Wednesday I left for a quick work trip to Boston. I found myself with just enough time to quickly catch up with a good friend over, what else, pizza. I promise the food here hasn’t all of the sudden become pizza only, but let’s just say it’s been a consistent craving of mine since February.
The staff at Pastoral was very nice and polite as I mentioned my 7PM reservations, to which they relied they do not take reservations via OpenTable. After checking my account, it turned out that OpenTable had expanded well beyond my Boston search criteria and had allowed me to book a table for Bar Pastoral in Chicago, a table I immediately cancelled. Ooooops.
I really loved the vibe of the restaurant. Nice and open, trendy yet accessible. The bartender was so kind as to make me a mocktail, which came back as a nice large mason jar with mint and something fruity which seemed to include something peachy. Delicious. To start, we had their spring onion sfizzi, which had a light tempura coating paired with a charred onion aioli. So good. It was like a lighter take on a fried onion and it worked.
For our main, we chose to try two pizzas. I had to get their pepperoni, which had crushed tomato and fresh mozzarella. We also went with their veal meatball pizza, which had crushed tomato, mozzarella, and rabe leaves. The nice thing about the pizza was that there was enough greens present that I didn’t feel as guilty for skipping the salad. The flavors on this one were great. Definitely recommend giving this one a try!
Though we didn’t really need it, we couldn’t resist trying their Nutella pizza. It was two thin layers with a thin schmear of Nutella. The entire pizza was topped with powdered sugar and thick, plump blueberries. Absolutely amazing (and tasty the next day).
Such a great evening catching up with my friend, J. Recommend if you’re in the area that you give Pastoral a try!
Pastoral – 345 Congress Street (between Farnsworth St & A St) – 617.345.0005
Reservations optional, available directly through the restaurant