A new addition to the Floreat Forum food scene is Davvero!, an Italian style cafe and restaurant brought to you by two Tuscan families with a strong passion for good food and wine. Apart from real, authentic Italian food, Davvero also offers an extensive wine list with wines coming all the way from Italy. Take a look at the interior of Davvero and you can also see a range of unique homewares, accessories and costume jewellery from Italy displayed around the restaurant and at the retail corner for sale.
My first visit to Davvero was for breakfast after teaching BodyCombat at Goodlife Floreat. I had the Asiago Cheese Souffle with mushrooms simmered in white wine and parsley with fried quail eggs ($19). The cheese souffle was soft and fluffy, full of cheesy flavours, complementing well with the earthy textures from the mushrooms. This was my first time seeing fried quails eggs served instead of the usual chicken egg. There’s not much of a difference in terms of taste between the chicken and quail egg but it sure is something different and innovative in a breakfast menu!
Asiago cheese souffle with mushrooms and fried quail eggs
My dining partner had the full breakfast which comprises of a choice between poached, scrambled or fried eggs, chickpeas and cannellini beans ragout, tomatoes, mushroom gratin, Davvero! style potatoes, Italian sausage and bacon ($22.50). If you want to treat yourself to a hearty breakfast, the Davvero full breakfast is a must.
Davvero! Full Breakfast
After having a good breakfast, we had a look at the dinner menu and what caught my eye was the Fiorentina T-Bone steak. The Fiorentina T-bone steak is a Tuscany delicacy with the weight of the steak ranging approximately from 800g to 1.2kg, chargrilled with seasoned vegetables and roasted potatoes. It’s a dish recommended to be shared between two and is priced at $8 per 100 gram. We enjoyed the Fiorentina T-bone and thought that the steak was cooked perfectly to medium, tender and juicy.
Fiorentina T-Bone Steak ($80.00)
On a separate occasion, I returned to Davvero for dinner with friends after church. Most of us had the Casoncelli alla Bergamasca ($28). The Casoncelli is a ravioli made with a combination of beef, sausages, amaretto and pear filling with crispy pancetta on top finished off burnt butter sage. Across the table, all of us agreed that the Casoncelli was very delicious. The ravioli was lovely and the combination of beef, sausage, amaretto and pear complements each other well. Each ravioli was pack full of flavour.
Casoncelli alla Bergamasca
A few dining companions had the fillet of free range pork from Linley Valley, wrapped in Italian style pancetta and served with Pink Lady apple sauce and roast potatoes ($37). As good as it looks, there were definitely some positive comments heard across the table for those who had the pork fillet.
Fillet of Free Range pork
For desserts, I had the Tiramisu ($12). The tiramisu was lovely – it was very moist and the coffee flavours were subtle and not overpowering. I like how at Davvero! they present their Tiramisu a bit differently with a touch of Savoiardi biscuits at the top, dusted with cocoa.
On a separate occasion for dinner, I had the Souffle al Cioccolato ($12.50) which comprises of dark caffarel Italian chocolate souffle with jam heart and vanilla custard. When the souffle first arrived at the table, it was presented like art on a plate with the chocolate souffle, as the center of attention. The chocolate souffle was rich, fluffy and slightly gooey in the centre. A great dessert for those chocolate lovers.
Souffle al Cioccolato ($12.50)
My dining partner had the Lime Bavarese which comprises of a lime Bavarian cream on a crispy biscuit base with mango coulis ($12.50). I had a taste test and the Lime Bavarese was a very refreshing dessert, perfect if you prefer the lighter side of desserts.
Lime Bavarese ($12.50)
Overall, on a few separate occasions at Davvero!, I enjoyed my dining experience there and thought that the food was delicious and authentic Italian. The service is excellent which is what you can get from dining at an Italian restaurant – warm, friendly and welcoming. I think it’s really great to see the Floreat Forum food scene expanding and in no doubt, I am sure Davvero! will be very popular among the locals.
Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)