Looking at our dwindling options for eating a decent meal in Bright on a Wednesday night in June, we were scared of making another bad choice. After being maligned by Indian Tandoori the night before, we nearly froze at the decision of where to eat this particular night; we only had two nights left on our holidays and were desperate to not get rolled again.
Don’t get me wrong here, Bright is usually an amazing little foodie town (haven); but if you go in June, it morphs from abundant delectable options to only a handful. Why? Well, it seems most Bright restaurant owners take a week or two off that month. You’ve been warned now. If you love food, don’t go in June!
So what’s there to eat on a Wednesday night in Bright? Not much.
We ended up searching Urbanspoon and saw the “Flying Dutchman” left a good review of Bastoni Pizzeria in Myrtleford. Myrtleford? Okay, that’s only 20-minutes away! Sweet! Sold! It’s off to Myrtleford we go!
The lonely road into Myrtleford was dark. Not only dark, but pitch black dark, lightened only by thick white fog. Bastoni stuck out like headlights, like high beams actually, as we drove down the main street of Myrtleford. As we parked, we stretched our necks to see that the place was aglow as a result of the bright interior lights escaping their big expanse of bare windows. As we approached the restaurant, we could see beyond all the symptoms of a newly established eatery – perfectly clean everything, zero clutter, bare walls – to find a single large wood fire oven blazing in the back left corner, stacks of wood neatly placed in shelves next to it, and two pizza chefs busying themselves at the counter.
As we walked in, a lovely American lady appeared and zipped out from behind the counter to greet us with a smile. So, where character lacked from all the newness of the joint, it was quickly made up with by the great hospitality and enjoyable personalities of this sweet husband-wife partnership. Once my American accent was picked up on, we quickly exchanged Australia-America stories, giggled and laughed at the wonderful differences between the two countries…then hubby and I looked down to the menus for the serious part of the evening.
We shared a Rocket Insalata ($11) which was abundant with rocket leaves bursting out from underneath a pile of shaved parmesan, prosciutto, and balsamic vinaigrette. (Side note: hubby got all the prosciutto immediately since I’m a vegetarian.). The salad on its own was very nice, but it tasted particularly yummers when you got a mouthful of it with the Margherita Bufalina ($20) pizza.
The Margherita was smothered in San Marzano tomato, and oozed with buffalo mozzarella and parmesan, then topped with basil and a drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Well, okay, it was a bit skimpy on the basil side, would have been nice to have a few extra fresh basil leaves tossed on top for good measure. But nonetheless, it was a good, solid basic pizza which became particularly tasty once married with the salad! PS. The crust was as good as any decent pizzeria we’ve been to in Melbourne!
But the star of the show was the Patata Bianca ($17) pizza. A white pizza layered with fior di latte, slices of roasted potato, pockets of melted gorgonzola and mascarpone, then scatterings of sweetly carmelized onions. Delicious – nothing additional needed, perfect just as it was! Two thumbs up on this one!!
|Patata Bianca Pizza|
Add to the yummy hand made, wood fired pizzas, the passion, personality and charm of its owners and you get perfection! And we trust that over time, the ‘new car’ feeling of the restaurant will wear off, and it will develop just as wonderful personality as its owners 🙂
Myrtleford just picked up its game in the food department thanks to Bastoni! Bright, watch out!