Restaurant Review – Ciao Italia

Published June 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, recently a friend of ours came back to Perth from Hong Kong for a friend’s wedding so we decided to take him out for a meal. It’s hard to find a nice and reasonable restaurant in Perth these days. However, I’ve heard some people raving about this little Italian place in South Perth. I’ve always wanted to go and try out at this place but the thought of queuing up for a restaurant doesn’t give much appeal to me. Anyways, we decided it’s time to utilize this opportunity to try Ciao Italia. In order to get our table of 4 we’ll rock up 15 minutes before it opens and we should be able to grab a table.

When we arrived at the place we see a lot of staff sitting outside smoking and it’s funny cos we’re one of the first to wait outside the restaurant it made us looked a little desperate but oh well, at least we know we’re first in the queue. We were greeted by this friendly Italian waiter who sat us down and straight away a little chef man statue caught my attention which had a sign that says ‘Rule no 1. The boss is always right and Rule no 2. If the boss is wrong see rule no 1. ‘ which made me cackle a little. Right next to our table you see this guy madly making some pizzas and heating them up in the oven.

The whole place was warm and tiny, but it’s cozy and seems welcoming. Most of the waiters and waitress are Italian and they were pretty friendly. We decided to have 1 x pizza, chilli Mussels, 2 x pasta dishes. We were told they serve large portions so that should be able to feed 4 hungry people. So here’s what we ordered:

Pepperoni & cheese woodfired pizza

Pepperoni & cheese woodfired pizza

Chilli Mussels

Chilli Mussels

Penne Vodka

Penne Vodka

Ciao Italia Fettucine

Ciao Italia Fettucine

When the pizza arrived, it was huge it took up the centre of our table – then there were chilli mussels which were filled in a large deep bowl – I loved the pizza – it’s definitely an authentic Italian pizza simple flavours and very tasty. However, with the chilli mussels – I found that the sauce isn’t thick enough and it needs to be more tomatoey. There were so much chilli mussels we had to take away some. With the Penne Vodka – it was delicious, cooked in creamy tomato based sauce with spring onion, bacon and vodka. The Ciao Italia Fettucine was fantastic too. It is cooked with their own combination of marinated tender chicken strips sundried tomatoes and spring onions, fresh diced tomatoes in a creamy white sauce. All pastas are cooked to perfection ‘al dente’. Our table was really quite small so when the food came we were struggling to find spaces for them. We stared outside the window to take a little break from our food we could see queues and queues of people lining up.

After we have finished our delicious meal, I went and had a little squeeze at their cake window. At this point I was so full from my mains, but there’s always a little room for dessert. I was attracted to their tiramisu and strawberry tart. So we decided between the four of us we should be able to squeeze in the two desserts.

tiramisu

tiramisu

The tiramisu was gorgeous, the best one I’ve ever had in Perth. The presentation was fantastic and the serving size was huge 🙂 then came along strawberry tart…

Strawberry tart

Strawberry tart

the strawberry tart was just as tasty as the tiramisu – it is generously covered in loads of strawberry sauce and cream. The desserts were fantastic! I’m so glad we went ahead with dessert. By this time our tummy were exploding and we feel a little bad with people standing outside waiting for our table..so we left after dessert.

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4.5 star
Food experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend? Definitely YES!

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