To be honest, we weren’t huge fans of The Bibo when it launched in 2011. The needless braggadocio from the owners (boasting of their “most expensive and distinguished tomatoes” and other “extremely prestigious” ingredients) killed our appetites with unforced hilarity at first. But heritage hubris aside, there’s no denying the fact that they do make some fine wood-fired pizzas – 24 options in all; good enough for them to crack this list at #10.
In addition to the pizzas, they plate some quality pastas, too, like proper, slightly tongue tingling Penne Arrabbiata and a reasonable facsimile of Spaghetti Carbonara (never enough black pepper). Expect Italian wines by the glass and a beer list offering vernacular standards such as Menebrea and Peroni.
The service, sadly, is only ever truly consistent in its frustrating inconsistency. The decor is like the interior of an early 1990’s Lamborghini, which is to say humorously garish, and not at all the best thing about the complete package.
The most delicious thing on offer is their “Marco” pizza with pecorino cheese and ample sausage ($18).
1835 West 4th Avenue | Vancouver, BC | 604-568-6177 | www.thebibo.com