No Mafia, one of my absolute favourite bars, has had a recent small makeover – a lick of paint, an upgrade of the floor, nothing too much, just adding a little more sheen to what is a ripper of a place.
As the name suggests it is an Italian themed spot – with always a great selection of Italian wine, often from smaller and less known producers, and that emphasis of small producers flows through to their selection of Australian wine, and WA wine in particular. You can always find something from young gun producers like Andries and Yoko from Brave New Wine or Jo from Dormilona. And the food likewise nods to Southern Italy.
I dropped in recently – well I do this with some regularity, I must admit – and tried a new release from South Australia’s Unico Zelo who are turning out some absolute cracker wines – and as a result of this tasting I went home and ordered a selection from the winery….and they have now arrived!
Anyway, this was a Pinot Noir, from the Harvest range – bright and clear red with aromas of cherries, dried rose petals and a lilting mushroomy note. The chewy, earthy palate has flavours of sour cherries and plums with a dry and chalky finish – beautiful drinking and a great food companion.
No Mafia always impresses – outstanding wine selection, good quality food, brilliant staff – it is a must. And the Tre Amici roving dinner – with antipasti at No Mafia, a main at neighbour Francoforte Spaghetti Bar, and dessert across the road at Chicho Gelato – is a top idea and a real bargain.