Located in the heart of East Perth, Bistro Bellavista (formerly known as Cafe Bellavista) is a Italian/Mediterranean style Bistro with an addition of a new Wood Fired Pizzeria. The interior was recently refurbished with simple and clean cut furniture, making it a warm, welcoming place to dine.
We had a shared entree of WA tempura tiger prawns, homemade croquettes and arancini fritti to start off with. The homemade croquettes were my favourite as they were crispy on the outside with a soft melt in your melt texture inside.
After our entrees, we attended a pizza demonstration by Chef Luca working his magic to create our woodfired pizzas.
Woodfired pizzas are my type of pizzas.. We shared a pizza prosciutto e gamberi, a tomato based sauce pizza with toppings of bocconcini, WA tiger prawns, Italian San Daniele prosciutto and drizzled with basil pesto. From the delicate textures of the prosciutto to the crispy crust, this pizza sure shouts delicious.
As we could not decide on our second pizza, Chef Luca recommended the Pizza Margherita. Yes, the Pizza Margherita might sound simple with tomato sauce, mixed herbs, bocconcini and fresh basil but sometimes simple is best. I loved the rich tomato sauce and the cheesiness from the bocconcini. It’s a simple pizza at its best.
I am not usually a big fan of gnocchi but I loved the Gnocchi Al Formaggio at Bistro Bellavista. The homemade potato gnocchi was pillowy soft and fluffy. The gorgonzola sauce with a touch of tomato sauce, walnuts and freshly grated grana Padano adds a combination of cheesy and punchy flavours.
For the mains, I had the Spaghetti Marinara. The Spaghetti Marinara consisted of sautéed blue swimmer crab meat, baby calamari, fresh mussels and local WA tiger prawns in olive oil, garlic and chili in a San Marzano tomato sauce, tossed through spaghetti and fresh basil. The house made spaghetti was cooked perfectly to al dente. I loved the generosity of the fresh seafood, complementing well with the San Marzano tomato sauce.
The Agnello Al Forno comprised of oven roasted Margaret River lamb rack with pistachio crust, served pink with baby carrots and roasted potatoes, finished with pesto and rosemary jus. I had a taste and the lamb rack was cooked to juicy and tender, with a hint of pink in the middle. The pesto and rosemary jus added more flavour to the beautiful lamb rack.
Although we were full from mains, we left some room for dessert. After all, they say there is always a stomach for desserts right?
The mascarpone and vanilla Semifreddo was so delicious. It was served with pine nuts and salted caramel with some cocoa powders on it. We finished the whole thing really quickly before we moved on to the last dessert of the night.
Let’s start off with the mascarpone and vanilla semifreddo. If you love ice cream or any frozen desserts, you will enjoy the mascarpone and vanilla semifreddo. It’s not too heavy in texture and the salted caramel, pine nuts and cocoa powder together added sweetness to the semifreddo.
Next, we had the creme brulee. We cracked the sugar top of the creme brulee and was excited to dig into the rich, creamy custard. Truly indulgent.
Lastly, we had the tiramisu. It’s soft in texture and creamy with a good balance of coffee flavours.
Bistro Bellavista is open for Breakfast and Dinner every night of the week and for Lunch every Sunday. If you are craving for Italian food, Bistro Bellavista is a must visit. Delicious food with generous portions.
We would like to thank the team at Bistro Bellavista for inviting us and serving
us a feast of delicious Italian food.