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Restaurant review: Ciao Italia in South Perth

Written by 27th January, 2009

This little place sits in the corner of Douglas Avenue and Mill Point Road. It may not look like much of a place, but the food here speaks volume in comparison to its actual physical volumetric size.

Famous to all those who are local to South Perth, this place has been around for quite a fair bit - since 1999. Which means, this marks its 10th year anniversary!! No better time to do a review than now!

We had been introduced to this place by our migration agent a couple of years back, but I never really loved the food till I went with some friends of mine.

Don’t be fooled by the small place - it can accomodate up to 50-60 people! It’s amazing how they fit people into the little but definitely cosy establishment they have. With only millimeters worth of space in between tables, you can hardly imagine how the waiters actually get around - but they do, and efficiently, for that matter!

There were three of us that night, and we decided to order some of the items on the menu to share.

The pizza was tasty, but I have tasted better ones to be frank. I have to give kudos for their rather generous serving of toppings! Especially with the veg, and there were quite a few pieces of prawns too. I would actually want to try their other pizzas. The base is not as thin as I would like them to be, but they’re acceptable to me.

The Ciao Italia pasta does live up to its fame. It’s tasty and it’s actually addictive! Too bad I was too busy stuffing my face with the pizza first that I didn’t feel the full appreciation for this dish. It is lovely tho’. A definite must-try when you go there! If you are a person who can take spicy food, then do ask for their famous chilli (or chilli oil)… it makes the food taste so much better! Not discrediting the chef here, but it just really adds that bit of zang into the tang! Okay, that was just lame. But I digress…

The caesar salad’s one of the better ones I have tasted here in Perth, simply because it’s not too creamy, and their anchioves are actually nice! They’re not too salty like the ones you’d usually get… they must have washed them, or have anchioves that are not as salty. Hee. The serving for this salad is massive too, so do think twice if you want to have an entree like this for yourself. It’s best shared!! Between three people is the best serving I reckon. We shared this between five people before, and it wasn’t enough for us to even feel satisfied. With three this time, it felt like a decent serving for each person.

My first try of the tiramisu here about a year and half ago (or maybe longer), did not leave me with the best impression, but this time… for some strange reason, it was divine!! And no, I did NOT get bribed here.

Quite frankly, I’d prefer the spongy type of tiramisu (yes, the sucker for anything alcoholic), but this one was just superb too!! A good size serving for two or three (depending on how full you are by the time you finish your mains, which by the way are really huge in servings), this dessert comes out well presented, and definitely scores kudos for keeping customers like myself happy at the end of the meal. A definite try!!

Overall, this place is a nice place to go to. Unfortunately, they do not take bookings, and it is generally very packed at about 6.30pm-7pm most of the year at about 7.30pm during summer (due to daylight savings), so if you’re not a person to wait - get in there early!! It is worth it. :) Also keep in mind that this establishment only opens from Tuesday through to Saturday, from 5pm to 10pm.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T.

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