Take your taste­buds to Italy and back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - FOOD with Belinda Cipriano

WHEN vis­it­ing Fre­man­tle, it’s al­ways a good idea to stop by La Sosta for some au­then­tic Ital­ian fare.

La Sosta, mean­ing to “stop over” in Ital­ian, has be­come a favourite for many look­ing to en­joy the del­i­ca­cies of the Mediter­ranean in the heart of the port city.

Hav­ing opened in 2012, my din­ner ex­pe­ri­ence was well over­due and cer­tainly worth the wait.

Start­ing with an Aperol Spritz and an en­tree of beau­ti­fully cured pro­sciutto di parma served with olives and wood-fired cap­sicum and ca­per berry and a cap­rese di bu­fala – buf­falo moz­zarella, vine-ripened toma­toes and basil – this alone would make me stop by time and time again.

It’s been said be­fore; I love this type of din­ing, there is noth­ing bet­ter than graz­ing on an­tipasti – it’s Italy on plate.

For mains, I could not go past the pasta.

Pre­pared in-house and us­ing fam­ily recipes, it does not get more tra­di­tional than that.

My choice – the Pap­pardelle ag­nello, piselli e tartufo or for those of you play­ing at home, the Pap­pardelle with slow cooked lamb ragu, split peas, truf­fle paste and pecorino cheese – was bel­lis­simo.

My din­ing com­pan­ion’s ca­vatelli ai frutti di mare (ca­vatelli pasta with WA seafood in white wine sauce) was one of the best pasta dishes they’d ever tried.

And as if we hadn’t had enough, we shared the spalla di ag­nello al forno a legna (wood-fired lamb shoul­der).

Slowly cooked, melt in your mouth good­ness, it was sim­ply delizioso.

La Sosta also of­fers an ex­ten­sive wine list for the wine con­nois­seur, as well as cock­tails, which are per­fect to en­joy as you watch the sun­set and Fre­man­tle faith­ful along the cap­puc­cino strip from the bal­cony.

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