MELBOURNE | I was invited to visit the recently opened Brunswick East location of bakery Baketico, one of six across town. They’re an evolution of what started as a single pie shop in 2018, by chef Raymond Capaldi and his partner, PR guru Jodi Crocker.
Baketico offer the full Wonderpies range (they’re some of the best pies in the city), as well as artisanal breads, other baked treats, and grab-and-go deli produce. You can also find the duo’s Plantico plant-based take-home meals and Pandy Bakeshop vegan and gluten-free desserts.
When I visited (the Brunswick East location is fortuitously located in a new development on the site of what was Matt Wilkinson’s Pie Shop), I grabbed a few things to try. A flat white, made using Code Black beans, and the ‘Hammo’ toastie. The toastie is a classic done right, with shaved honey ham, vintage cheddar, and sun ripe heirloom tomatoes.
To go, and enjoy for dinner, I couldn’t not try the lasagne pie. It is, as the name suggests, lasagne inside a pie. It’s as good as it sounds. Just make sure if you’re getting it to eat later, that you heat it up properly so that the cheese gets all gooey. For something sweet, I asked the person behind the counter what she recommended, and without hesitation I was told to grab a vanilla slice. I did exactly that, and wasn’t disappointed.
Baketico is a great addition to the area, and while the space is quite small right now, the full site is quite large, with plans for a bit of a community hub with food trucks, events, and creative spaces for local artists.
Baketico (Brunswick East)
75 Nicholson Street
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm