Galileo Buona Cucina, Shenton Park

IMG_7540 For Daniel’s 21st birthday I took him to Galileo in Shenton Park, an authentic Italian restaurant that has been one of only 10 WA restaurants that are recognised by the Italian government. After hearing many great things, I made an early reservation at 6pm as we had tickets for Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem later that night.

The service here is exceptional, our waitress for the night impressively listed the specials and their detailed descriptions. To start off we ordered two entrée specials, the Caprese ($23) and the Gnocchi ($23). They thoughtfully split the Caprese onto two separate plates for us to share, the ingredients tasted very fresh and the simple combination of mozzarella with the saltiness of the meat were perfect. The Gnocchi was made with ricotta and spinach, four-cheese sauce and truffle oil. The pieces were so pillowy and melt in your mouth, definitely a highlight!

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For mains Dan had the Quail stuffed with Venetian Sausage centre & Lentils ($29.90) and I had the Spit Roast Duck ($33), one of the specials. The Quail was cooked perfectly pink and tender. While the duck’s skin was crispy on the outside although a little bit dry inside, however the creamy bed of mash it sat on made up for the dryness.

IMG_7541IMG_7546Unfortunately we were in a rush, and didn’t get to try their dessert menu. However, they surprised Daniel with a little chocolate cake, which was a nice birthday treat. They also give all their customers complementary biscuits at the end of their meal. I think Galileo is a must visit in Perth, I’m already drooling thinking about that gnocchi dish!

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Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Ciao Italia, South Perth

IMG_3350 Finally, I can say I’ve been to Ciao Italia! Last week I visited this busy Italian restaurant for a weekday dinner with some friends, where we shared some pasta, pizza and also tried out the calamari (as sadly they ran out of Chilli Mussels).

For starters we shared the Romana ($26.50), this pizza was perfectly cooked in the wood fire oven. The crust was the right thickness, and toppings of leg ham, fetta cheese, bacon & artichokes were generously spread over the base.

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Dan and I shared the Spaghetti Vongole ($34.50), a dish of pasta tossed with baby clams, lots of garlic, chilli, fresh tomato and extra virgin olive oil. I thoroughly enjoyed the spaghetti and would recommend it to anyone who loves seafood.

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Our friends ordered the Linguine Alla Salerno ($35.50) with chilli tomato sauce, and the Fettucine Ciao Italia ($29.50). The linguine dish, is made of homemade squid ink pasta and although I didn’t get a taste of it, looked so good I just have to go back to try it. On the other hand, I have previously tried the Fettucine Ciao Italia at Chapter 88, their sister restaurant situated in Nedlands. This signature dish, comes with a creamy white sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and chicken.

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Instead of sharing the Chilli Mussels, which they unfortunately sold out of that night (note to self: must go early in the evening), we ordered a serving Calamari Alla Griglia ($37.50). The generous serving of calamari came in a light batter with some lemon sauce, and a side of salad.

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To finish off, we ordered a Tiramisu, which was a hit for some of us and a miss for others. With all the other dishes, do not expect to finish one slab of the homemade dessert by yourself! The decadent layers of sponge cake, coffee, mascarpone cheese and double cream are plenty enough to send you into a food coma.

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Overall this place is what you imagine a busy family like Italian restaurant to feel like, it is loud, super jam packed with people and the food is delicious. Make sure to share everything or prepare to takeaway, as the servings are huge. I’ll definitely return to try some more pizza and pasta!

Rating: 9 out of 10

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