Pizza Religion Geelong
After seven years and three restaurants in Melbourne, Pizza Religion put down roots a little closer to the coast. Matt Hunter, co-owner of the Melbourne stores, teamed up with newcomer Mat Mackay to bring number four to life.
The 300-square-metre building offers a lot of room to play. It features a large bar and ample seating. The fit-out is comfortable but contemporary, with just a touch of neon. “Pizza” is painted in tall yellow letters across the bright-red exterior wall, making the building hard to miss.
Geelong has an identical menu to the Melbourne restaurants, though most produce is sourced locally. Thin-base, non-traditional hits include pork and veal meatball with pecorino and balsamic glaze; butternut pumpkin, pesto, goats cheese and toasted almonds; and of course, the cult 18-hour braised beef cheek with cauliflower puree, caramelised onion, gremolata and truffle oil.
Consistent with its Melbourne ventures, Pizza Religion Geelong is focused on the community. The restaurant sponsors the local cricket association and four local football clubs. It has also developed an award with schools in the region called The Chosen One, which aims to reward academic achievement with free pizza.
The restaurant has a license to home-deliver booze, so you can get your dinner and a bottle of beer or wine delivered to the comfort of your couch.