Ellenbrook pizzeria’s review gives food for thought


Lorenzo Schiaffini, owner of Woodfire Italian Restaurant, seen here with his bufala pizza. |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d461847
Lorenzo Schiaffini, owner of Woodfire Italian Restaurant, seen here with his bufala pizza. |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d461847

ELLENBROOK’S Woodfire Italian Restaurant received a big tick of approval from WA food critic Rob Broadfield after the veteran foodie turned up unannounced recently.

The Commercial Street restaurant was given an overall score of 14/20 by Broadfield, who described it as “authentic and proper” with “pasta that rocks and pizza as real as it gets”.

Broadfield also labelled the restaurant “a well-priced Italian eatery aimed at the family wallet”.

His only criticism: Ellenbrook.

“When it comes to doing it right, Woodfire Italian Restaurant is ticking a lot of boxes,” the review read.

“But where is it? Highgate? Leederville? In a posh boutique hotel in Northbridge, perhaps?

“Woodfire is in Ellenbrook. Ellenbrook has a CBD of sorts: a sandpit with a few buildings, including a tilt-up concrete performing arts centre. It brings to mind tumbleweeds.”

Owner Lorenzo Schiaffini, the former Head Chef of Jamie’s Italian, said he was stoked with the food-side of the review.

“I’m stoked, as far as the food was concerned,” he said.

“He (Broadfield) does not give out high scores too easily, so to get a 14 and to get him to come out here to Ellenbrook is quite something.”

Mr Schiaffini, who is a local resident, said the comments about the area were not accurate.

“To be honest I do not agree with what he wrote about Ellenbrook,” he said.

“But I’m not too worried. He said the food was good and that’s what matters.”