Ex­pe­ri­ence Italy with fam­ily’s fare

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - ROSANNA CAN­DLER

EV­ERY­THING at Clare­mont’s new aper­i­tivo bar Lu­ci­oli is sourced lo­cally – with the ex­cep­tion of its Naples-born owner Sal­va­tore Lu­ci­oli and a team of Ital­ian chefs.

Driven by a pas­sion for old­world ar­ti­san cook­ing passed down through gen­er­a­tions of the Lu­ci­oli fam­ily, Sal­va­tore and his sons Luca and Alessan­dro opened the pas­tic­ce­ria, ros­tic­ce­ria and small bar at The Lane, Clare­mont Quar­ter last month.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager and Luca’s part­ner Julie Quach said the trio had “stepped up the game” to bring the real flavour of Naples to Perth.

“Ev­ery­thing about their life re­volves around a true love of food,” Quach said. “They wake up in the morn­ing and say: ‘OK, what are we eat­ing for lunch, what are we hav­ing for din­ner?’ and spend the rest of the day shop­ping and cook­ing as a fam­ily.

“That is why ev­ery­thing is made in-house, from our own but­ter to the pas­tas and pas­tries. We go right to ba­sics. It is home-style, gen­er­ous and very fresh.”

Quach said Lu­ci­oli of­fered the unique aper­i­tivo ex­pe­ri­ence; mix­ing Ital­ian amaros, bit­ters and ver­mouths into spritzers and clas­sic Ital­ian drinks like the Ne­groni or Amer­i­cano.

“Apar­i­tivo is very fash­ion­able af­fair in Italy,” she said.

“The Clare­mont clien­tele are very well-trav­elled and they know the dif­fer­ence be­tween qual­ity and imi­ta­tion,” she said.

“Be­tween 5.30pm and 7pm from Tues­day to Satur­day, we of­fer a com­ple­men­tary plate of stuzzi­chini (plate of nib­blies) with ev­ery al­co­holic bev­er­age.

“Many din­ers have told us: ‘Wow, we have just come back from Europe and this is ex­actly what we were get­ting there’.”

Ms Quach said Lu­ci­oli was the only place in WA to make the tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan pas­try sfogli­atelle by hand.

“It is a very com­pli­cated pas­try to make with lay­ers and lay­ers and lay­ers of pas­try,” she said.

“Sal­va­tore’s back­ground is as a pas­try chef, so it was very im­por­tant to him that the qual­ity was brought through.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Lu­ci­oli owner Sal­va­tore Lu­ci­oli and Ric­cardo Tram­ice.

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