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Published May 15th 2017
Fancy a genuine Italian restaurant with excellent food?
There are so many cafes/restaurants within a 500-metre radius in Morley, near and in Coventry Markets. Many are excellent and some are mediocre and I have written about several, which you can read here, here, and here - and these are possibly my three favourites in the area.
However, I have discovered another one in this area that has changed hands several times and it was last a coffee bar. Although they have an "under new management" sign up, I believe Arti has owned this restaurant for more than a year now.
Under new management!
It is now the Mediteraneo Italian Restaurant and it is at the Wellington Street end just next to the car park at Coventry Markets, and I can now say it is one I will go to again as I do the other three mentioned above.
From the outside, it looks a bit drab however inside it was very comfortable and there is seating both inside and in quite a large area which has cafe blinds and was warm on a cold day!
The restaurant was not busy, and the owner, Ardi, was quick to bring us a menu and explain some of our queries.
I love carpaccio and it is rare that you can get it in a suburban Perth, so needless to say, this is what I ordered as an entree. It was as usual, delightful, with thinly sliced or pounded veal. It is generally served as an appetiser with very fine slivers of raw meat. This dish "was invented in 1950 by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry's Bar in Venice and popularised during the second half of the twentieth century" (Source: Wikipedia). In order for this to work, you generally slice the meat when it is half frozen so you can get it paper thin then. It is then mixed with some oil, lemon juice and other spices and smothered with shaved Parmesan.
My veal carpaccio entree
My friend had the air fried salted beef carpaccio also with shaved Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and I tasted this and it was also delightful, though slightly salty. This entre was normally $18 whereas my veal fillet was $15.
Carpaccio di bresaola
For the main, I chose Scalopine all Limone and this was thin veal tossed in a lemon sauce and served with vegetables.
Veal scalopine in lemon sauce
The meat was tender, there was plenty of it, and it was in a rich lemon sauce, while the vegetables were nicer than the normal boiled ones, with some Chinese spinach or some such included. At the normal price, this would have been $22 which I feel is good value considering the amount of veal in this dish.
My friend chose the Costolette di agnelo con salsa di pepe verde, which translates as Grill lamb rack served with green peppercorn sauce and also served with vegetables.
Rack of lamb
I think my meal was the better choice at an Italian restaurant, however, she enjoyed her rack of lamb also and this would have cost $28.
All in all, this would have cost us $83 plus a glass of wine each, say $5 each, which is a total of $93 for the two courses. We paid just $39 for this whole deal, so it was one of the best bargains I have had in a long time.
However, I would have been happy to pay the full price as this meal was worth it. It is a shame that this restaurant does not appear to be busy as the quality of the food is very good and parking is easy off road, right in front of the restaurant.
They are fully licensed and also cater for children and vegetarians. They also do pizzas, pasta, as well as side dishes, seafood, and salads and they also do takeaways.
Small range of wines
They are situated at 3/5 Wellington Road, Morley (opposite the Morley Recreation Centre) and are open from 12 - 3pm for lunch and from 6pm to late for dinner.
Highly recommended restaurant with white tablecloths and real cloth serviettes!
Arti making our coffee - the end of a pleasant lunch!
I would term this classic "find" an old-fashioned Italian restaurant, and more information/bookings can be seen here.