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Cafe Nocello - 15 Jan 2012

Cuisine: Italian, pizza
Location: Success, close to Gateway Shopping Centre

I have a more recent food review of Cafe Nocello here.

One of the guys at work told me about this place so since I was in the area, I decided to pop by. Just a stone’s throw away from Kwinana Freeway off Beeliar Drive is Gateway Shopping Centre. Unfortunately, thanks to the restricted trading laws in Perth, nothing is open and so the large expansive carpark is empty. Driving through you will see a nice modern an inviting area with outdoor seating next to the youth centre which is Cafe Nocello.

It was a really hot day but a cool breeze brought welcome relief. However, we were definitely taking a table indoors. I stood at the front entrance and a waitress came by and greeted us and took us to a table. She was very friendly and provided good service throughout our meal. Before we even sat down she was offering us drinks which was a welcome relief given the hot sun so a bottle of cold water was brought out. The inside is light and inviting and a more than welcoming environment to come by and enjoy a quiet lunch. Against the back wall are comfy benches while the rest of us get the chairs. We had a look through the menu and weren’t particularly hungry so we decided to share a wood fired pizza and opted for the Rustica – tomato sauce base, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, olives and mozzarella. The pizza didn’t take all that long to come out to our table. A thin, light pizza base with a lovely tomato sauce, and a decent spread of mozzarella without being too cheesy, provided a lovely moistness. There was a good serving of olives and meats. The meats were a little salty at times which makes me think maybe I should have opted for less of a “meateater’s” style pizza and more of a pizza with other toppings. I also felt a bit like something sweet to finish things off so I went over to the gelato stand and looked through the flavours. I opted for the ferrero rocher where I was served a scoop and was offered a cone or a glass dish. I went with the glass dish and enjoyed the lovely chocolatey flavour of the ice cream. However, for $9 it is a very steep price to pay. I thought I might get a few scoops or a lesser price.

Cafe Nocello also has a range of pastas, wood fired pizzas, mains, sides, and desserts for dine in or takeaway.

Cafe Nocello Food Review Summary

Verdict: I enjoyed the simplicity of the wood fired pizza. It didn’t have much of a smoky coal flavour to the pizza base though but the toppings were ample and simple and allowed the flavours to shine through. The gelato is actually that of Il Gelato, the supplier of delicious gelato where I’ve eaten some of their delights at their Perth location. I was a bit stunned to get charged $9 for a scoop though.
Price: Reasonable
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent (except the 1 scoop of Il Gelato)
Recommendation: Recommend

Cafe Nocello Restaurant Details

http://www.cafenocello.com.au/
Cafe Nocello on Urbanspoon

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Cafe Nocello - 15 Jan 2012, reviewed by Shaun on 2012-01-15T18:44:32+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5
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2 comments to Cafe Nocello – 15 Jan 2012

  • shit service, food is shit as well all seems like they serving 2 days old food. Owner is too rude with the staff & proving shit service. it is only the wastege of money.

    • Hi Simon, sorry to see you had such a bad experience. One of my work mates told me about this place and had said it was really good and as time went by, the prices rose. Seems the standard is slipping or maybe a one-off bad experience.

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