The other weekend, Mr M had convinced me to go on an overnight bush walk. However, inclement weather meant that our chosen spot was a little flooded and our walking plans were downgraded to a single day of hiking.
I will admit this here I’m not a big hiker. I don’t really enjoy it, I think it’s my impatience. However, I was pleased when I managed to find a nice walk for us to do, just outside of Kyneton. I was quite happy when the hiking also gave me a chance to do something I really like to do… eating.
On Twitter I asked for suggestions for a casual meal in Kyneton (we were still wearing our walking gear) and Danny suggested Pizza Verde – noting it was some of the best pizza he had (you can read about his experience here). A big call.
Pizza verde is relaxed and casual. I liked its simple white washed walls and the retro formica tables and vinyl chairs were pretty cute.
Unsurprisingly, Pizza Verde’s speciality is pizzas. There are only a handful of items in the ‘not pizza’ part of the menu. They also offer a Sunday Roast special – $28 for two courses. I was pretty tempted by this, but had eaten lamb roast the night before.
We nibbled on some roasted Mount Zero olives and almonds ($8) while we waited for the pizzas to arrive:
In a word – YUM.
On to the main event, I ordered the Diavolo pizza ($18, $22 for gluten free) with Istra hot salami, fior de latte, crushed green olives and chilli:
This was very, very good.
I was really impressed at how thin they had managed to roll out the gluten-free base. As a result, the base was very thin and crisp. Pizza Verde make these GF bases in house and it shows. This would have to be one of the best GF pizzas I have had. The toppings also assisted with the wow factor – the salty olive relish played well against the spice of the chilli and the salami, with a nice fresh hit from the basil. Mmm.
Mr M went for the sausage pizza ($18) with pork and fennel sausage, parmesan, oregano and chilli:
Mr M was a little less enamoured with his pizza than I was with mine. He thought his base could have been a bit crispier, but nonetheless thought it was ‘good’.
All in all, I was very happy with our meal at Pizza Verde – they were tasty, well made pizzas with local ingredients. While the restaurant has recently changed owners, I still really enjoyed the experience. We even had a pretty nice walk too, just don’t tell Mr M I enjoyed it!