New Chef brings new ideas, pizzas and experiences for our Forge regulars

Tue, 2016-04-26 16:48 -- nickwillox

Regulars of The Forge Pizzeria’s original restaurant, located at 1771 Sturt Street just past the Arch, can expect to see some changes that will deliver the same Forge experience in a new but familiar way.

The Forge Pizzeria owners Tim and Chris Matthews are thrilled to be rolling out some changes at their Sturt Street restaurant and say they’ll be providing the same great quality food and atmosphere that people have come to expect from The Forge, but with a few twists.

“It’s about delivering the authentic Forge experience, but a little bit differently,” says Chris Matthews.

“It's no secret that wood fired pizza is at the heart of what we do, we love it, it’s our passion, but we’re ready to do more and we’re doing it in Alfredton at our Sturt Street restaurant.

“We have incredibly loyal customers at Sturt Street, but feel there are a lot of people living west of the Arch that mightn’t think they can stay local for a good night out.

“It’s about bringing the vibe, atmosphere and larger offering that has been popular in the Ballarat Central Armstrong St restaurant right back to where we started up at Alfredton just 6 years ago.

“The community is expanding really quickly in Ballarat West and we want people to know that The Forge Pizzeria is a real choice for more than just take away but for a night out with family or friends.

“We love making tasty food in house with local ingredients, the pizza base – hand made, prepared on-site and stretched to order, the fresh pasta – made from scratch by in house by chefs at The Forge and freshly cooked al dente.

“If that’s not enough for people to stay local, and not have to head into town, then maybe the few unique Sturt St menu changes, new flavours and a touch of New York inspiration will be the extra incentive they need” says Mr Matthews.    

Fresh changes kick off with the appointment of new chef, Elias Parada. Elias comes all the way from Brooklyn USA and comes to us with good food and great pizza running through his veins.

“I’m originally from Queens, New York but my family opened a business in Brooklyn, New York, so I spent a lot of my childhood between the two areas” says Mr Parada.

“The whole world lives in New York and I’ve been lucky to enjoy a diverse range of food growing up. It was easy for me to have Japanese for lunch and Italian for dinner. Being surrounded by a variety of food cultures has helped develop my taste of flavours.

“I joined the Forge team in 2013, starting casually as a Pizza Maker, but I’ve been training as an apprentice and now I’m leading the team at Sturt Street. I’m ready and excited to bring my own flavours and ideas to the menu.”

The Sturt Street menu will change and evolve in coming months but starts off with two of Elias’s very own inventions – the Brooklyn and the Queens. We hope the most popular pizza will be a hit and stay on the Sturt Street menu. A number of Brooklyn-esque items will be hitting the menu in the coming months also; just think Forge Style Jalapeno Poppers!

Other changes to be rolled out at the Sturt Street restaurant this year include new menu items and wood fired dishes, extended business hours, monthly special event nights, special food, wine and beer tasting plates, Saturday lunch and an expanded coffee menu.

Customers can check out Elias’s two American inspired pizzas in the restaurant now and vote for your favourite to help it stay on the menu on the Forge Facebook page

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