Got an urge for Italian done right? Look no further than Centra, which has become the go-to place for authentic rustic Italian in the Geelong region.
Modern, stylish, classy, and winner of 3AW’s 2017 Pub of the Year, the main focus is the food, but you must not disregard their extensive wine list, with a wide range of local and international varieties. If you prefer enjoying a meal with some damn fine Shiraz or Pinot Gris, Centra is a MUST, having worked closely with local grape and grain growers to provide exclusive beverages that best suits the atmosphere and menu. If you are more into liqueurs and spirits though, rest assured, your tastes will be catered for.
As for the food, Centra is all about locally sourced seasonal produce that’s flavoursome, expressive, honest and (most importantly) delicious.
Boasting a lavish European-inspired menu, Centra have the ability to cater to every type of foodie. From the Salumi Misti and ricotta gnocchi, to lemon and rosemary chicken mattone and the four cheese pizza, you’ll fall in love with the food – time and time again.
A standout, however, is the garlic focaccia. I don’t recall ever having a Garlic Bread quite like what Centra served up. Maybe that was because it was a focaccia, and maybe that was because it was crispier than your standard pub fare, but whatever the reason, it was good… really good. There’s even a cheese option which I can guarantee is just as delicious.
If you’re wanting to keep it simple and stick to a pizza, then you won’t be disappointed here. Centra is probably overlooked when it comes to the best Pizza in Geelong, but it would easily be in the mix – especially when they’ve got options like the prosciutto and rucola, or the ‘Pizza Ortolana’, complete with mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and olives. With a crispy, yet cloud like base, paired with the traditional Italian style of not overloading toppings, allowing each flavour to distinguish itself, the pizza is a standout.
Winter is the get-out-of-jail-free season when it comes to tucking into indulgent old-school desserts, and lucky for us, Centra know how to satisfy the sweet tooth with their selection of comfort foods. Sit back and indulge in the tiramisu or the baked lemon tart with cream and strawberries. If the chill doesn’t faze you, opt for the yoghurt and honey pannacotta or the authentic gelati and sorbet.
Whilst food and drink is their Forte (pardon the pun!), an inviting courtyard, common room and lounge ensure a catch up for an after-work drink, function or get together are all catered to with ease.
Go on, check it out for yourself. Your tastebuds will love you for it.
You can find Centra at 131 Yarra St, Geelong, open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm. Call them on 5224 1515 to book your table.