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Cafe Nocello - 5 Aug 2012

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

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

I had been driving by on a Sunday afternoon and decided to check in to Cafe Nocello for a late lunch. I was keen to try their pizza and pasta dishes. There’s a lovely outdoor area but it was a little cold so decided to opt for a table indoors. The inside is very smart and modern. Having my parents as company, that allowed us to order a few dishes to be shared. It took a bit of time to get the attention of the staff but we managed to catch the eye of one of the owners who had quite a jovial appeal about him. After having a look through the menu, we decided to order the following:

  • Capricciosa pizza ($23.50) – tomato sauce, mozzarella, smoked ham, mushrooms, olives
  • Fettuccine con gamberi ($26.50) – flat ribbon pasta with prawns, onion, bacon, garlic, and chilli
  • Ravioli (can’t remember the name of the dish and it’s not on the online menu) ($26.50) – smoked trout, ricotta, spinach, and capers

We waited a reasonable time sipping on the cold iced water at our table before our meals were brought out. The Capricciosa wood fired pizza was delicious. Lovely light thin base with ample toppings, lovely stringy gooey mozzarella along with the other toppings, just made for a delicious pizza. The only thing missing was that really smokey flavour one can get from the wood fired oven. Next up was the ravioli which was also delicious. Lovely soft pasta parcels that just broke away once the knife ran through, creamy texture via the ricotta but not cheesy. The spinach added a lovely flavour with it’s buddy, ricotta, and there was enough smoked trout to give that fishy flavour without it overpowering the dish. The explosion of salty bursts from the capers added another dimension. While served in a light creamy sauce, it wasn’t a rich dish.  Fantastic, I loved it. Lastly, plenty of well cooked fettuccine covered in a salmon coloured sauce, surrounding plenty of good sized prawns. I enjoyed this meal but the other two before it easily out-shadowed this meal. Tasty nonetheless. Amongst the three of us, we were satisfied. I was eyeing the dessert menu but had to pass unfortunately as I was too full. Mum and Dad instead enjoyed a delicious coffee which they remarked was among the best they’ve had.

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 really enjoyed the wood fired Capricciosa pizza with a lovely light base, ample toppings and great flavours. The smoked trout ravioli was the highlight for me. While served with a creamy sauce, it wasn’t rich and had the perfect balance of ingredients. Enough smoked trout to give it’s flavour, lots of ricotta to add a creaminess, the spinach to dull things down, and the salty burst of the capers to present a contrast. The fettuccine con gamberi contained plenty of prawns and in well cooked pasta with the sauce, went down well. Despite the lunch being excellent, the bill was more than I expected. This place is a bit on the pricey side and recommend the takeaway option where most of the dishes can be had for a much cheaper price. Can’t fault the deliciousness of their food though.
Price: Reasonable (on the pricey side of a moderate price though)
Taste: Delicious
Value: Reasonable
Recommendation: Recommend

See my prior blog post:
Food Review of Cafe Nocello – Jan 2012

Cafe Nocello Restaurant Details

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

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Cafe Nocello - 5 Aug 2012, reviewed by Shaun on 2012-08-05T20:28:15+00:00 rating 4.2 out of 5
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