William Street, Northbridge
This cool street facing bar on William Street nods to the wine bars in Italy’s south. No Mafia is equal parts a drinking hole as it is a reliable dinner spot. While it’s a laid back venue, they are serious about keeping it authentic. Designed to share, the menu is well-balanced with fresh options like fennel cured salmon and green beans to cut through heartier dishes like the slow braised lamb shoulder. From July 1st, No Mafia collaborate with neighbourhood friends to bring back Tre Amici, a popular food tour starting with antipasto and aperitivos at No Mafia, pasta at Francoforte Spaghetti Bar and gelato at Chi Cho.
Hay Street, Perth
Garum is a fish sauce made by salting and fermenting fish in small clay vessels and it was an ingredient used throughout Roman cooking. It’s now the new collaboration between celebrity chef Guy Grossi and The Westin hotel in Perth, housed in the cathedral-sized historical building; the Hibernian Hall. Garum’s menu highlights the richness of WA produce, paired with the techniques and history of Roman cooking. Their signature dish is the simplest on the menu, their Cacio e Pepe. With nothing but butter, parmesan and pepper — it’s easy to make bland, but when prepared with the right technique, it’s the sign of a great restaurant and Garum certainly passes the test.
Amano Restaurant Perth
Barrack Street Jetty, Perth
It’s not often Italian food comes with a million-dollar view of the harbour, but it does at Amano. Offering five course set menu at $65 per head, it’s a no-brainer spot for a birthday or function. Using fresh Australian produce to create classic Italian dishes, you’ll find sloe gin cured salmon for entrees and simple but perfected handmade pasta like their Gnocchi “Pomodoro e Mozzarella” for mains.
If you spend your life day-dreaming about your next meal, then this 24-hour foodie itinerary is for you!