Ital­ian flavour proves the Quay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - FOOD with Belinda Cipri­ano

A TASTE of Italy came to El­iz­a­beth Quay’s Isle of Voy­age as part of a spe­cial din­ner held on New Year’s Eve.

Lo­cated on ‘the Is­land’, the for­mer Florence Hum­mer­ston Kiosk com­bines a restau­rant, bar, out­door din­ing space and gen­eral store with spec­tac­u­lar views to the river and Perth city sky­line.

The Isle on the Riviera Ital­ian style feast started like any Ital­ian jour­ney: with an­tipasti.

Beau­ti­ful fresh graz­ing boards with pick­led Fre­man­tle oc­to­pus, cured meats, Ta­leg­gio cheese, mar­i­nated olives and grissini paired with a crisp Prosecco, it was the per­fect start to the evening.

What is an Ital­ian feast with­out pizza and pasta? Well that was next. And what is bet­ter than a margherita and capric­ciosa for your pizza course?

De­li­cious wood-fired pizza topped with tomato sugo (sauce), moz­zarella, basil, ex­tra vir­gin olive oil, while the capric­ciosa had just the right amount of mar­i­nated ar­ti­chokes and field mush­rooms to moz­zarella and ham ra­tio.

Lasagne was next and while I was get­ting pretty full, it was New Year’s Eve, so what the hey.

Lay­ers of spinach and ri­cotta nes­tled be­tween lay­ers of fresh pasta, it was melt-in-your-mouth good, so much so I went back for a sec­ond piece. Too full for dessert, which by the way, was ti­ramisu, I fin­ished my Ital­ian jour­ney on a high, vow­ing to visit again soon.

Who needs res­o­lu­tions, when you can have food, glo­ri­ous food.

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