After the setting the bar really high on my last visit, the challenge is to sustain it. Tonight didn’t reach the same highs but the food was still delicious. I loved the flavours of the perfectly seasoned calamari but it was a tad chewy. The ravioli contained a lovely soft ricotta and spinach filling and the tomato sauce was bursting with energy and flavour which took it to another level. The tiramisu was also delicious and a lovely way to finish off the night with a generous serving once again, of light moist tiramisu. I’m really glad to see a quality Italian offering in East Perth.
A new offering to East Perth is Maruzzella Restaurant which serves coffee in the mornings, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The menu offers a range of dishes from pasta to pizza and also offers takeaway. They have specials each month so I tried the business special for $29.90 which includes a main and a choice of dessert. The roasted porchetta was generous in serving, beautifully cooked, moist, and had a crunchy crackling. Served with a delicious sauce, a few vegetables, olive oil with crushed garlic and chilli for additional flavour, this was a superb dish. For dessert I ordered the wobbling chocolate panna cotta. One bite of the smooth silky panna cotta took me to chocolate heaven! A truly fantastic dessert which is definitely not one to share. Be greedy and devour immediately upon serving. Superb value, delicious, served and eaten within the hour.
Brando’s is open 7 days a week and been going since 1993. They offer breakfast on the weekends and the menu contains a range of pizzas to choose from as well as mains. I got a takeaway order of the Brando’s special large pizza (other sizes available) and I really enjoyed the freshness and flavour of the tomato sauce. I think it helped make the pizza. The thin base was lovely as too were the toppings. Pretty tasty pizza. I also enjoyed a spinach and ricotta ravioli which had a lovely light tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan for extra flavour. I also grabbed a delicious cannoli for dessert.
Millioncino is a family run restaurant offering Sicilian cuisine, fine dining, an extensive wine list judging by the bottles about, but in a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Rome. I took the waitstaff’s recommendation and went with a sardine, pine nut, fennel and sultana spaghetti. A generous serving of sardine oil covered spaghetti, fine bread crumbs, chunks of small tasty sardines, and a fruity burst from the sultanas. A delicious dish that satisfies. I also had cannoli which was filled with lots of rich mascarpone and a lesser amount of ricotta inside a crisp and crunchy pastry. Pretty tasty but prefer a less richer version and a slightly soft pastry.
La Scarpetta is an Italian restaurant that is also open for breakfast and puts an Italian stamp on the dishes, so you’re not getting the standard breakfast menu you would find elsewhere. I had the open calzone with delicious thick sliced Ciabatta toast. The calzone is a little intense with the strong earthy flavours of the field mushrooms, but the ricotta helps to balance it out a little and the herbs add extra flavour. Lovely breakfast to start the day.
I stopped by for takeaway at CaffeItalia where I got a pizza, pasta, and a dessert. The saporita pizza had a nice light thin base with plenty of gooey mozzarella cheese, soft juicy capsicum and chunks of spiced potato. A tasty pizza. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in a four cheese sauce presented soft ravioli parcels in a thin tomato cream sauce, but lacked seasoning. A dash of salt lifts the dish but the lack of a salty punch from the cheese makes the dish pretty tasty rather than something more. The tiramisu is light and is very creamy. A huge portion presented allows you to enjoy the sponge coffee soaked fingers which is a lovely finish to the meal. Solid Italian food but could be better.
It’s great to see new additions to Perth and No Mafia offers patrons a completely different menu comprising dishes from southern Italy including wines from that region. There’s no pasta or pizza one might expect from a typical Italian restaurant, but a set of simple uncomplicated dishes, generally revolving around seafood, which allow the flavours to shine through. I started with bresoala, akin to proscuitto, air dried beef cut super thin you can see through it. Drizzled with a little olive oil, the cured meat is delicious. I really liked the simplicity of the swordfish crudo which allowed the taste of the sea to shine through with seasoning provided by anchovy oil, peppery parsley, salty capers, and a touch of seasoning. I also got some pickled vegetables, gardiniera, which were completely different to anything I’ve had previously, and pickled white anchovies which lost it’s salty intensity and presented a different mouth feel, the fleshy meat shining through with the acidic burst giving a freshness. For dessert it’s hard to go past cannoli and I liked the soft crunch of the pastry surrounding a lovely ricotta, pistachio and chocolate filling. A lovely end to the meal.
Threecoins Italian Trattoria is not a fancy restaurant but one that is family owned and run. This kind of venue presents an inviting atmosphere with good honest food served to patrons and judging by the business of the restaurant, it’s popular with the locals. Stepping in reminds me of my time in Rome and it probably wouldn’t look out of place with the checked red and white tablecloths. I really loved the pumpkin ravioli which was excellent, presenting silky smooth pasta in a lovely Parmesan sauce. The pizza was rather underwhelming for my mind. While it presents a lovely light wood-fired base with lovely toppings confined to separate quarters, it lacked seasoning, punch, and was rather flat. The beef cheeks also lacked a touch of seasoning but was super tender and thoroughly enjoyed with grilled polenta and a sharp salad. I thought they really excelled in their desserts with a delicious light tiramisu and a super smooth pannacotta made from yoghurt to produce a touch of sourness against the usual richness. The Nutella calzone was quite tasty, not too chocolatey and lovely with the ice cream. It’s a bit heavy as a dessert with all that dough. A dinner at Threecoins will present a solid meal in a lovely atmosphere, though, their food falls short in flavour compared to a few other Italian restaurants I’ve visited.
My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal.
Cuisine: Italian, French, Modern Australian Location: Perth CBD – Wesley Quarter I have a more recent food review of The Painted Bird here. Obviously the Perth dining scene is very competitive and it seems the sudden explosion of restaurants in Perth over the past few years is unsustainable with a […]