Restaurant review

Eating Out Restaurant Review: Piccolo Trattoria in Subiaco serving a delicious taste of Italy

Other than Christmas and Easter, World Pasta Day on October 25 might just be my favorite annual celebration.

Although, really, the only excuse I need to eat pasta is to wait for a day to end there.

To mark the date, we booked a table at Piccolo Trattoria in Subiaco, a busy place I’d driven past but never tried.

Having recently returned from Italy (I know, one of those insufferable people), we felt like we had come back to the vibrant atmosphere of Piccolo Trattoria, the red checkered tablecloths and, of course, the delicious smells emerge from the kitchen.

The menu is broken down into appetizers and entrees, pasta, meat and fish and side dishes.

First, and most importantly, the pasta course.

We ordered the penne con polpette ($27) which is available daily while supplies last. The pork and beef meatballs were tasty and soft and smothered in tomato sauce and Grana Padano cheese. It wasn’t life changing, but it wasn’t necessary, it was a hearty bowl of flavorful pasta that warms the soul.

Camera iconPiccolo Trattoria: penne con polpette ($27). Credit: Jade Jurewicz
Piccolo Trattoria: Calamari alla gringlia ($16).
Camera iconPiccolo Trattoria: Calamari alla gringlia ($16). Credit: Jade Jurewicz

Right from the starters, we tried the calamari alla gringlia ($16), which my dining partner declared the best calamari he’s had in Perth this year, and to his credit is his most ordered dish.

He was right in his praise, the tender baby squid had excellent char and a subtle marinade, and when paired with the delicious tarragon and dill mayonnaise, and the freshness of the mint or arugula, it was a perfect bite.

Grilled fish ($39) was sea trout the night we left, had a nice crust on top and well cooked flesh fell apart easily.

The creamy and salty combo of white bean puree and caper salsa goes well together.

It was a filling dish with its side of broccoli and roasted potatoes.

Piccolo Trattoria: Grilled fish ($39).
Camera iconPiccolo Trattoria: Grilled fish ($39). Credit: Jade Jurewicz
Piccolo Trattoria: Tipo caprese ($12).
Camera iconPiccolo Trattoria: Tipo caprese ($12). Credit: Jade Jurewicz

While we were celebrating pasta, Caprese is another dish that I need no reason to order or make at home. Piccolo’s version ($12) came with the addition of olive tapenade and caper salsa.

It added an extra texture and salty element to the dish, which was overall delicious, however, I prefer the freshness and simplicity of the original.

The food and service are both generous and warm, and while the prices aren’t cheap, you can save a few bucks with the BYO wine option. I won’t wait for the annual vacation to come back and try again.

Piccolo Trattoria

361 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco

OPEN

Tue-Sat, 5pm-10.30pm, Sun, 5pm-9.30pm

RESERVATIONS

Yes

CONTACT

9382 1778

THE VERDICT

A lively and crowded restaurant that will transport you to Italy for a few hours. It had all the classics, the service was friendly and warm and the dishes were plentiful and generous.

16.5/20