SC and myself were asked out for a dinner with the lovely couple AC and SS (now it should really be AS and SS, tee hee). We had no idea (well, I did have an inkling as to why they’d be asking us out for dinner) what the special occasion was but I was psyched to know that we were going to a new place, and that it was going to be some Italiano food!
SS did some research with some fellow Italian colleagues in his office and decided on Da Vinci after hearing that it’s got good honest Italian food.
I found myself arriving at the same time as SC and her father. AS and SS arrived shortly after. We were escorted by who seemed to be the manager of the establishment to our table, and given our menus too.
We started off with some drinks:
- Peroni (off the tap)
- Frozen lemon margherita
- Some water for the gents
As I scrolled through the menu, I found myself being rather attracted to the pizza being offered, and even more so after being told that they are quite famous for their pizzas. And as it would turn out, I was not the only one deliberating on that round piece of dough filled with lotsa goodness.
We ended up ordering:
- Margherita pizza ($11)
- Funghi pizza – Tomato salsa, mozzarella, porcini, button and field mushrooms ($18.50)
- Prosciutto pizza – Tomato salsa, mozzarella, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, prosciutto ($19)
- Affettati pizza – Tomato salsa, mozzarella, Virginia ham, spicy Italian cacciatore sausage and bacon ($19.50)
- Homemade cannelloni ($18)
It was pizza night!
SS always believes that a true test of an Italian establishment (being Italian himself) is to try the margherita pizza, because it is so simple that you have nothing to back you up if you do stuff up the dough. I was in total agreement to this philosophy, and being the simple jane that I am, I was in full support of his order. (:
As it would turn out, the lovely gentleman who ordered this margherita found this pizza to be pretty good. Yay! SC had the funghi pizza, which was quite expected considering her love for mushrooms, and I personally liked it even more than what I had, which was the prosciutto combination. It was nice, but I did think the sundried tomatoes did not particularly complement the overall taste of the pizza. The affetatti pizza that SC’s father had was meat galore – so if you like meat, this is the pizza for you! It’s packed full of that meaty goodness, and that’s what really gives this pizza a nice edge over others – that salty flavour from the ham/bacon/sausage.
The homemade cannelloni that AS had was apparently pretty good too. Overall, we were all rather happy people. The serving of the pizza is a little more than I can handle myself, so I think next time I might do a share of pasta/pizza between two people or something like that.
We then ordered some coffee to end the evening, which was decent. Nothing ‘wow’. Just the decent cup of coffee after a meal. (:
It was after this cup of coffee that we were told of the purpose of the dinner – and that was for AS and SS to thank SC and myself for the help we gave at their wedding. Awwww! And they were so sweet to have bought us each a necklace too!! Awwww.
The service in Da Vinci was alright. The waitress who served us took a while to warm up to us. I would have thought she was having a bad day if she hadn’t warmed up to us and started smiling as she served us for the remainder of the evening.
A non-pretentious place, I would definitely find myself coming back to Da Vinci to try some of their pastas, and revisiting that funghi pizza.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg
Da Vinci Ristorante Pizzeria
Telephone: (08) 9201 1144
Address: 1 Scarborough Beach Rd, North Perth 6006