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The Little Pantry | SUBIACO
A cafe turns back the clock to deliver
great value, tasty offerings.
If you are over paying ridiculous prices for coffee in
Perth, head down to The Little Pantry in Subiaco,
which is serving coffee for the 1980s price of $2.50.
And when you consider that they use quality
Ponchione beans -- the official coffee of the Slow
Food Movement in Italy -- the price seems even
more outstanding. Owner Aleks Kesic says she s
taking a stand against the ridiculous prices being
charged for a cup of coffee around Perth. The
cafe itself looks and feels great and is the work of
interior designer, Gabbi McAullay.
The concise menu changes weekly and offers
a selection of pies, gourmet rolls and sandwiches
which overflow with delicious fillings, tarts and
quiches together with muffins and a variety of
toast for breakfast.
Grab the paper and a seat (if you are lucky
enough to snare one) and just enjoy.
The cafe doesn t have a kitchen so most items
are best served cold, except for things which work
well reheated, such as the osso bucco, which is
planned for the winter months. If, like me, you
love a great cup of tea, Little Pantry is serving (and
selling) the excellent T2 range.
They also have a growing array of interesting
store items for sale, from imported coffee to
kitchenware and deli items.
The Little Pantry is literally putting its money
where its mouth is, sending a strong message and
doing it all with style. You ll love it.
Open Monday to Friday, 7am - 6pm, Saturday 7am-
4pm. 206 Nicholson Road, Subiaco, (08) 9388 8780.
Il Circolo | NORTH PERTH
Get on your bike and check out this
charming Italian trattoria in North Perth.
You have to love the passion behind Il Circolo.
WA boy Oscar Boyne spent a few years as part of
a cycling team in Pistoia, outside Florence, where
he met fellow cyclist Enrico Rossati. With a shared
love of Tuscan cuisine, they decided to head to
Perth (Enrico moving over with his pregnant wife)
and, in October last year, opened their charismatic
cucina rustica trattoria in North Perth.
Unassuming, bright and airy with unpolished
boards, exposed brick walls, wooden tables and
fantastic folding cinema chairs brought in from
Naples, Il Circolo wouldn t be out of place in the
Tuscan hills. Enrico s menu is small and uncom-
plicated with chalkboards showing what s on offer
with Oscar, who mans the counter, more than
happy to explain it all. Funghi al funghetto ($12),
which are served for breakfast and lunch, are a rev-
elation. The mushroom stalks are puréed, sautéed
in olive oil and parsley and reduced and the heads
are then added and cooked through. Served on
toasted Tuscan bread, this dish is full of flavour.
Crespelle alla fiorentina (Florentine crepes) are,
again, superb with the wafer-thin crepes melting
in the mouth. The traditional filling of blended
ricotta and slow-cooked silverbeet is smooth with
just the right amount of seasoning. After some-
thing you won t find easily on any other menu in
Perth? Try the polpettine al sedano (celery meat-
balls) served with toasted Tuscan bread. The celery
is mixed with herbs, cheese and egg to bind then
formed into a meatball. The beef, veal and chicken
liver sauce really makes this dish. Il Circolo is an-
other gem adding character to our dining scene.
Open 6.30am - 6.00pm seven days a week (they are
planning to open for dinner soon) 22 Angove Street,
North Perth, (08) 9328 7667.
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