pineapple, brown sugar glaze, grana padano. The crust is thin and surprisingly bread-y. The bubbles in the crust are small, giving the crust a sandwich bread-like softness. There’s no crispness, nor much blistering on the edges, and the center of the pizza was soft. Soft enough that I had to eat it with a knife and fork.
The toppings were among the best I’ve tasted. The spicy capocollo, with the sweetness of the pineapple and the brown sugar glaze, contrasting with the acidity of the tomatoes, and the saltiness of grana padano rounded out the flavors of the pie.
The room is quite large and open, but not crowded. It’s minimalist and utilitarian.
The service was friendly and accommodating.