Top 10 Italian: Perth
Perth is the up and coming city of Australia, making its way onto the radar of Australian and international food lovers alike. So in a town of new tastes, locations, chefs and delights – where would you find the best Italian?
Continuing our Square Mile Project hunt for the best cuisines in Australian capital cities, we’re looking to Perth-locals to help us find the best pizza and pasta and all things Italian. Based on their responses, here are the Top 10 Italian restaurants in the Perth CBD.
Self-acclaimed ‘Simply put, the best Italian menu in Perth’, Perugino’s is one of Perth’s premier Italian restaurants. Traditional and authentic Italian cuisine is presented in an elegant restaurant, featuring elaborate decor typical of Italy. The restaurant prides itself on the balance of fine food and fine wine, offering a wine menu 30 pages strong. Having spent over 30 years building and defining Perugino, we like to think head chef and owner Giuseppe Pagliaricci and wife Rosalba know exactly what they’re doing – and are well worth a visit.
Caffé Italia was founded and is managed by Roberto Iazzi, an experienced restaurateur who has a long standing family tradition serving the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The menu is influenced by the flavours and techniques of Southern Italy, with the menu constantly changing and adapting to the seasons. The meals are rich, flavoursome and hearty – and likely to remind you of a Nonna’s home cooked meals.
Having recently won the Gold Plate award in the Best European/Mediterranean style restaurant, it’s easy to see why Bistro Bellavista is a Perth favourite. The menu is big and varied, offering a range of Antipasti options (please try the Arrosticini Alla Griglia), pasta dishes, pizza and traditional mains. Having also been shortlisted for the Best Pizza award in 2017, we recommend literally any of the pizza offerings – however if we had to choose, try the Pizza Boscaiola.
Gazette Osteria & Bar
Located in the striking Print Hall in the heart of the CBD, Gazette Osteria & Bar is a modern and playful take on authentic Italian. A combination of elegance, simplicity and a splash of romance, the ambiance of Gazette is reminiscent of modern Italy. Fitted with marble bar tops for casual dining and Italian leather booths for more intimate affairs, the lively restaurant offers the ideal location for an early evening aperitivo followed by a traditional Roman meal.
Lalla Rookh like to think of themselves as the ‘much loved inner city local’ – and we tend to agree. Casual meets fine dining without ever compromising on quality, Lalla Rookh draws on the staples of Italian food with a menu that reveres produce, tradition, plus a bit of creativity in equal measure. If you’re also a wine lover, pop into the Lalla Rookh Wine Store. An intimate 27 seat enoteca style bar, with a global outlook on wines. The wine list is over 300 labels long and can be paired perfectly with the full restaurant menu.
Taking inspiration from the neighbourhood wine bars of Southern Italy, No Mafia is a Perth locals’ favourite, a venue that attracts both food and wine lovers. The menu is versatile, offering both mouth-watering mains and share-plates for larger groups or those focusing slightly more on the wine. The wine list is impressive, featuring both Australian and Italian drops. Our top pick of the menu has to be the slow braised lamb shoulder, paired with soft polenta and house made mint pesto.
Lulu La Delizia
If premium, fresh pasta is your kind of thing – you can’t go past Lulu La Delizia. A small eatery and wine bar specialising, of course in pasta, and the flavours of North-East Italy, Lulu La Delizia brings a world of culinary traditions and wonderful foods. Believing that pasta is one of the most ‘beautiful crafts in the world’ Lulu La Delizia aims to put the focus on the pasta, and not the sauce that often covers it. The pasta is house made using a range of techniques, equipment, recipes and flours, leaving the pasta-lover in a heaven of sorts. The wine list is predominantly Italian and Australian wines, carefully selected to complement the exquisite meals.
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
You’ll be surprised to learn that the idea for the now Perth-famous Francoforte Spaghetti Bar was inspired by Germany, not Italy. Owner, Julian Staltari, was in Frankfurt when he noticed the then growing trend of micro-restaurants. Coming home inspired, Julian decided to pursue the restaurateur’s career, and Perth’s specialty-spaghetti restaurant was born. The menu is small and each dish is distinctive, all involving spaghetti – served with either the classic sauces or more unusual options. Choose from the piccolo or grande size, depending on how much pasta you’re hungry for (a lot…).
Family owned, Italian heritage, with years of Italian culinary experience – this is Maruzzella. High quality ingredients are a staple, with the team importing their Fior Di latte Mozzarella Cheese, flour, Buffalo Cheese and wine from Italy every week. The cook is inspired by the familys’ Nonna, with their recipes passed down through the generations. We recommend the Melanzana N’taccata, deep fried eggplants baked with mozzarella cheese and Napoli sauce.
A collaboration between Guy Grossi and The Westin Perth, Garum is an exploration of ancient Roman cooking teamed with contemporary inspiration and consideration. Roman techniques and flavours are the focus of the menu, uncomplicated and pure. While focusing on the Roman techniques and ideals, the menu also highlights the richness and quality of Western Australian produce. The wine list follows the drinking practice of Ancient Rome: categorised by colour and then grape, making for a simple drinking guide. The wines highlight the region of Lazio whilst supporting and showcasing the diversity of producers Western Australia.