Pizza is universally delicious. Fortunately for us, Brunswick and Brunswick East have a huge range of restaurants offering wood-fired pizza. We heard the very best could be found at Woodstock and when the craving hit we knew exactly where to go. The decor inside is the kind of shabby-sheek you’d expect from the area. It’s quite a large restaurant with tables to accommodate parties of any size and an army of staff. The service was quick and easy on a midweek evening though we’re sure the weekend rush may involve more of a wait. We started with bruschetta, a mix of three different toppings. The tops were served cold, mushroom, capsicum and a more traditional tomato and onion atop char-grilled toast. There was also a light, tangy balsamic and rocket salad in the centre. It was a refreshing and surprisingly light start to our meal.We opted for a San Danielle pizza to share between two. A thin crust with a light tomato base and buffalo mozzarella as well as thin prosciutto. Mozzarella is something rather special, any cheese lover can tell you this, but buffalo mozzarella is something different again. It’s lighter, creamier, small doses of it do wonders for a thin crust pizza. It’s the perfect addition to the the subtle touches of the prosciutto and tomato. The very best pizza is not overloaded but under, allowing the ingredients to shine for what they are.
With just enough room left, it was time for dessert. Still in a pizza mood, we ordered the Nutella calzone. Take a moment to have another look at it, the serving was outrageously large and could have easily served two people. There’s not much to say about Nutella and pizza – it’s a perfect flavour combination and something we will keep returning to. Finally we tried a tiramisu. It wasn’t your usual alcohol soaked affair but a lighter dessert. There was still a lovely coffee flavour, cream and chocolate and this is a kid-friendlier version.
Woodstock do a great pizza and some nice Italian meals. It’s a bit on the pricey side and the decor is a manicured shabby that makes it feel more like the chain it is becoming (you’ll also find Woodstock in Essendon and Fitzroy North). That being said we would happily return for some quality pizza and since they offer take-away for pick up we may opt for that route instead.