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Nolita Trattoria

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Published June 28th 2015
Fun, friendly and filling
If you're trying to find out about Nolita, a traditional Italian trattoria in Claremont, the best option is just to visit, as they don't seem to have a website or an official Facebook page.

Maybe they don't need one because word of mouth is all they need to sell their goodies – and what goodies they are.

Nolita Trattoria Claremont
Nolita Trattoria in Claremont


From the front it is easy to walk past this tiny little shop on Bay View Terrace, but appearances are deceiving and it is a lot bigger than it initially looks. It is beautifully fitted out, and even on a cold winter's night, inside it felt like the warm summer sun – a room full of the happiest people in Perth, and the smells emanating from each table was torture (in the best possible way) as we waited for our meals.

The menu changes – I can't say how often – but a friend who had visited less than two weeks ago and had her heart set on the scallops was devastated to see they had disappeared by the time we visited.

Nolita Trattoria Claremont
Panko crumbed pork loin


That being said, there are certain items you will almost certainly find, such as the enormous panko crumbed pork cutlet ($36.50) which comes simply served with truffle potato mash, savoy cabbage, wilted spinach and a wedge of lemon. It was *almost* too salty, but apart from that it was moist and filling and the perfect type of comfort food you would expect to find at your Nonna's house.

The menu (complete with its own glossary) is divided into hot and cold entrees (or share dishes), pasta, grill, sides and desserts.
It's not actually a very big menu, with very limited choices for vegetarians (two pasta dishes, one hot entrιe and some sides) and if you're thinking of bringing the kids, perhaps think again, as you won't find basics such as spaghetti bolognaise.

Nolita Trattoria Claremont
Crabmeat spaghettini


Instead there is plenty of seafood on the pasta menu and big serves of meat on the secondi menu including chargrilled sirloin ($39.50), crispy skinned salmon ($34.50) and chargrilled chicken ($34.50).

The spaghettini with Shark Bay crab meat was made with flavoursome fennel, garlic, chilli and parsley and at $29.50 seemed quite expensive for the serve, although there were no complaints about the flavour.

Nolita Trattoria Claremont
Chargrilled chicken


The chargrilled chicken was served with roast winter veggies and green beans ($34.50). Cooked on the bone, the chicken was moist and tasty.

Nolita Trattoria Claremont
Crispy skkin salmon


The crispy skin salmon was paired with roasted capsicum and roasted tomato butter, uncommon for the Australian palate more accustomed to having the robust fish with creamy sauces or mash ($34.50).

Nolita
There aren't many vegetarian options


My vegetarian friend had a hard time finding a meal – the two meat-free pasta dishes (spinach and ricotta ravioli at $27.50) and wild mushroom risotto ($28.50) weren't to her taste. Instead she combined a starter – the leek, pea and mozzarella arancini balls ($13.50) and a salad of rocket, pear and fennel ($10.50).

Desserts are appealing and there were five to choose from when we visited. The affogato – probably the most popular – combines a cup of espresso, a shot of Frangelico, a bowl of vanilla gelato and an almond biscuit. It perfectly combines dessert and after-dinner coffee ($15.50).

Nolita
Semifreddo with cherry coulis


I chose the semifreddo ($14.50), that decadent dessert that sits part way between cream and icecream. It was topped with fancy chocolate fairy floss and sat in a vivid pool of cherry coulis, much more unusual than the typical raspberry coulis.

There are a number of wines by the glass on the main menu, as well as a larger drinks menu.

I couldn't tell you what it was specifically – whether it was the happy customers, the delicious smells, the pleasant room or the smiles on the faces of the staff – but it was just a really lovely place to be. Seating is intimate with tables relatively close together – but it is close enough to smell and admire food without necessarily overhearing conversation.

The room itself avoid stereotypical Italian decorations, instead focusing on interesting finishes and lighting, and apart from a fabulous reproduction of New York in the hall on the way to the bathrooms, there is very little art.



Nolita, incidentally, stands for North of Little Italy – a neighbourhood in Manhattan that is wedged between Soho, Noho, Little Ital y and the Lower East Side. There is a great map on the back of your menu, and makes for good table discussion as you find landmarks you may have only ever heard about on TV and in the movies.

Nolita is one of those rare places that are both homey and classic, elegant yet simple. I'll be back.
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Why? lovely feel and great food
When: Open for lunch and dinner Tues-Sat 12-late
Phone: (08) 9284 6090
Where: 16 Bayview Terrace, Claremont WA 6010
Cost: Pricey
Your Comment
It's a shame they don't have much in the way of vego options. I was going to say the same as Bryony about the hair-like floss! Too funny. I know that stuff tastes pretty good though :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1129) 875 days ago
Looks great. Sometimes word of mouth places are the best
by Rota (score: 2|701) 876 days ago
The candy floss on that dessert looks like hair, but the rest of the dishes look nice,
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11537) 876 days ago
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