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Tom’s Italian, North Beach

Tom's Italian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The views at Tom’s are spectacular. Situated on the site of the old Soda Sunlounge, it’s worth the walk up the stairs to enter this restaurant, which has tables inside and an outside deck. Having said that, the windows could do with a clean.


The waitresses were really pleasant and brought us the menus and table water. My companions were keen to have a pizza, and they chose the Hawaiian (ugh, not something that I would choose) and the capricciosa. As you probably know I am not a fan of non-traditional Italian pizzas, and the idea of pineapple on a pizza fills me with horror, but my companions thoroughly enjoyed it.


The capricciosa was more to my liking with tomato, pancetta, mushrooms, artichokes and olives, and again this was an enjoyable pizza.


I chose to have fish and picked the barramundi with smoky eggplant, tomatoes, marscapone and cabbage. It was really enjoyable, the fish was very fresh with a lovely crispy skin, and the vegetables were cooked perfectly.


We were too full to have dessert and left with smiles and full tummies. My only disappointment was that they didn’t have orange juice to make a mimosa – no restaurant should really run out of orange juice, but that aside, it was a really nice meal. Personally I think that the pizzas are better at Pappagallo, but I would definitely return to Tom’s for that wonderful fish and the amazing view.

Pappagallo, Leederville

Pappagallo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pappagallo is a bustling Italian restaurant that occupies a corner position at the junction of Oxford Street and Bourke Street. It’s about halfway along Oxford Street and away from the main Leederville strip. I first discovered this place a few months back when I was looking for traditional Italian pizza – not hawaiian, not chicken tikka, just beautiful simple unadulterated Italian pizza. Pappagallo really delivered on the pizza with the last mouthful being as perfectly tasty as the first, and we now visit regularly for our pizza fix.



The drinks menu is quite extensive and we love the Galvanina range of soft drinks that are offered – the blood orange soda is a wonderful drink.


Today we chose to share a pizza, a pasta dish, and a salad. Pappagallo do a mean coleslaw salad, however it’s a winter menu item and was not available today, so we chose a red cabbage, cucumber, celery, lemon zest and basil salad – quite a nice backdrop to the other dishes.


The pizza was a Napoli with tomato, mozarella, capers, anchovies, and olives. Wonderfully piquant and oozing with cheese, on top of a perfect thin crust – absolutely delicious and the reason why Pappagallo pizzas are so popular.


We also chose the ravioli of the day – lamb ravioli on a bed of butternut pumpkin puree. Again, delicious, the huge pillows of ravioli perfectly seasoned, the pumpkin lovely and soft underneath.


We felt fairly full but decided to share a dessert. Italian ricotta doughnuts with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Excellent quality ice cream with soft sugary doughnuts and a wonderful glossy chocolate sauce – yum.


Other items on the menu include a range of starters – a platter of cured meats, cheese and pickles; arancini; chicken skewers; italian sausage; polenta. As well as pizza and pasta dishes, you can choose chicken, fish, steak, veal and a seafood soup – anything that you would find in a cafe in Italy.

I consider this to be one if the best Italian restaurants in Perth, and definitely my ‘go to’ place for pizza.





Pizza in the Joondalup area

I’m a bit fussy about pizza. There are a lot of bad pizza parlours around, and I know I’m eating a good one when the last slice tastes as good as the first one did. To me, a bad pizza is greasy, too heavy on the dough, has toppings that don’t complement each other, or has ridiculous toppings like chicken tikka. Don’t put chicken tikka on a pizza – if you like chicken tikka, have it in an indian restaurant with salad and yoghurt sauce, or even better, make it yourself. So yes, I could rant about bad pizza all day.

Now what makes a good pizza ? It’s a personal choice, but I prefer the traditional Italian pizzas with a thinner crust. I think that meat on a pizza can be too heavy, so I prefer the simple vegetarian styles, but I do occasionally have a hankering for a Pizza Express Pollo ad Astra, and because they don’t have Pizza Express in Perth, I have to make my own with chicken, red onion, sweet capsicum peppers, garlic, cajun spice, mozzarella and tomato.

My benchmark is a margherita – if a pizza parlour makes a good margherita, then I know that all of their other pizzas will be good too. If I am fed up after 2 slices, then forget it.

So – where to go for pizza in Joondalup ? There are three parlours that I like, I don’t have a favourite out of these three – they are very different atmospheres, so really the choice boils down to what kind of evening I fancy.

The first restaurant is Davini’s in Regents Park Road.
UPDATE – Sadly, Davini’s has now permanently closed.
Davini's Italian Pizzeria & Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
This is a family run Italian deli and pizza parlour. They have a few tables inside and some on the pavement outside. The owner is delightful, a really nice man, and the pizzas are delicious, nicely loaded up and good pizza dough. They will also prepare a salad if you ask. The only drawback is that you shouldn’t come here if you are in a hurry. The pizzas are delicious because a lot of love goes into them, and if they are busy you will wait at least 40 minutes for your pizza – even if they are not busy, you will probably wait 25 minutes.

Davini’s pizza

The second pizza parlour is called A Slice of Italy. This is located on Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus. You can’t park right outside, you have to park in an adjacent car park, but it is only a short walk to get there. The restaurant has a view of the campus lake, and has tables outside on the decking.

Slice of Italy Cafe Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Inside looks very ‘uni’, it’s a bit messy with comfy  sofas and cushions that look like a Rubik’s cube, and you can play Connect 4 while you wait. You can also get a ‘Study cup’ of coffee with 5 shots of coffee in it. However, what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in friendliness and quality. The owner is such a lovely guy, he will even make you a ‘half and half’ pizza if you want to share with somebody, but you don’t want the same toppings.

Half and half pizza – margherita + italian

A Slice of Italy offers local delivery, they are open at weekends, they have a nice selection of soft drinks, and they sell Lavazza coffee. On my last visit the owner even gave us some free palmier biscuits.

Palmier biscuits

The third restaurant that I like is Leapfrogs cafe at Wanneroo Botanical Golf. Of the three, this is one that you can dress up to go to – or you can go casual, it doesn’t matter. It is licensed and has a lovely setting amongst the botanical gardens. All of the pizzas are cooked on the woodfired oven and you choose your own toppings.

Leapfrogs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

You generally have to book – they are open Thurs-Sun for pizza, and they also offer quite a varied menu of non-pizza items. They usually have entertainment, which is sometimes good, and sometimes not so great depending on the kind of music that you enjoy. It is very pretty setting with fairy lights and has a resort feel to it. For me, the only drawback is that it is very family-oriented, so a fairly romantic evening can be interrupted with children misbehaving close by. For others, the fact that it is child-friendly is an advantage, so it all depends on your point of view. The most important thing though is the food – and the pizzas are good.

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