The people of Perth, however, have been given a gift from the Roman gods of feasting in the form of No Mafia. Specialising in Southern Italian fare, you will not find pasta or pizza here. This is inspired Italian food that highlights quality, fresh ingredients with Italian specialties like pecorino, nocello, and white anchovies.
No Mafia combines the best parts of nostalgia Italia with 2020 Roma. An artistic Italian film projects on the back wall while a funky blend of remixed Sinatra, Nick Cave and Alt J thumps overhead. Meanwhile, the ubiquitous straw-encased bottles of Chianti have been replaced with an inspired cocktail menu that boasts six different vermouths and multiple aperitifs.
As for the food. Mama Mia. The menu presents a good range of options – from antipasti, to salads to roasts. They even managed to improve upon the Caprese –a classic I usually avoid due to the tendency of chefs to use sub-par ingredients doused in balsamic. Except here, the tomatoes and mozzarella are fresh and the reinvention is exciting (hint: it involves olives).
While I still think you must travel to the mother-land to experience a cuisine in its native environment, No Mafia provides an excellent education in the meanwhile.