There’s something so wonderful about a thin-crust, premium quality ingredient laden, rich flavoured pizza that gets me a bit giddy in the knees. From the smoky taste imparted by flame cooking, to the combination of textures – I think a great pizza is akin to bliss. While it’s not a food that I go out to eat often, when I do enjoy one of quality I really find myself getting into it.
So when my friends told me that Il Lido had branched out to open a sister pizzeria in Cottesloe called Canteen, I was quick to accept their invite to attend the soft opening. So keep that in mind when reading this post it was their first operating night, and it was their opportunity to take on feedback and make any necessary changes before the official launch. But that being said, it was a beautiful evening – warm from the company, food and wine. And yes, let me say straight off the bat, the pizza was phenomenal.
Pizza is definitely the rising star of the menu and something many will focus their eating efforts on when attending here. But there’s lots of other options to peruse – and we were more than happy to munch through some dishes with our happy group of five. With Jeremy accompanying, we were in Italian fare heaven.
The scallops with crisp crumbs, the spicy njuda, sausage, and assorted charcuterie meats – all yum. It was the burrata with beetroot and pear that stole the show for us all though: I would go back to eat it on it’s own – that creamy, sweet contrast was super delicious and worthy of celebrating. A must try in my opinion. Even for this girl who is super obsessed with burrata and stracciatella, it rated highly.
The pizzas were piping hot when they arrived (if I’m being honest probably not so much once we were done snapping haha), with slightly charred crusts and puddles of melted cheese.
As per normal, the mozzarella was a crowd pleaser in this group – though a touch more basil would have been welcome. I’m a big fan of simple pizzas, I don’t like them overloaded in toppings or so heavy they dip down when you lift a slice.
The ‘Canteen’ house pizza was my favourite though. Potato, pancetta and fresh herbs. I adore white base pizzas and this one ticked all the boxes – so much so I kept going back for slice after slice long past being full.
I decided to forgo the porchetta with pistachios, despite it looking pretty darn delectable when it hit our table. I can imagine this will be a best seller, though I’d like to see it with the fat cooked down a bit more as it was quite gelatinous from what I could see and what the others said. A minor teething problem I’m sure they can tackle with ease.
Yes… I’ll admit it. I was claiming to be full but when I was told we’d be munching on tiramisu for dessert I suddenly found myself with room to eat! Il Lido’s tiramisu is easily one of the best in town, and it was the same recipe on offer at Canteen – generous in serving, super creamy and so good. I could have eaten the whole thing (but sadly I had to share with Jeremy).
All in all a great introduction to Cottesloe’s new Italian hotspot. I’m looking forward to returning, to trying more of the dishes on the menu and re-indulging in the ones I enjoyed at the soft opening. Bellissima!