Mama would ap­prove of this Cucina

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - FOOD with Belinda Cipri­ano

LA dolce vita, or the sweet life, is what you can en­joy at Perth’s new­est eatery, Cucina on Hay.

Cucina, mean­ing kitchen in Ital­ian, dishes out all the sta­ples found in mama’s home and are shared just as you would with the famiglia.

To start we en­joyed a char­cu­terie se­lec­tion of lo­cal Mondo Doro pro­sciutto di Parma with house-made spiced crispy bread and Mondo Doro WA and Ital­ian char­cu­terie se­lec­tion served with house-made spiced crispy bread and a chicken pi­ad­ina ($17) with grilled chicken ten­der­loins, oregano, rocket and fontina cheese.

My ab­so­lute favourite way to eat, it was the ideal way to start the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Next was what I would call win­ter in a dish: 18-hour slow-cooked lamb osso buco, which was cooked per­fectly and nes­tled nicely on a bed of Grana Padano cheese po­lenta and gre­mo­lata ($23).

Washed down with a glass of Tus­can Aquilani San­giovese, it was warm, full-bod­ied and de­li­cious.

The duck cappelletti ($19) with tra­di­tional Emilia-ro­magna pasta filled with roast duck and leek fill­ing and driz­zled with sage brown but­ter was served with fresh tomato and shaved parmi­giano-reg­giano (four pieces).

Light and fresh, it is a per­fect starter or the right sort of main you can en­joy with one of the kitchen’s piz­zas or starters on the menu.

Also on of­fer are arancini, pork belly bites, grilled oc­to­pus and a se­lec­tion of piz­zas, while on the

sweeter side a tra­di­tional tiramisu ($10) and Zabaglione semifreddo ($10) are great ways to fin­ish off a meal.

Hav­ing opened in March as part of the Mer­cure Ho­tel, this ca­sual and re­laxed eatery show­cases au­then­tic Ital­ian fare in the city’s east end.

The menu shines with house­made in­gre­di­ents, im­ported Ital­ian treats and out­stand­ing lo­cal pro­duce from West Aus­tralian sup­pli­ers and grow­ers.

Staff at Cucina on Hay say they their food is not just nour­ish­ment – it is life and I would have to agree.

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