After one of his recent visits, the founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, cookbook author, and host of America”s Test Kitchen recently weighed in on Fireworks and Executive Chef Matthew Blau…
My family and I often stop at Fireworks when we pass through Brattleboro. The food is simple, well-prepared, and is one of our top go-to spots to dine in Vermont. It is always a pleasure.
There are a small handful of great chefs in Vermont and Matthew Blau is one of them. He understands the flavors of food and how to bring them out, not disguise them with culinary tricks. Eating at a Matthew Blau restaurant is always a singular pleasure.
Best New Italian Restaurant 2009
James Beard Award winner Matthew Blau’s year-old eatery brings upscale pizza (white clam, fig and prosciutto) and homemade pasta to the state”s southern portal.
With its excellent regionally sourced food, chic yet unpretentious setting and welcoming service, Fireworks has become a Vermont foodie destination since it opened in early 2008. Chef-owner Matthew Blau is passionate about making simple food from quality ingredients. Pizzas from the brick oven are excellent; try a combination of roasted squash, sage pesto, chicken and Gorgonzola, or fig jam, prosciutto, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. Among the pastas, a standout is the Portuguese-style spaghetti, with mussels, clams, pancetta, sausage, garlic, tomato and chilies swimming in a savory, scented broth. Red meat staples like steak frites and Black Angus burgers round out the menu. Outside, Brattleboro still feels like the old days, with its quaint, small-town historic district and the Main Street Clock that has been ticking there since 1908, but inside Fireworks, you’ll experience the new Vermont: dark wood, low lights, a hip vibe, fresh, contemporary food spinning out of the open kitchen and a steady stream of smiling people walking out the door.
People Just Like You
Over the course of our first year in business, people like you voiced their opinions on a number of dining and travel sites including those listed below. We encourage feedback from all of our customers and hope you’ll be inspired to join the discussions already in progress or to start your own on your favorite foodie website or blog. Better yet, drop in for a meal and tell us in person!