So this year for about five months we lived in Wanaka, New Zealand, doing a ski season. It was amazing, but vegan restaurants were few and far between. Especially considering we’d just come from Melbourne, which is crazy for vegans, the lack of places to eat was disappointing.
We lived about an hour out from Queenstown, but as we didn’t have a car, didn’t get to visit very often. However, for my birthday we decided to hire a car and head down and see what they had to offer. Obviously we weren’t just going to look around the town (which is beautiful, by the way), we were also definitely going to see what vegan options they had.
When I was first looking online, it didn’t seem like they had much. After a long time researching though, I came across Farelli’s Trattoria, a little Italian restaurant that had a separate vegan menu. We love a good pizza and hadn’t had one in ages, so we were excited to go.
We ended up getting there literally just as it opened, so we were the first ones there. They have an outside area which is under cover, so we sat in the little outside bit so we didn’t feel so weird about being the only people there. Also I love to people watch, so that was nice.
The restaurant was really quaint, with an old school Italian style, which I really liked. The outside area had heaters as well, so if you’re there during the winter (like we were) you’ll still be kept nice and cosy.
There was so many options to choose from, but in the end we settled on starting by sharing some ‘cheesy’ garlic bread. This is probably one of my favourite garlic breads I’ve ever had, and has since inspired my own home version. It was whole roasted garlic cloves which were then spread onto the toasted baguette and finished with cheese. It was a really nice change from any other garlic bread I’ve had before. The portion was huge as well, so I was pleased we shared.
Next we both ended up having pizza. Mine came topped with spinach, roast peppers, olives and mushrooms. Sam’s came with cheese and pesto. Both were delicious. The cheese they used, Angel Food dairy free mozzarella, is perfect for pizzas (100% recommend for any New Zealand vegans out there). The base was lovely and crisp and the pizza just felt very authentic. I did find it perhaps a tad weird that the spinach was raw, I expected it to have been wilted, so if I was to go back I’d ask it without it, but that’s just my personal taste.
Finally we decided to finish with dessert, of course. Although we were both incredibly full at this point so decided to share. We had a slice of dairy free chocolate cake with mango sorbet. I was a bit disappointed with this. It was quite dry and didn’t come with any icing. There was a raspberry sauce which helped it a bit, but overall, wasn’t up to the same standard as the starter and the main.
Options are limited in New Zealand, but Farelli’s Trattoria was a fantastic restaurant and I’d 100% recommend to any Italian loving vegans out there who are craving a pizza fix.