Italian owner/chef Spartaco Rotella opened the doors of Ciao Italia some 18 years ago, bringing to South Perth a genuine taste of Italy. Busy, boisterous, attentive waiters and rollicking music are backed up by mouth-watering wood-fire pizzas and other Italian gems. Terracotta walls, red-and-white tablecloths and tantalising aromas wafting from the partially open kitchen add authentic energy to this suburban eatery.
The extensive menu covers all your favourites, from bruschetta and lasagne to gnocchi and, of course, pizza. Scaloppine ai funghi boasts a generous portion of tender, moist beef pieces and earthy mushrooms smothered in a creamy white wine sauce. It is served with a delicious medley of mixed vegetables. Sardegna is a delightful pizza with a perfectly cooked thin base. Prawns, squid and fish dot the gooey mozzarella that is spread over the base.
PSST! Ciao Italia is the ideal place for a birthday dinner. Staff members make a real fuss if they find out it's a birthday celebration!