Homely Italian Restaurant @ Romany, Northbridge, W.A.

B and I were keen to try Romany for a while now. We tried to eat there a few months ago but were turned away as they were at full capacity on a Tuesday evening. Before I left for New Zealand, B and I finally had dinner at Romany.

Romany is a little Italian restaurant located in Northbridge. Once you enter, it feels like you have been transported to a little Italian restaurant in Italy. It looks basic but smells great and there are tables spacially spread out across the restaurant which are draped with white tablecloths.

Once we sat down and had our 15 minute catch up, we decided to order a bottle of wine to share. We both enjoy Pepperjack’s Cabernet Sauvignon ($38), so it was an easy decision. However, the decisions got harder when it was time to order our mains. I couldn’t decide what I felt like but thankfully narrowed it down to pasta. After a lot of umming and arring I finally ordered the Penne Aribiatta ($26) while B ordered the Agnolotti ($26). We also ordered a side salad ($5) to share.

While we waited for our mains, we ate the bread that was served to us when we sat down. It was light and fluffy white bread that was served with butter and it was hard to resist! Our meals came out amazingly quick – definitely under 10 minutes. I quickly tucked in to my Penne Aribiatta, which featured spicy Italian sausage in a spicy tomato sauce. There was definitely a hint of chilli within it.

B’s Agnolotti was moon-shaped pasta that was filled with chicken and spinach and was served in a hot chilli tomato sauce with a touch of cream. I had a try of this dish and it was really nice. B said that she enjoyed this dish but the flavours became lucklustre by 3/4 of the way through her meal. Both dishes were very substantial in size and it would be hard to leave Romany hungry.

Our side salad was quickly finished, as it was an excellent addition to our pastas however there were a few strands of old lettuce throughout it. Regardless, I still enjoyed the salad and its simplistic salad dressing.

Overall, I enjoyed our visit to Romany. It’s a homely Italian restaurant in the middle of Northbridge that has a lovely ambience and serves hearty-sized mains. I will definitely be ordering an entrée sized pasta next time as it was a very large serving for both B and I. Another added bonus is that their wine selection is quite good and are reasonably priced by the glass or bottle. One negative is that Romany’s mains (other than pastas) do not come with sides which are an additional $5 each.

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