My husband and I have been waiting for Pastoral to open since we moved to Fort Point on September. After months and months of supposed openings and the occasional tease from Facebook and Instagram, last Friday, the Italian restaurant specializing in pizza finally opened it’s doors. We called ahead and secured a table for 2 at 9:00 pm. I really needed to try it after waiting in eager anticipating for so long.
I will go into the scene really quickly and then get right down to the food and pricing. We arrived a few minutes early and had a drink at the bar. The staff was absolutely pleasant and seemed just as excited as I was for their opening day. The bar was jumping with dinners and drinkers, so we found a little nook and stood in that corner waiting for our table. I ordered a 9 dollar glass of Montepulciano and it was served to me by a smiling bartender in a little glass water cup. The cup fit in perfectly with the whole style of Pastoral which I saw as casual and rustic good-eats meets trendy hipster-like setting in a hot dining neighborhood. The noise level was high, but in an energetic way were we could still converse and hear at a normal decibel level.
So. We had two pizzas. I wanted to order quite a bit more but my husband wasn’t feeling on top of his game so we just went in for the basics. Mike had a prosciutto pie with freshly cut prosciutto, fresh made and torn mozzarella, and tomatoes. I went for something a bit more crazy and tried the lemon pizza. This was topped with thin lemon and jalapeño slices, fresh mozzarella and bonito. I loved the dough of the pizza and for me it was the best part. My husband thought it was too “chewy”, but I don’t even know what that means, so I’m ignoring it. We recently came across an Eater Article of the best pizzas in the country, 3 of which were located in our old neighborhood in Brooklyn (which we frequented regularly). Point being, I think we know a thing or two about artisan pizza, and Pastoral was good. If I had it my way, I would want a few more options for these magical creations made so authentically in their pizza oven. Although ingredient quality was both high and unique, I’d like to see a few more variations on some Naples classics. Just my opinion. All in, we paid about 50 bucks including tip. We had two drinks. Dessert looked awesome but we were too full. I will definitely save room for it next time.
All in, Pastoral is going to be a huge hit. The food is tasty, gluten-free options are available for both pizza and pasta, and it’s a fun and vibrant crowed that makes people happy. Check it out, but give them a call first and be sure to book a table!