Experience Italy with family’s fare
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.”
Lucioli owner Salvatore Lucioli and Riccardo Tramice.