November 11, 2014 Pastoral
Pastoral opened in April of this year, the big draw being the wood fired oven. I’ve heard the space called “industrial farmhouse” which seems to be fitting. They have a great communal high top table near the kitchen, great for groups!
We started off with the wood fired garlic knot ($7.50) drizzled with olive oil.
The pizzas are personal sized – probably the diameter of a large dinner plate. The pepperoni ($15) with fresh mozzarella and crushed tomatoes. I love the crust on the pizza. They offer all the pizzas on the menu as a gluten free option for an additional $2.
The fennel sausage ($16) with buffalo mozzarella and fromage blanc was delicious with a little kick to it.
Pasta comes in full and half portions, I had a half portion of the ricotta dumplings ($14) that came with lobster and corn. The dumplings were light as air and the corn gave the dish a little bit of a sweetness to that I really enjoyed.
I also had a half portion of the mezzi rigatoni ($11) with bolognese sauce. Good, but it was no Sportello.
For dessert we went with the buttermilk chocolate chip cookies that we served warm. They were amazing.
And the nutella pizza sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with fresh berries. The fresh berries helped with the richness of the nutella – very decadent! All in all a great casual meal out with friends with good food and good service.