Monsterella | The Verdict

By Tessa Gallagher
7th Feb 2017

Printed at the bottom of the menu at new Wembley Italian spot Monsterella is the very cute story of how the restaurant got its name.

Husband and wife owners Ryan and Tania’s daughter thinks all cheese is mozzarella (oh to be part of an Italian family!) but unable to pronounce it, she calls it ‘monsterella’ instead.

It’s the perfect name for a restaurant that may be small in size but is big in heart, authentic Italian family vibes and incredibly delicious food.

Sitting pretty on the corner of Grantham and Jersey Streets in Wembley (where Woolly Latte’s used to be), the restaurant oozes rustic cool with its exposed walls, leather booths, wooden tables and gorgeous hanging lights. The space is simple, stylish and classy and it’s clear a lot of love has gone into making it so.

If the true essence of Italian is to do amazing things to simple ingredients, the Monsterella team is most certainly nailing it.

A massive and very serious-looking pizza oven takes centre stage in the kitchen and unsurprisingly, pizza is the name of the game here. 100% handmade and naturally risen for eight hours, there’s 17 of these bad boys to choose from and all of them look freaking delicious.

Making for a slightly easier decision, there are only three pastas on the menu—spaghetti with meatballs, truffled pappardelle carbonara and a kale and spinach pesto spaghetti—each handmade daily. Complemented by a few top-notch antipasti and salad options, the menu is simple but perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Heading in there with friends on a recent Friday night, it was clear Wembley locals are loving the new addition to their neighbourhood. The restaurant was buzzing and there was a steady stream of takeaway orders flying out the door.

We kicked things off with a generous supply of juicy Sicilian olives, spicy Italian sausage and pan-fried halloumi—all scrumptious and demolished in minutes!

What then followed was a testament to our lack of restraint. Yes, we tried multiple pizzas (the Ronaldo and super spicy Angelo were faves), yes we tried multiple pastas (the spaghetti and meatballs are what carby dreams are made of) and yes, we may have finished proceedings off with two lots of cannoli (chocolate and ricotta if you’re interested) because, research.

Unfortunately I couldn’t squeeze in the arrosticini abruzzesse (traditional lamb skewers from the Abruzzo region in Italy) but they are firmly on the hit list for my next visit.

It’s not always easy being a restaurant in Perth but only a few months in, Monsterella is pulling it off superbly.

It’s open seven days a week (plus they deliver to nearby suburbs) but even better than that, it’s BYO AND they do gluten-free pizza. Huzzah! Monsterella really is relaxed, local dining at its best, you can find all the details in The Directory!

Image credit: Nancy Hanna

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