New cafe with traditional Italian pizzas making waves in Leederville

Pappagallo owners Nino La Verghetta and Michael Tricoli: “It’s casual and has a very European atmosphere,” says La Verghetta. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d443510
New cafe with traditional Italian pizzas making waves in Leederville
Pappagallo owners Nino La Verghetta and Michael Tricoli: “It’s casual and has a very European atmosphere,” says La Verghetta. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d443510

AUTHENTIC Italian pizzas are what you will find when dining at Pappagallo Cafe and Pizzeria, according to owners Nino La Verghetta and Michael Tricoli.

The dynamic duo started their cafe last month and business is booming, with locals lining up to get a taste of their Italian fare.

La Verghetta, who grew up in Italy, said it was a dream to open up a traditional Italian pizzeria.

“I grew up in the supermarket industry in Italy with my parents’ business,” La Verghetta said.

“When I came to Australia I opened up Dolce e Salato in partnership with a few friends and after five years I decided to open up by myself Juggler Cafe in Leederville, and now this.”

Priding themselves on tradition and authenticity, food is made with love and most items are imported from Italy.

“Our pizza dough is left to rise for 72 hours so it is light and crunchy,” he said. “All the products that we use, including our flour, tomato, coffee and water, are imported from Italy.

“This is our passion; we don’t work for money, we work for love.”