Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published March 4th 2014
Real Italian Food Made Fresh
In most cities of Europe, dining or taking coffee at a table on the sidewalk is one of the attractions. Even in Fremantle and Northbridge, this harmless pleasure is available.
Princi's pizza (Photo by D sutherland-Bruce)
And now in Ellenbrook we can sit in the cool of the evening and take an excellent cup of coffee or even a meal. The restaurant responsible for this charming innovation is the Italian delicatessen, take away and café Princi's on the Main Street of Ellenbrook.
We dropped by on a sudden whim last week and were greeted so pleasantly and welcoming that we immediately felt at home.
Princi's Gnocci (Photo by D Sutherland-Bruce)
We chose to sit outside on the pavement and watched as all sorts and conditions of people walked by to any of the five or six restaurants in the immediate area.
Princi's is the only Italian eatery and has a short but comprehensive menu covering the main areas of Italian cuisine.
After some discussion we settled on a pizza to share as a starter, followed by a selection to taste of gnocci, cannelloni, lasagne and spaghetti Carbonara.
Prinici's Spaghetti Carbonara (Photo by D Sutherland-Bruce)
The pizza was $14.95 for a 'supreme' of leg ham, Spanish chorizo, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, pineapple and capsicum.
The crust was thin, crisp and delicious, the ingredients fresh and the whole had obviously been baked while we waited. Wonderful, and wonderful value for money, too.
The pastas were all similarly low-priced. A serve of cannelloni costs $7.50 and comes as a large plateful complete with delicious crispy fries.
Princi's Garlic Bread (Photo by D Sutherland-Bruce)
The gnocci, lasagne and spaghetti (all $7.50 each) were just as generous portions and the garlic bread (a whole loafette with your actual crushed garlic) was only $3.50.
The food was excellent, the value outstanding and the whole experience delightful.
We didn't try the calzone (a stuffed pizza dough pocket - a bread pie, if you will) or the parmigiana, but we will next time.
Coffee was excellent, a large bowl full, rich and strong.
As well as a take-away for wonderfully fresh food, luncheon rolls and paninis, and their dine in services, Princi's is an excellent deli, with a good, solid range of sausages, salamis, prosciutto, panchetta and other smoked meats as well as olive oils, teas, coffee, herbs, spices, pickles and preserves.
For the dedicated foodie, Princi's is what you imagine heaven to smell like, aromatic and redolent of good foodstuffs.
In addition they sell a range of Ben and Jerry's fantastic ice creams (Chunky Monkey for example).
Very highly recommended indeed.
A nice pot of tea at Princi's (Photo by D Sutherland-Bruce)