My boyfriend and I were up visiting family in the Middlebury, VT, area this weekend, so we got to visit some of our favorite restaurants, and discover a few new ones. All 3 places are Vermont Fresh Network members.
First up was Pizza on Earth in Charlotte - a little place way out on a farm in the country that does thin crust pizza and rustic breads in a wood-fired oven. They do take-out only, and only two nights a week, but its worth the drive. We got both their chicken and veggie specials, which they happily split, and also a pepperoni. We also brought back a cinnamon brioche and pain au chocolat for breakfast the next day (both were delicious heated up in the oven for a few). The pizzas were nicely done - good charred thin crust, spicy pepperoni, and nice touches like garlic oil and fresh mozzarella. My only complaint is that they don't have any tables there, so we had to drive our pizza home for 20 minutes, by which time it was fairly lukewarm. It would be great to have tried it when it was freshly made!
My boyfriend's sister works at Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburg, so we always go there for dinner. Despite the family connection, it really is a fantastic restaurant. We loved the chevre-filled ravioli with vodka cream sauce appetizer, and the salad with grilled lady apples, roasted sweet potato, walnuts and blue cheese vinaigrette. The lentil, parsnip and turnip soup tasted as disappointing as it sounds, unfortunately. The entrees made up for this, though, with a great Eggplant Napolean with wild rice, spinach, and fresh mozzarella, and also a delicious king salmon on mashed sweet potato.
Went for lunch/ brunch on Sunday to a spot that our family had been raving about - the Old Brick Cafe in Williston. Its located in a renovated 19th century building, with pleasant decor and a semi-open kitchen. Unfortunately, theyd been slammed the whole day, and were out of an awful lot of menu items. I ordered a pesto chicken panini, cup of soup and soft German pretzels, and was told no chicken, no soup, and no pretzels). Finally ended up with a breakfast burrito on a homemade wrap and a big soft chocolate chip cookie. Both were delicious, but I was a little disappointed by the lack of food at 1:30 in the afternoon! I talked to the owners, and theyd had 170 diners in for brunch that day with only two people working in the kitchen, so I understand the difficulties. Well have to try again on a non-holiday weekend, methinks.
Pizza on Earth
Bingham Brook Farm
1510 Hinesburg Road, Charlotte, VT 05445
Tuesday & Thursday (june to sept)
Tuesday & Friday (october to may)
400-7:30, take out only
Starry Night Cafe
5371 Rt. t, Ferrisburg, VT 05456
Weds to Sunday, 5:30-9pm
Old Brick Cafe
7921 Williston Road
Williston, VT 05495