Natalie and Tony Orr aren’t your typical restaurateurs. After leaving the mining industry three years ago, the husband-and-wife team opened Inglewood trattoria Il Pasto, where their dedication to servicing locals with affordable, quality food began. They’ve now taken the reins at Nedlands stalwart La Lola, and plan to continue providing what the venue has become known for: modern Italian food without exorbitant prices.

“We want to make it an affordable dining choice for local residents, businesses and university students,” says Natalie. “The focus is on affordable quality.”

Originally opened in 2010 by Michael de Marte as a Roman-style trattoria, La Lola has experienced a few changes of hand. What’s been consistent is the style of food offered: fresh ingredients in modern dishes, with pricepoints that make regular (as opposed to special-occasion-only) visits possible. While the restaurant’s branding has received a revamp under the Orrs, the approach to food will remain consistent, with a focus on local ingredients.

Examples of what’s on offer by night include homemade pappardelle with a light tomato sugo and fresh basil, or chargrilled Dandaragan scotch fillet topped with truffle butter (made from fresh truffles from Stonebarn in Manjimup). Pair your main dish with a simple side of grilled greens doused in olive oil and shaved pecorino. And for dessert, there are classics like tiramisu and panacotta, plus a zesty lemon meringue tart with limoncello gel. There’s also a wide selection of Italian wines and aperitifs on offer and dinner guests can BYO wine. The owners plan to host regional Calabrian food nights.

The intimate 70-seater restaurant also has a low-lit private dining room, dubbed the “Gina Room” thanks to the floor-to-ceiling print of Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida on the back wall. It seats up to 20 people, and is available for bookings seven days.


La Lola
25A Hampden Road, Nedlands


Hours:
Daily 7am - late


lalola.com.au