Fellow blogger, Miss C and I decided to head to the region with our obliging other halves at rather late notice on the weekend. I was delighted to learn that the Yarra Valley Farmers' Market coincided with our visit. Yering Station is a very picturesque location for such a market and the produce did not disappoint - beautiful cheeses, breads, meat, fresh produce and lots of ready-made things to sample and buy.
After a market wander and cup of coffee, we made our way over to Zonzo - the main event for the day. We were seated right in front of the roaring fire, complete with bovine adornment.
A bottle of Sangiovese came as we admired the view of gnarled vines outside, complemented beautifully by the rustic, but elegant interior decor.
We opted to share all dishes and started with a couple of deep fried morsels.
Carciofi Fritti (crumbed artichoke hearts drizzled with vincotto) 13
Both starters were excellent - crunchy and comforting. However, the real stand out of the day for me was the pizza. This was the best pizza I've eaten in a very long time. Maybe even since Italy!
L-R: Pizza con Melanzane; Pizza con Porcini; Pizza con Bresaola 23 each
The base was thin and a perfect balance of crispy, but maintained that requisite chewy "thang" that all good pizza must have.
My personal favourite was the Pizza con Bresaola (nearest below), which was topped with slightly salty, finely sliced Wagyu, basil, buffalo mozzarella and olive oil.
Calzone alla Ricotta (foreground); Calzone alla Fragola (background) 14
After early morning wine tasting, followed by a bottle of wine, it was clearly time to slip next door to Train Track winery and get stuck into a bit more vino, right?! When in the Yarra Valley...
All in all, a fantastic day out with even better friends. Zonzo: we will be returning!