Morning to night, this Cott corner restaurant bustles with Italian energy and a distinct taste of the sea.
Whiling away the afternoon with a glass of soave in hand as you watch The Doctor hurry the paddle boarders north, or perched among the library of wine stretching the length of the walls, there’s just something about Il Lido. And the locals know it too. Whether they’re sipping espresso in their lululemons, dining clients, or dropping by with the kids post-school, it’s a mixed affair that all adds to the charm.
Plates traverse Italy, dancing between coastal Italian, cucina povera, lasagne and polpette, all while melding the best of the Med with the best of WA.
Plates traverse Italy, dancing between coastal Italian, cucina povera, lasagne and polpette, all while melding the best of the Med with the best of WA. Locally made burrata is balanced with sweet new-season plum and macadamias; charred octopus is achingly tender, its sweetness lifted by lemon rind and underscored by creamy chickpea purée.
The details matter here: pasta comes al dente, seafood tastes of the sea and robust olive oil gives dishes distinct boldness. It’s supported by sharp and knowledgeable service that stays charmingly Italian – staff effortlessly steering diners through the menus and tome-like wine list, which heroes Italian grape varieties drawn from the volcanic soils of the south through to the foothills of the north. Espresso hour? Aperitivo hour? Il Lido cries out for a visit any time of day.