Number 36 Angove Street has been home to many businesses over the years. Metrio. The Pantry Door. A commercial kitchen for one of the city’s more prominent restaurateurs. At one stage it even operated as a brothel. As of mid-August, the site’s newest tenant will be Il Locale ("The Local"), a cosy, 60-seat Italian restaurant serving regional pastas and dishes at neighbourhood-friendly prices.
“It’s not tricked-up food, but the kind of cooking you’d eat at your nonna’s place, just presented in a restaurant format,” says Don Morison, one of the restaurant’s owners. “We want Il Locale to be very approachable and friendly. Almost a lounge room feeling. The whole concept is to make it affordable.”
While the opening menu is still being finalised, Morison says they’ll be keeping the carte tight. Expect around five pasta and risotto dishes (rigatoni with beef check and eggplant ragu, perhaps, or ricotta gnocchi with butternut pumpkin and pecorino pepato) and a handful of seasonal dishes that might include braised baby goat and daily seafood specials. The children’s menu sees younger eaters offered smaller portions of the menu proper rather than nuggets and chips. The restaurant is in the process of applying for its liquor license and will take a similar accessibility-first approach to its drinks.
The collective CV of the Il Locale team features plenty of Italian food experience. Morison and his partner Rosanna Luca owned Veritas on Beaufort Street (Luca’s family owned boho Italian café L’Alba in Northbridge back in the day). Tom Di Chiera from beloved North Perth Italian deli Di Chiera Brothers will use his little black book of growers to supply the restaurant with the good stuff while chefs Adrian Haupt and Salerno native Giovanni Pauciulo both boast extensive experience in Italian kitchens.
Il Locale opens mid-August and will serve breakfast and lunch daily. Dinner services will begin in October.
36 Angove Street, North Perth.