Now that the weather is as crisp as autumn apples, I’ve once again begun to crave the heartier things life has to offer. Pasta, curry, noodles, and of course, a good pizza. And that’s where Pizza Religion comes in.
Ever since I got a recommendation from Sarah that pretty much went ‘OHMIGAWD MING HAVE YOU BEEN TO PIZZA RELIGION?’, I’ve wanted to go. Except it seemed like such a pain to get to, being in the middle of suburban Melbourne and not really close to any trains. Then I realised that there was a tram that goes right by, so I got on that (literally and metaphorically) in a jiffy.
Pizza Religion is a humble place. It’s a little bit cramped and gloomy in the outer section but then we walked through a narrow walkway and all of a sudden, we were in a beautiful courtyard. The heater was going, the rain was bouncing off the clear plastic sheets, and we could smell the pizzas in the oven – it was perfect.
|Chorizo Pizza ($18)
Chorizo, prawns, and jalapenos? Sold. Except Chris wasn’t so thrilled about the jalapenos, but I managed to convince him that he could just pick them off. The Chorizo Pizza ($18) was a vibrant take on a traditional sausage pizza, the sweet prawns and chunky, piquant chorizo melding together perfectly on a crispy base. It was also a little bit spicy thanks to the jalapenos and chipotle sauce but, it’s the kind of spicy that tingles the lips and makes you want to take another bite.
|Mushroom Pizza ($17)
I also had my eyes on the Mushroom Pizza ($17), which has already been raved about by many bloggers. I absolutely loved this; the mushrooms were dark and earthy, complemented by the sweetness of the onion and balsamic, and a faint underscore of musty Talleggio cheese. It was the perfect autumn pizza, heady with the flavours of a good harvest.
I really, really enjoyed Pizza Religion. The pizzas were wholesome, fresh and rather exciting, and the courtyard on a rainy afternoon was comfortable like sitting in your pyjamas with a cup of tea. I sincerely hope the people who live in the vicinity know just how lucky they are.
Rating: 15/20 – church of the mushroom pizza.
The rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.