Normally I would do a weekly ‘cafe of the week’ post but on this occasion I am going to feature the wildly popular pizzeria, The Forge.
The Forge Pizzeria is located in the heart of the Ballarat CBD on Armstrong St (they also have another location on Sturt St, Alfredton) and has become a favourite for out of towners and locals alike.
Established five years ago by brothers Chris and Tim Matthews, The Forge creates delicious woodfired pizzas made with fresh local produce and high quality deli ingredients.
The Forge Pizzeria on their website say they pride themselves on pizza perfection, passion and a fun laid-back atmosphere.
I have visited The Forge more times than I can count. Infact, I would say that my partner and I – along with various guests – have visited the restaurant for lunch and dinner more often than our local fish and chip shop. And that’s saying something.
It’s definitely our go-to place to wine and dine friends or perfect for a date night that’s not too formal. Be sure to make a reservation, on any night of the week, so you don’t miss out on your pizza craving.
On our last visit we enjoyed one of the weekend special pizzas which was a chargrilled sweet potato pizza with mozzarella, gorgonzola dolce and a rocket, walnut and parmesan salad. We also ordered regular menu item, the Fratellino, a pizza with San Marzano tomato, bocconcini, hot salami, basil, olives and oregano (both pictured, above).
For dessert we ordered the special which was vanilla and yoghurt bavarois with local spiced quince and crunchy granola (right).
My only critiscism is that The Forge have for some reason taken their mind-blowingly delicious gnocchi off the menu in the recent months.
Alas, there are several yummy options at The Forge (like the Strawberry and white chocolate pizza, pictured right) and although I’m not a huge pizza fan like my partner (I’m more of a pasta girl), I can honestly say that their woodfired creations are my all-time favourite.
The Forge Pizzeria
14 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
OPEN 7 Days: 12-10pm
(03) 5337 6635