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 November 22nd 2017
A little taste of Rome in the heart of Perth city
My husband and I discovered Simple Italian Restaurant on Murray Street in Perth while on our way to another eatery. We walked past, had a look in and decided the smells wafting out were way too delicious to ignore.
Simple Italian is named for it's 'simple' philosophy – a genuine taste of Italy and a passion for cooking with fresh, typically Mediterranean ingredients such as Italian extra virgin olive oil, pasta, tomato and flour, along with selected Italian cured meats and cheeses, breads and wines.
The words 'Kids Menu' on a chalkboard outside also got our attention. We were on our way to the Wiggles concert at the nearby Perth Arena at the time, and our toddler daughter would definitely need some kind of sustenance before all that wiggly dancing.
There was plenty of space to seat us when we first walked in, although the place started to fill up a bit after a while with other families either going to the concert or coming out of it. They even had a special children's menu for concert-goers, which was a pasta or chicken schnitzel and thick-cut chips plus a juice and an ice cream. My husband thought it was was a bit pricey for $14, but we were not about to let our child go hungry!
A friendly waitress brought us a high chair and a little cushion, as our younger daughter is only 4.5 months old and learning to sit by herself, so the cushion created a little bit of padding. I thought that was a very nice gesture.
When my husband saw the size of the pizza being carried out to a nearby table, he decided it was too big and didn't want to carry around the leftovers while we went to the concert. It's a good thing he decided against this idea – we saw someone getting busted trying to smuggle KFC into the Arena. Big no-no.
So he ordered the chicken parmigiana instead. The pizzas did look absolutely mouth-watering though and if I wasn't trying to shed my baby weight, I'd have gone for one of those. The menu is made up of traditional Italian staples including Panzanella and Bruschetta, Ossobuco, pizza, pasta and a small selection of mains.
I was happy with my choice of chicken Caeser salad – it's not a hard thing to mess up (but I've had some doozies, let me tell you) and this was a good one. The sauce was simply amazing. I always order the sauce on the side as all too often I find the sauce is used as a means to hide limp, wilted lettuce, so this way, it means I get lovely crisp and fresh lettuce every time.
The chicken was beautifully seasoned and tender, with lots of bacon and shaved Parmesan cheese. There were no croutons in this salad, which was fine as I tend to eat around them anyway. My husband enjoyed the parmigiana – it was cooked beautifully and was tender on the inside but crispy on the outside.