Monday, March 9, 2020

Posto Bedford: Half-Pizzas, Panuozzo, & All-You-Can-Eat Monday Nights

As I recently mentioned, Osteria Posto and Posto Bedford have a couple new menu items, including Half Pizzas and Panuozzo, open-faced, wood-fired bread sandwiches. I wanted to check them out so I recently had lunch at Posto Bedford, my first time at this new location. It's a large restaurant, with ample seating, and has a nice ambiance. It would be great for a family outing, a date, a business meeting, or just a casual get-together with friends.

The bar is impressive, and quite large, with seating available on both of the longer sides.

And one of the key features of the restaurant is their wood-fired oven, which is visible from the dining room. At Posto Bedford, there are 14 Pizza choices, both Red and White, and they are all available as Half-Pizzas. All of the Pizzas are $15 for a whole pizza and $9 for a half-pizza. To make a half-pizza, they simply use half the amount of dough and create more of an oval pizza rather than their usual round pizzas.

For Red pizzas, you could order a simple Margherita Pizza (mozzarella, parmesan, olive oil, basil, sea salt) or a heartier Porchetta Pizza (fennel roasted pork, fontina, asiago, parmesan, red onion, oregano). For White pizzas, you could opt for the Apple Pizza (gorgonzola crema, applewood bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, vin cotto) or the spicy Shishito Pizza (shishito crema, guanciale, fontina, parmesan, chili oil).

As for Panuozzo, there are 8 choices ($12-$14), and they come with French Fries. For example, you could order the Chicken Milanese ($12) with broccoli rabe, roasted peppers, provolone, and garlic aioli. Or try the Parma ($14), with San Danielle prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette.

We began with a couple Half-pizzas, including the Bianco (fontina, asiago, mozzarella, basil, parmesan). This white pizza was excellent and tasty, with a fine blend of cheese and crust. The crust had such an appealing texture, with a bit of char, and was light and airy, as well as a little chewy. And all of the various cheeses made for a melty mix of cheesy deliciousness. I've had the whole pizzas at the Somerville location of Posto as well as Osteria Posto, and the half-pizza is a little different, with a bit of a thicker crust. I enjoy both types of pizza, but I might have to give a slight edge to the half-pizza as the crust is so tasty and having a little more of it is a pleasure.

I also tried the Toscano, a red pizza with with salumi, pepperoni, sausage, roasted garlic, and oregano. Again, it was absolutely delicious, with an ample amount of tasty meats, with a little spicy heat, and large pieces of garlic. The crust was similar to the Bianco, giving enough weight to the crust to hold all of the toppings. I would definitely order either of these pizzas again.

Finally, I tried the Meatball Panuozzo ($12), made with housemade meatballs, mozzarella, and pomodoro. They make their meatballs from a blend of beef, pork and veal, and I ordered, and greatly enjoyed, them before at their other restaurants, sometimes as an appetizer and other times atop a pizza. They certainly didn't disappoint this time, and this hearty sandwich was filled with plenty of flavorful meatballs slices, lots of gooey mozzarella, and an appealing sauce. Plus, that bread was compelling, the same type of dough used to make their pizza crusts. The french fries were crisp and tasty too. An excellent choice for lunch.

I'll definitely be returning to Posto Bedford and I heartily recommend it to all my readers. In addition, let me give you another reason to dine there. On Monday nights (like tonight!), they offer an All-You-Can Eat Pizza & Pasta special for only $21. The special includes all of the pizzas and pasta  on their menu, so you have plenty of choices, and can explore many different options. This is a great deal so get some friends or family together and check it out.

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