A place that’s called the Pizza Factory gives me visions of Willy Wonka, as if it is some sort of Italian dream factory where morsels of deliciousness are pumped out of an oven, piping hot with the smell of bread flooding the air around it.
“Everyone in the street has been asking me for something to eat for the last 3 months.”
Michael Moretti aka Mick Bello, is the man behind the factory, which opened its front doors to customers on Friday 13th of October. Michael has been in the pizza game a long time, and with 23 years as a Pizzaiolo, he knows his way around some dough.
“What it’s about is that people can come by in the day, or at night and not be forced to order a whole pizza, instead just buying a slice.”
The sliced pizza in question is a square, more Sicilian style of pizza with a thicker base and a crunchier exterior. You might get something like a classic peperoni, or maybe something different like potato and rosemary slice, but what separates Michael’s pizza from the rest is his cultured dough, developed after years as a dedicated pizzaiolo.
“The pizza factory uses a cultured yeast that has been growing now for almost 3 months.”
The cultured yeast gives a sharpness to not only his pizza, but also his range of breads that are also for sale. Michael bakes rolls, buns, focaccia and sliced Italian ciabatta all from his sourdough starter that you’ll be able to buy.
However if the thought of hot bread isn’t already making you salivate, it’s not the only thing that Michael is doing with his sourdough bread; he is also making subs with Italian fillings along with arancini and croquettes to snack on. The Pizza Factory is BYO so it’s a nice spot to bring a bottle of wine, get a pizza by the slice and maybe a little croquette.
The shops walls are uncovered chip-board mixed with highly veneered timber benches that wrap around the interior and the huge windows that overlook the industrial warehouses of Marrickville. In the frames of the windows are little bunches of Italian herbs that Michael uses from time to time in his pizzas.
The Pizza Factory will also be doing Coffee from Coffee and Co, so if you’re in the neighbourhood or are hanging for a slice of pizza with an espresso, get down to The Pizza Factory.
The Pizza Factory
35 Meeks Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
7am-2pm 5pm-10pm Everyday