GETTING to taste a couple of wines before deciding which one you want?
Now that’s service with a very big smile from the staff at No Mafia.
My dinner companion and I eventually decided on the Sicilian valdibella kerasos — a deep and full-bodied drop that was smooth as silk.
This small bar/eatery in Northbridge was named after the grass roots movement in Italy, where business owners fed up with decades of violence and intimidation put “no mafia” notices on their shopfronts.
After a visit to Sicily a few years ago, No Mafia owners Emma Ferguson and Dan Morris decided to show their support back in Perth.
“It was a very passive movement and we wanted to do our bit,” Ms Ferguson told the Voice, shortly after opening in 2015.
It’s always a joy to find an eatery that has not only maintained its quality, but dare I say become even better.
Share plates are the way to go in small bars, so we started with some first class bread from Fremantle’s Bread in Common, dipped in a really good olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan-infused sea salt.
It set the mood for an enjoyable meal.
Zucchini fritters ($16) were next and the crisp parcels of flavour topped with chilli and gorgonzola aioli were magnifico.
The tang of the gorgonzola came through in a very agreeable coda.
“They are nice and light and very tasty. I really like the aioli,” my companion said.
The mushrooms with sweet corn puree ($24) were more subtle, but no less enjoyable, and the fungi had a pleasant chewiness and the puree a polenta-like texture.
The piéce de résistance was the squid with chickpea, tomato and chorizo ($24).
The pan fried tubes melted in the mouth and were smothered in a rich tomato sauce with a chilli kick.
“They are so tender and the salami is excellent and spicy,” my mate opined.
The dessert menu looked appealing, especially the orange semifreddo, almond crumble, with Campari honey ($13), but we were heading to the State Theatre, and time so pleasantly spent had gotten away from us.
by JENNY D’ANGER
1890 William Street, Northbridge