It doesn’t get much more Freo, than Italian trattoria, Cafe D’Freo. This simple restaurant is located in the very heart of Fremantle and the locals are loyal followers of this classic eatery for its warm service, relaxed setting and exceptional Italian cuisine. Conveniently located on Essex Street, Cafe D’Freo also has guests coming from all over Perth to sample their famous seafood platter, freshly made linguine gamberi piccanti, or delicious pappardelle with slow cooked pork jus, garlic and vermouth. They also offer a range of lunch dishes including the delectable Cafe D’Freo burger with all the trimmings which is perfect to indulge in during a long lunch. Open from breakfast right through until dinner, Cafe D’Freo does tend to fill up so booking ahead is advised.
Italian food in Fremantle doesn’t get much better than Cafe D’Freo on Essex Street. This restaurant is a favourite amongst Fremantle and Perth dwellers, and serves up splendid seafood, pastas, pizza, risottos, burgers and salads, with plenty of meat and veggie-based options for carnivores and vegetarians, alike. For lunch, the dishes at Cafe D’Freo are not only made with fresh, locally-sourced produce but they feel so decadent you will return time and time again to this Perth place to try out all the dishes. We recommend ordering the salmon bruschetta on toasted sourdough with smoked salmon, avocado, rocket and capers. Alternatively, opt for the veal and pork polpette with balsamic cherry tomatoes and parmesan on top.
If you’re hitting up Cafe D’Freo for an evening meal, we simply cannot give enough praise to the crumbed chicken parmigiana served with bolognese sauce, cheese, homemade chips and salad – which packs a comforting, yet refreshing punch. For any veggies in the house, we advise ordering the ricotta ravioli with spinach, mushrooms, walnuts which is surprisingly light and zesty for a pasta dish. It’s fair to say that no trip to an Italian restaurant is complete without a sizeable dessert being consumed, and you can expect sweet specials that change daily at Cafe D’Freo – perfect for a nice sugar hit with your espresso after a big meal.
I love the chargrilled spatchcock and vegetable dish on the dinner menu at Café D'Freo. We took friends along expecting they would select one of the home made pasta dishes. But after hearing me rave about the spatchcock, they both opted for it as well and were so pleased they did - they thoroughly loved the flavours. The salsiccia sharing platter as an entree was good value with lightly cooked Italian sausage, a beetroot dip, olives, and bread on the side. Great food and fabulous service at a fair price.
We had a great time and the staff were very patient with the 9 of us. Would always go back and recommend to others to go and experience their restaurant.
As always, the food is fabulous authentic Italian (including the handmade pappardelle) and very affordable hearty portions, and the delightful wait staff make the evening so enjoyable. A real gem in Freo.