Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix, AZ

Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 258-8300

Before we get into my pizza trip to Phoenix, let me introduce myself.

I’m currently a barista in Alberta and finished a Bachelor of Arts last spring. I’ve been working in the food industry for the last 11 years, but only started appreciating real food when I began working in the specialty coffee industry three-and-a-half years ago. Being a part of the coffee industry has been an excellent opportunity for palate training: there are over 1,000 chemicals in roasted coffee, making for a very complex and diverse drink. No two cups of coffee or two pulls of espresso are the same; the quest for the perfect extraction lead many baristi to lose sleep, become over-caffeinated and obsessive.  One major upside is that any good barista will become concerned about everything she consumes. It is through this process that I really began to care about the food I eat. By no means do I claim to be a culinary expert; I’m just a food-lover, like every other contributor on foodosophy. I care about where my food comes from and hope that the person who prepared it cares even more. I also believe that when someone focuses on one thing and decides to put everything he or she has into it, the results will come through. This is obviously true in the food industry and I intend to experience as much of that passion around the world as I possibly can.

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Barrio Cafe – Phoenix, AZ

Barrio Cafe
2814 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States
(602) 636-0240

“Don’t always believe what you read”. This oft-uttered comment, and a refresher lesson we have learned from the recently reviewed Sun Sui Wah, applies to many aspects of life, restaurant reviews included. All reviews, ours included, are really just the opinion of an individual, or a small group of individuals. You’re better off finding someone’s opinions and tastes who match your own, and trusting them, than taking someone’s opinion, no matter how knowledgeable, as gospel when your taste buds say otherwise.

Barrio Cafe has received many accolades from local reviewers. “Best Modern Mexican Restaurant”. “Best Tequila Selection”. “Best Mexican Restaurant”. “5 stars”. “Top Ten Latino Chef”. And many many more. Based on Arizona’s proximity to Mexico, I was hoping for some fantastic mexican flavours paired with some modern techniques. Based on geographic proximity, acclaim, and yes, the reviews, I was expecting something great.

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