NOTE: All food and beverages were complimentary, but all opinions are based on my own personal experience.
Last month, I was invited by Peak Communicators to attend the official launch of Bibo Restaurant at Richmond’s McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall. They had their soft opening back in October last year, but the official launch was on February 29, 2016. This is now their second location, with the first in Kitsilano.
During the media launch, we were greeted by the owners Andrea and his wife and business partner, Michela. As native Italians, the owners are passionate about creating an authentic atmosphere at the restaurant that mirrors traditional Italian values, heritage, and ambiance.
The interior is bright and modern with long tables for communal type seating.
At the end of the restaurant is a large bar and we were able to sample a variety of drinks.
The Cortese Gavi di Gavi DOCG is a distinguished white wine produced in a very small region surrounding the little town of Gavi. It has a medium body and notes of limes. This wine is exclusive to BiBo.
All other wines are carefully selected and sourced by the owners to ensure it’s consistent with the authentic Italian ambiance and complimentary to the traditional Italian dishes.
We also got to sample some of their Italian sodas which I fancied. These are are imported from Italy and are great for both children and adults.
They had set up a buffet style event for us to showcase some of their best menu items. On one side were a selection of meats.
Bio boasts a selection of fresh and natural ingredients sourced from Italy, including many of these cheese.
Olive oil is imported from Tuscany and Campania, and Porcini mushrooms from Piedmont. The olives and artichokes are from Michela’s uncle who owns a farm in Salerno.
I asked the servers to give me a sample of everything. This included the Coppa Piacentina, which is a seasoned meat left to age for at least six weeks.
So many choices of fresh meats and cheese, so a perfect place to get a charcuterie board along with a glass of wine.
Risotto Balls were Crispy on the outside and gooey in the inside.
There were also a selection of polenta bites. They also offer gluten-free and vegetarian options.
We then got to watch the pizza chefs in action. BiBo’s pizza chefs are all from Napoli and have trained at the Neapolitan Pizza School. All pizza crusts are hand-stretched and baked in a wood0fired oven and topped with the highest quality ingredients.
This was the Butternut Squash Pizza. I liked the sweetness of the squash along with the salty meat. The crust is definitely really light and crispy. This is what you call thin crust! Usually I’m not a fan of eating the crust, but this was really good.
They have a good variety of choices including this Spicy Chorizo as well as classics like the Margherita.
Lastly, we got to sample some of their pastas, including this meat ravioli and risotto.
Overall, a great new addition to Richmond’s vast choices of restaurants. Perfect to stop by after a day of shopping at the outlet. BiBo’s owners also announced that they will be opening its third location in the Olympic Village district this summer!
In celebration of the grand opening, BiBo is offering promotions at its new Richmond location only. This includes discounts on all bottles of Italian wines exclusive to the restaurant every Tuesday and Wednesday. As well, there is a special Pizza and Beer for $18 every Monday until May 30, 2016.