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HOT: The Forge Pizzeria, Ballarat

The Forge Pizzeria in Ballarat is an award-winning pizzeria inhabiting a huge warehouse-style space in a 19th century building.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

The interior decor is a softened industrial look, with exposed brickwork, concrete floors and recycled timber tables and vintage seating. There's loads of space to move and park prams.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

True to its name, the centrepiece at The Forge Pizzeria are two red glowing pizza ovens operating just like an old-fashioned blacksmith’s forge.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

When we are given the menus we don't even bother looking at the entrees and headed straight to the pizzas. You can't go wrong with a classic Margherita! Personally, I like my pizza base thinner and crisper but I like the fact that none of the pizzas are oily or greasy and include interesting ingredient combinations.


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The Forge Pizzeria also has a kids menu with simplified pizza and pasta options.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

And of course there's always dessert pizza!

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

While we wait for our food the kids happily amuse themselves at the back play area.

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat

It is one of the most stylish restaurant kids areas I’ve seen, with miniature vintage school chairs, wooden beaded toys, colouring pencils and colouring-in templates, a huge chalkboard with fat coloured chalk and a wall pinned full of artistic creations.

The Forge Pizzeria is a relaxed and stylish place to eat when you’re in Ballarat, especially if you have kids in tow. A family-friendly dining destination we would love to have in Melbourne!

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HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • toys, games, drawing, kids furniture;
  • kids menu; and
  • standard menu suitable for kids.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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