YOU know you have struck gold when you go to an Italian restaurant producing Neapolitan-style pizzas without even having to board a plane to Italy and L’Antica Fremantle is doing just that.
I had heard good things about this South Fremantle gem and had wanted to try it out for some time, so when the opportunity to dine there came up I drove, not flew, there.
Owner Ashlley Walliss, whose love of Italian food shines through in every dish, said he wanted to bring something authentic, simple, yet delicious to the port city and bring it he has.
On the main menu there are three pizzas: the margherita – cherry tomato sauce, fior di latte and basil ($18); the marinara – cherry tomato sauce, oregano and garlic ($18); and the bianca – fior di latte, rosemary, chilli flakes, rock salt and evoo ($16) – all super-simple but as authentic as Napoletana pizzas go.
The schiacciata, which sits on the specials list, is different and while traditionally a common flatbread, this one is a pizza base blown up like a balloon and stuffed with rocket, mozzarella, tomato and prosciutto.
As well as pizzas, the restaurant has starters and mains – all of which are designed for sharing.
We started with a bunch of starters – the pumpkin arancini, salsiccia and burrata and for mains we of course could not go past one of Walliss’ pizzas.
The arancini were perfectly golden and just the right size, while the burrata served with cherry tomatoes and evoo was more than enough for two, yet so deliciously creamy and moreish we could not stop until we were done.
Next was the spicy grilled Italian salsiccia with a side salad and crusty, toasted bread and this would have been just enough if we just stopped our dining experience there, but of course we had to try the pizza.
Opting for a lighter variety, the bianca got the nod and it was just right. Fior di latte with rosemary, chilli flakes, rock salt and evoo washed down with a bottle of Villa Sands Prosecco – it was the perfect way to finish our experience.
L’antica prides itself on giving patrons authentic Italian food, history and culture and the best part about it is you do not need a passport or luggage, just your hungry self.