I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published December 19th 2017
Enjoy delicious pizza, pasta and other Italian delights
Once upon a time the usual way to hear about a restaurant was by TV or radio advertising, word of mouth or from simply driving by. I discovered Café Rosso in Canning Vale from one of my friends regularly sharing the café's posts on social media and decided that the pizza and pasta looked too good to pass up, so off we went on one of our Sunday family outings.
We had a look at the primarily Italian menu online beforehand as I hate turning up to a restaurant to find I don't like the look of anything and then have to get up and leave. It's just awkward for everyone.
But this menu looked good, so off we went. It was a quiet lunchtime and we were seated with no dramas. According to a sign on the table, there's no table service, but the lovely waitress came over and took our order. Perhaps they noticed us trying our best to control our 2.5 year old and decided we need a hand. Bonus for us.
We ordered drinks and main courses – the grilled chicken burger, Capriossca pizza, Penne Diavola pasta and fish and chips from the kids' menu. The food came out quickly and we were eating before we knew it.
The chicken was lovely and tender with a sriracha chilli sauce, but I found the brioche bun a bit sweet. Perhaps it was a twist on 'sweet chilli?' The burger also had bacon, tomato and cheddar cheese. Overall it was pretty tasty despite the sweet bun.
The pizza was packed with flavour and toppings – Italian sausage, bacon, tomato, capsicum, mushrooms, olives and onion, and my husband added chilli, as he always does, which added an extra little kick. It wasn't so overpowering, however that our almost 6 month old baby couldn't suck on a little piece of crust. Nawww, my baby's first solid food was pizza. Don't I feel like parent of the year?
The Penne Diavola was filled with Italian cacciatore sausage, bacon, chilli and tomato with a cream sauce. The flavours went nicely together and the chilli gave it a nice little kick. As usual, the kids' meal went largely untouched, although she did enjoy the juice box. Seriously, what do toddlers live on? Juice and air, apparently.
With a pending tantie about to hit, it was time to finish up and leave. Overall it was a pleasant Italian dining experience with good service in a relaxed atmosphere. Café Rosso has an extensive beverage list that includes hot beverages, milkshakes and juices, plus beers, wines, cocktails and spirits, plus you can BYO wine.
They also offer takeaway and specials during the week, plus lunchtime specials. Café Rosso is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30am to late, weekends from 10am. Kitchen hours 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and coffee and cake is available all day.
So the next time your friend shares a café or restaurant's post on Facebook, take notice – you might just find a new favourite eatery you never knew was there.