After a successful five years in Hawthorn East, chefs and mates Kris Bailey and Matt Hunter have teamed up with Grill’d co-founder, Geoff Bainbridge. The trio has opened a second Pizza Religion on Malvern’s Claremont Avenue.
The trio has brought in creatives from South Melbourne’s Zwei Interiors, Fabio Ongarato Design and Lark Group to bring, “The teenage version of Pizza Religion” (as Bainbridge puts it ) to life. Larger in size and working with the corner building’s own unique characteristics, Bainbridge says, “We really like the idea that no two Pizza Religion stores will look the same.”
Warm lighting, copper trimmings, calming greens and wooden undertones create a relaxed and earthy vibe in each of the dining rooms. You can walk-in and grab a cider or beer on tap from up at the marble bar. Or park yourself for hours at one of the leather banquettes that line the perimeter of the space; ideal for sharing a pizza and a bottle of wine. Over in the main restaurant section, custom-made tables and a louver feature wall give a contemporary feel.
The menu will predominantly remain the same as in Hawthorn, and there are no plans to serve traditional-style pizzas. “We're not Italian, so we're not here to make Italian-type pizzas,” Hunter says. Their goal is to continue creating interesting yet familiar flavours. And having already won the title for Best Pizza in 2012 for its Beef Cheek combo and then again in 2014 for its Morcilla pizza, it's safe to say Pizza Religion’s famed thin-crust menu doesn’t need changing.
12–18 Claremont Avenue, Malvern
Mon to Wed 4pm–10pm
Thu & Fri 12pm–10pm
Sat & Sun 4pm–10pm
(03) 9882 2555