BiBo Pizzeria: Quick Lunch at the Premium Outlet

BiBo Pizzeria does seem to have the hardware and the location to do well. It is located at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, also known as Vancouver’s premier outlet mall. Only a few minutes of a SkyTrain ride away from Vancouver International Airport, it’s at a prime spot for travellers and locals who love good deals on brands.

I walked by BiBo whenever I visited at the mall, and it always struck me as a chic pizzeria with that impressive looking pizza oven in the open kitchen. Determined to come here for food, I found my chance when my friend David Z was back in town visiting, and I decided to take him there for a quick lunch before a little walk-and-shop.

BiBo Pizzeria

BiBo Pizzeria

We started with sharing the Spinacina ($12), a salad supposed to have spinach, tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, oregano, balsamic cream, and pine nuts. The salad was just okay. All though fresh, all the components seemed a little disjointed. They could probably have tossed the veggies a bit more, and thrown in a little more seasoning and olive oil maybe?  I couldn’t taste much of oregano. I could barely see any pine nuts. And the bread could be toasted a little more so that it would be heartier and crunchier. I would use balsamic reduction instead of balsamic cream, to let the natural sweetness of the cheese and tomato shine a bit more – but that’s just my personal preference.

"Spinacina" Salad

“Spinacina” Salad

The Prosciutto e Funghi ($18) was seasoned properly, but the toppings of tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and  mushroom, are all super thin. In fact the lack of the substance of the toppings exposed a lot of the pizza dough, resulting in a few too many leopard spots on the crust. The leopard spots are chars on the crust, which bring a bit smokiness to the pizza, but you don’t want your pizza too burnt.

Prosciutto e Funghi

Prosciutto e Funghi

Had a cup of Cappuccino ($3.5) as well, and it was good although not amazing.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

The food overall was mediocre. Although the ingredients were nice and fresh, the portioning and execution were a little lacking. It should be alarming if you have too many leopard spots on the pizza – maybe it’s time for adjustment on the ratio of the toppings? Having tried so many pizzerias in the city lately, I think this BiBo location needs to step up the game a little bit more in the pizza oven.

Website:

http://richmond.thebibo.com/

 

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