2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

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"Pizza Bar in Pakington Street, West Geelong offers a great value for money experience where the food is terrific, the staff are fantastic , the setting eclectic and the experience complete".

The wood fired oven at the heart of Pizza Bar

"The Pizzas were served at the ideal temperature - and promptly!"

"The toppings on pizzas were generous and the crust was a good thickness and the texture well kneaded."

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final judges comments

September 2012

Pizza Bar in Pakington Street, West Geelong is still packing customers in with its interesting and tasty pizza offerings. Fun and casual, it's always a popular choice with the locals.  Prior to our mains we ordered the local southern calamari with parmigiano and fried mint followed by the mushroom pizza which comes with a green salad and glass of wine. The mushroom pizza was full of different mushroom tastes. Other choices included the lamb ragout with Papperdelle The pasta was silky in texture and cooked well. The dessert of Pecan, Pear pizza was delicious. The Wine list at Pizza bar included a reasonable selection of wines and a good range of wines by the glass.  The coffee at Pizza Bar remains one of its strenghts - it had good strength and temperature and the tea was served in a nice pot and leaf tea was used. 

first judges comments

July 2012

Pizza Bar in Pakington Street West Geelong is a funky and stylish restaurant, reminiscent of cafes in Richmond. Perfectly suited to the style of food served and the customers it attracts. The menu looks so great it is hard to select a meal as there are many delicious things to choose from. Am I sure I want pizza, or do I want to try the Osso Buco, can I fit in a salad as well as the polenta chips, and then which pizza do I choose? The food at Pizza Bar is really good - great pizza of interesting combinations and fresh ingredients. Eventually I chose the polenta chips, crisp but light with a decadent gorgonzola sauce, and then went for the Osso Buco. Loved the caprese salad and polenta chips, wanted to try everything else!  Then Pizzas were very good as well having generous toppings and crispy bases.  The gluten free pizza is also a very good option to have on the menu. 
There where heaps of wines available by the glass and quite a few Italian wines. I had the Stumpy Gully Sangiovese which was cheap, earthy and very drinkable. Good to go with pizza. I liked the tasting notes with the wines.  They where very helpful. Service at Pizza Bar is quick and relaxed, and the restaurant busy and cheerful. My coffee was very nice, creamy, good temperature and had dark rich flavours.  Pizza Bar is a really good pizza restaurant. They take their food seriously and everything is reasonably priced.

what they say

This funky cafe in trendy Pakington Street West Geelong under chef Luke Mirbile has rapidly earned a huge following and would shine in Richmond or Carlton.  Pizza Bar appeals to people looking for a vibrant and relaxed cafe atmosphere and good eating and wines that will not stress the bank card.  No bookings are necessary in the main dining area but you can book for the adjacent "Bar Pizza" seating 50 extra guests. 
Pizza Bar
type of venue Restaurant - Casual Dining
cuisineTraditional Italian pizzas with Australian influences and wood fired claypots
Previous Golden Plate AwardsWINNER – BEST RESTAURANT CASUAL DINING 2011 
Nominations for 2015 AwardsWinner - Best Restaurant Casual Dinning Geelong Otway Region 2010
head chef Luke Mirbile
gluten-free foods availableyes
price guide
- Entreefrom $8.00 to $15.00
- Mainfrom $13.00 to $25.00
- Dessertfrom $6.00 to $12.00
Wine - Glassfrom %7.00 to $7.50
Wine - Bottlefrom $30.00 to $32.00
trading days and hours
Tuesday5.00 pm to late
Wednesday5.00 pm to late
Thursday5.00 pm to late
Friday5.00 pm to late
Saturday5.00 pm to late
Sunday5.00 pm to late
cards acceptedVisa, Mastercard and Entertainment
contact details
street address137 Pakington Street
suburbGeelong West
parking availabilitystreet parking and public parking at rear
phone number(03) 5229 5394

2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

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