Pass­port to au­then­tic Ital­ian fare

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - With Belinda Cipri­ano

YOU know you have struck gold when you go to an Ital­ian restau­rant pro­duc­ing Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas with­out even hav­ing to board a plane to Italy and L’an­tica Fre­man­tle is do­ing just that.

I had heard good things about this South Fre­man­tle gem and had wanted to try it out for some time, so when the op­por­tu­nity to dine there came up I drove, not flew, there.

Owner Ash­lley Wal­liss, whose love of Ital­ian food shines through in ev­ery dish, said he wanted to bring some­thing au­then­tic, sim­ple, yet de­li­cious to the port city and bring it he has.

On the main menu there are three piz­zas: the margherita – cherry tomato sauce, fior di latte and basil ($18); the mari­nara – cherry tomato sauce, oregano and gar­lic ($18); and the bianca – fior di latte, rose­mary, chilli flakes, rock salt and evoo ($16) – all su­per-sim­ple but as au­then­tic as Napo­le­tana piz­zas go.

The schi­ac­ciata, which sits on the spe­cials list, is dif­fer­ent and while tra­di­tion­ally a com­mon flat­bread, this one is a pizza base blown up like a bal­loon and stuffed with rocket, moz­zarella, tomato and pro­sciutto.

As well as piz­zas, the restau­rant has starters and mains – all of which are de­signed for shar­ing.

We started with a bunch of starters – the pump­kin arancini, sal­s­ic­cia and bur­rata and for mains we of course could not go past one of Wal­liss’ piz­zas.

The arancini were per­fectly golden and just the right size, while the bur­rata served with cherry toma­toes and evoo was more than enough for two, yet so de­li­ciously creamy and mor­eish we could not stop un­til we were done.

Next was the spicy grilled Ital­ian sal­s­ic­cia with a side salad and crusty, toasted bread and this would have been just enough if we just stopped our din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence there, but of course we had to try the pizza.

Opt­ing for a lighter va­ri­ety, the bianca got the nod and it was just right. Fior di latte with rose­mary, chilli flakes, rock salt and evoo washed down with a bot­tle of Villa Sands Prosecco – it was the per­fect way to fin­ish our ex­pe­ri­ence.

L'an­tica prides it­self on giv­ing pa­trons au­then­tic Ital­ian food, his­tory and cul­ture and the best part about it is you do not need a pass­port or lug­gage, just your hun­gry self. Buon ap­petito. L’an­tica Fre­man­tle 390 South Ter­race, South Fre­man­tle

Closed Mon­days, Tues­days-thurs­days 6.30pm to 10pm, Fri­days-sun­days 7.30am - 2.30pm - 6.30pm - 11pm www.face­book.com/ Lan­tica-south-fre­man­tle

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