Author: Tatum Stafford
The humble pasta dish has soared to new heights in Perth as of late. With renowned Italian chefs experimenting with everything from pig cheek and zucchini flowers to currant ragu and buffalo ricotta, no matter which Italian eatery in Perth you visit, you are bound to stumble across a delicious plate of pasta. So, without further ado, prepare to eat your way through these 8 delectable pasta joints in Perth. Avanti!
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
A hidden Northbridge laneway gem, Francoforte is a must-visit for unapologetically simple pasta. Featuring everything from classic spaghetti bolognese to creamy pig-cheek carbonara, you’ll want to grab a seat early at this notoriously busy pasta joint. Our tip? Don’t skip the antipasto for two as an entrée – the platter is loaded with homely Italian favourites and a bargain at only $15.
Lulu La Delizia
Tucked away in Subiaco’s Forrest Walk, the proof is in the name at Lulu La Delizia – it’s all delicious. Hours are spent crafting and perfecting the restaurant’s extensive pasta menu which is complemented by a heavenly Italian wine list. Keep an eye on their Facebook for the scoop on their weekly chef specials; previous dishes have featured duck and currant ragu, pickled zucchini flowers and saffron spaghettini.
Home-cooked and moderately priced, the Shark Tank-nominated Tommy Sugo offers 11 varieties of pasta and an easily customisable menu that is tailored to suit all dietary requirements (their spelt ravioli is a must-try). After establishing its grab-and-go flagship at Broadway in Nedlands, Tommy Sugo has recently opened a restaurant in Leederville that is perfect for a casual bite. Grab a cup-full of bite-sized arancini balls for a suitably delicious pre-pasta treat.
Beaufort Street eatery Solo Pasta was put on the map in 2017 for its offering of ‘pasta by the metre’ – and it might be the most Insta-worthy eatery on this list thanks to its inventive spinach and beetroot pasta flavours. With 3 metres to every standard pasta dish, it’s up to you to add length and choose your base (tomato, cream or olive oil). As an added incentive, Solo have recently hopped on the eco-friendly train and have ditched their plastic straws for pasta tubes.
Once an art-deco cabaret hall, the picturesquely-located Il Lido Italian canteen in Cottesloe is a hotspot for pasta enthusiasts who crave a meal with a view. With seasonal antipasti available from 11:30am daily, pop in and stay a while for a bowl of their house made pasta, on the menu from 12pm till late. Whether it’s braised lamb, buffalo ricotta or Manjimup accompaniments, this ambient spot is renowned for its generous portions and mouth-watering, Italian-inspired flavours.
Pappagallo is a Perth institution, and though it is renowned for its traditional, Roman-style pizzas, the pasta at Pappagallo should be similarly hyped. Head to their cosy Leederville location to indulge in a ‘Pasta of the Day’ (if feeling avventuroso), or take your pick from the menu; spaghetti, tagliatelle, gnocchi, ravioli, risotto or cavatelli just like Nonna makes! Don’t forget to take advantage of their BYO wine nights from Monday to Thursday.
Since opening in 1999, Il Ciao in South Perth has provided many a visitor with a supremely authentic Italian experience. With melodious Italian tarantella music, spirited Italian waiters and terracotta walls, just stepping into this restaurant will evoke a uniquely Italian experience – and the food definitely has a similar appeal. Offering an impressive 17 pasta dishes, purists will delight in traditional recipes and the more adventurous will devour the ‘Ciao Italia’ special – a house combination of chicken, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a creamy white sauce. Be sure to book a table in advance because it is not surprising to find yourself waiting in a line outside the door!
Siena’s of Leederville
Sitting pretty amongst the bustling life on Oxford Street in Leederville, Siena’s spoils its guests with fine Italian food and service. Segmenting its four pasta menus by sauce and base, making a choice from Siena’s 19 pasta varieties is a humorously difficult task. Siena’s dinner specials ensure a packed house from Monday to Wednesday, with $15 pizza or pasta and $10 cocktails on offer to lucky guests who can nab a table. But, fear not – the spacious restaurant area can accommodate group bookings with ease.
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Image credit: Lamb & Rosemary Sugo – Francoforte Spaghetti Bar Facebook, Taglioni – Lulu La Delizia, Tommy’s Sugo with Penne – Tommy Sugo, Fettucine Carbonara – Il Lido, Seafood Cavatelli – Pappagallo’s, Penne Pollo – Siena’s of Leederville