Bufad Pizza made it through their opening last week, but before they opened the doors to the public, owners Mike and Jeniphur Pasquarello and their crew let us drop by for an early preview. We already showed off a bunch of photos from our afternoon in their care, but now we also have a video which, honestly, is really more about the food porn than showing off what the rather tiny storefront looks like.
Still, there were two important things we learned while hanging out at Bufad. First, the Pasquarellos now have a near-perfect binary restaurant arrangement with Bufad and their Prohibition Taproom right down the block. Bufad is BYOB. Prohibition sells growlers. Both places can regularly draw big crowds, causing waits at one place or the other, so the smart bet now is to work as a team. If there’s a line at Bufad, have half your party get a spot in it while someone else runs down the street for a growler at Prohibition to drink while you eat your pizza. Alternately, if Prohibition is too full, there are worse places to wait while the crowd thins out than Bufad. Have a couple slices of their Roman pizza while you wait and maybe an affogato to keep the energy up.
Second, Mike told us that now that he has that whole 13th and Spring Garden micro-neighborhood locked down, he’s got a whole new project in mind–this time in Fishtown. At some unspecified future date, he and his team will be opening B-Side Social Club at 1310-12 Frankford Avenue (next to Bottle Bar East). It’ll be a combination artisan butcher shop, restaurant and lounge, offering everything from prime cuts of meat to housemade charcuterie to finished plates and a cool place for the neighbors to hang out. The coolest thing about B-Side (at least to me) was the idea that they’ll be able to do whole animal butchering because, with 4 kitchens operating, there’s no part of those animals that will go to waste.
Anyway, check out the video after the jump. And maybe check out Bufad the next time you’re in the ‘hood.
Bufad Pizza [Official]