STUMBLING across Pocino’s Italian Trattoria in the corner of the North Lake Shopping Centre was a pleasant surprise on a gorgeous spring day.
The sage butter gnocchi ($21) on the menu sounded good, but the squid ink spaghetti ($29) sounded even better.
Black spaghetti can be a turn off for the uninitiated, but give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.
This dish featured Shark Bay blue manna crab in a lovely garlic, oil and pesto sauce.
The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the oily sauce clung to it with the passion of an Italian inamorato, while the chunks of sharp tomato and soft crab flesh were perfect companions.
Hubby Dave fancied the barramundi with prawns, but is allergic to shellfish, so the very helpful waiter wandered off to consult with the chef.
Moments later, restaurant owner Maurizo Pocino came to our table to discus alternatives, suggesting grilled fish with chips and salad ($33).
The result was a very happy hubby who tucked into his huge meal with total enjoyment.
His contentment ratcheted up again when it came to dessert, and after 30-plus years of domestic bliss I didn’t need to ask if he wanted the tiramisu ($9.50).
Rich, soft and creamy, it was a magnificent version of this immortal dessert.
In the interests of diversity I ordered the chocolate-almond crostata (an italian baked tart, $8.50), which was chewy and delicious. But I was still a bit envious of the tiramisu.
Owner Maurizio did his cooking apprenticeship in Rome aged 15, and everything at his Myaree restaurant is made in-house, with “simple, honest ingredients”, he says.
North Lake Shopping Centre just got a whole lot more interesting with great food, good service and a home-style Italian vibe.
by JENNY D’ANGER
Pocino’s Italian Trattoria
North Lake Road, Myaree
open Tues–Sat 8.30am–3pm,
dinner 5–9pm, Sun 5–9pm