Barncastle, Blue Hill, Maine

by Maggie Battista on August 24, 2009

in Maine, Restaurateurs


What do you get when you cross a barn with a castle? Apparently, a pretty great pizza joint. While snoring away the hours up in Maine a few weeks ago, we got hungry. We were over lobster, craving a more earthier, starchier menu. Good, local friends, the type of friends who were part of the reason we decided to get married in Maine years ago, recommended Barncastle in Blue Hill, Maine. These friends gave great wedding advice, so we now listen to all their advice, including pizza joint recommendations!

The wood-fired pizza was chewy, crunchy and, despite doused with toppings, had a good ratio of cheese to veggies to crust. We were so in love with Barncastle’s food, that we returned to try their spanakopita. I am not a spanakopita expert and I’m sure many of you may chide me for this but I love TANG in my spanakopita. I crave a spinach mixture that screams “FETA!” I really appreciated the tanginess of their filling. In fact, I’d give plenty for another slice right now. Alas, a six hour drive is not in my near-term future, but I continue to dream about that tangy feta and spinach combo. Is it hard to make?! Perhaps we shall see…


Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • amandascookin

    Ohhh it looks delicious!!

  • amandascookin

    Ohhh it looks delicious!!

  • Jocelyn

    Hi Maggie,

    My name is Jocelyn and I am with Dwellable. I am looking for fun and
    authentic blogs about Blue Hill and yours happened to catch my eye. If
    you’re open to it, shoot me an e-mail at jocelyn(at)dwellable(dot)com.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    - Jocelyn

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