Joel Valvasori-Pereza to open a Pasta Bar

Joel Valvasori-Pereza

Joel Valvasori-Pereza

Acme in Sydney. Tipo 00 in Melbourne. Borsa Pasta Cucina in Adelaide. The rise of the modern pasta bar is one of the more likeable restaurant trends taking hold around the country. Next month Perth gets in on the act when Joel Valvasori-Pereza opens Lulu La Delizia in the inner-west suburb of Subiaco.

Friuli, the mountainous border region in Italy's north-east that's as Slavic as it is Italian, was a touchstone for Valvasori-Pereza in the four years he was at Lalla Rookh, and his heritage again will be at the fore at the new venue.

Friulano pasta sauces are notable for their richness and reliance on herbs and spice - think combinations like smoked eel with garlic and white wine, or a deep pork and veal ragù scented with cinnamon, bay and rosemary.

That said, Valvasori-Pereza wants the handmade pasta itself to be the star. "Good pasta has natural bite," he says. "I'm not talking undercooking pasta, but the dough has strength. When you roll it out, it has its own micro-texture that you can see, and hugs and holds the sauce."

The plan is to offer up to six pastas each day, including a daily special "to keep things interesting". Cjarsons, semi-sweet agnolotti stuffed with zest and dried fruit, and fusi istriani, triangular pasta thimbles sauced with pig's blood and chicken liver, are among the regional specialties and family recipes we might find on the menu alongside northern Italian gnocchi, bigoli and ravioli. They'll be bookended by stuzighet (the Friulano answer to antipasto and stuzzichini) and dulç (dessert).

And yes, before you ask, Lalla Rookh's famed braised bone marrow will be making the trip from the CBD to Subi. Bring on October, we say.

Lulu La Delizia opens for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday in Subiaco at the end of October. instagram.com/lululadelizia


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Now open: Saxe, Melbourne
18.01.2018
Lankan Filling Station finds permanent Sydney home
11.01.2018
Hugh Wennerbom opens The Argyle Inn in Taralga
19.12.2017
What to order at Barangaroo House
14.12.2017
Morgan McGlone to open a New York-style grill in Melbourne
12.12.2017
Our favourite dishes: December 2017
11.12.2017
The Gourmet Traveller podcast

Each fortnight we round up the most interesting characters from the food world for your listening pleasure. We chat to chefs, cooks, authors, bar tenders and baristas - anyone who has something new and interesting to say about the way we like to eat and drink.

Listen
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Divido

To those who dream of the old country, Divido is the modern...

MOM Dumpling House

Sino-themed furniture and decor. Animated conversations in ...

Nunam

Nunam is a restaurant on the up. Renovations a year or two ...

El Publico

Five years after opening its doors, this spirited bar-resta...

Il Lido Italian Canteen

In a town where reliable beachside eats are still thin on t...

Lalla Rookh

Opening chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza might have left the buil...

Long Chim Perth

As neighbours go, it's hard to picture an odder couple than...

Bistro Guillaume - Perth

Bistro Guillaume's commitment to Gallic tradition ensures t...

Divido

To those who dream of the old country, Divido is the modern...

Il Lido Italian Canteen

In a town where reliable beachside eats are still thin on t...

Lalla Rookh

Opening chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza might have left the buil...