Lulu La Delizia
How good does the pasta have to be for you to get it at a pizza place? Really good, it turns out. Especially when the pizza’s as top-notch as it is at Monsterella. It took months of FOMO, (and plenty of sneaky tastes from our friend’s plates) before we could tear ourselves away from our favourite pizzas (Milliano and Bufalina, if you must know) and acknowledge that yes, actually, it’s worth coming here just for the carbonara. Head down a few doors to sister venue Mummucc if you’re feeling a bit fancy.
Shadow Wine Bar
The intimate lighting, the vaulted ceiling, the drapery that seems to almost, maybe, allude to bed linen… the dining room at Shadow is one of Perth’s – dare I say it – sexiest restaurants. The menu manages to keep pace with the enticing interior, from pillowy gnocchi, Shark Bay crab spaghettini, pork and fennel cavatelli, or the picturesque prawn tortelli with vermouth and fennel. It’s enough to get you a little hot under the collar.
What better place to share a plate of pasta, Lady and the Tramp style, than down a Northbridge laneway? Francorte has been capturing hearts with their super-simple pasta, and their continued expansion into neighbouring shops is a testament to how beloved they are. Carbonara, roo bolognese, kale pesto, polpetti… It’s hard to point out a shining star with a menu this tight.
Inglewood neighbourhood spot Cecchi’s has fast become a favourite amongst locals for their share-friendly Italian plates and charming courtyard. While the small plates are worth a trip by themselves, the pasta can sure hold its own. Head there for lunch on a weekend to take advantage of the aforementioned courtyard and their pasta deals – a plate of pasta and a glass of wine will only set you back $20.
If you ever need to convince someone why Perth is great (or uh, OK!), just take them to il Lido. Beachside relaxation (and views), with an uncompromising approach to quality has made it a stalwart for Perth foodies – even though its touristy location means it could get away with being a lot worse. Each pastadish is a loving ode to its produce, whether it’s spaghetti with nduja, white anchovy, mascarpone and lemons, crowd-pleasing blue swimmer crab linguine, or cavatelli with broccoli and sausage.