One of the best and most rewarding dining experiences can be found at Subiaco gem, Lulu La Delizia, and that is where we found ourselves for lunch during the week. Styled a pasta and wine bar, this is a place where bookings seem to be essential and even more so at night. It was packed when we went and from all reports getting in for dinner is even harder – so make sure you book, and even more importantly make sure you go!
Anyone who has visited would know the delights of chef Joel Valvasori’s pasta dishes, all made in in-house, they are sublime.
The wine list is beautifully put together, with a great selection of Italian and Australian wines, including many of the funky new wave of wine makers who are shaking up the scene both here and abroad.
Obviously the menu is built around pasta dishes – and unlike many spots the pasta rather than the sauce is centre stage – no pasta drowning in a flood of sauce – but perfectly judged flavour combinations designed to let the pasta shine.
A complementary bowl of salty, crunchy popcorn set the scene for what turned out to be a wonderful experience.
Then one of the best dishes we have had this year – stracciatella with green tomato. The rich creamy, milky, silky, slightly salty cheese oozing and slithering across the plate, topped with juicy, tart baby green tomatoes and a splash of oil. The flavour and textural combination was marvellous. Not to be missed.
Well, that was a fantastic beginning, so on to the pasta.
Slippery, glossy pasta, cooked to al dente perfection, twirled and swirled and heaped on the plate, with a rich, meaty, spicy, luxurious ragu of pork– ticked every box you could want. Beautiful.
Finished with blue cheese and honeycomb and crackers – and that was our exceptional meal.
With our food we enjoyed a bottle of rosé from one of the aforementioned new wave producers, What-A-Melon from Latta Wines of Victoria – made from an interesting blend of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Gris– crushed rose petals, apple and cherry aromas, tart berry flavours, nutty, creamy, bright acid. Perfect food wine but also well suited to summery days sipping.
Lulu La Delizia has a buzzing, noisy, exuberant atmosphere, sensational pasta, brilliant sauces, cleverly and creatively designed dishes, wonderful waiters, spot on wine list. You must go.