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.”