Today, as I’m sure you know, is Mother’s Day, but for my family it’s even more special, as it’s not only Mother’s Day for Mamma Feltoe, but it’s also her birthday! (Of course, she’s just turned 21.)
Our family is spread out across the country, so we can’t do big family gatherings for these affairs (a lot of phone calls certainly make up for it though), but instead the family in Perth (meaning we three amigos), thought it a lovely idea to head out for some good eating to celebrate. And that’s exactly what we did.
Cucina on Hay is where we set our sights on. It’s a gorgeous little Italian place tucked down the end of Hay Street and attached to the Mercure Hotel.
I’ve walked past this place several times, eyeing off its quaint decor, so I was very keen to give it a go.
What was even better was that, while the rest of Perth’s popular spots were completely booked out for Mother’s Day, we had the place almost to ourselves. A photographer’s delight!
Tucked away in our little nook, we got stuck into ordering.
English breakfast tea for one.
And complimentary Mother’s Day champers for the other.
And then the gorgeous spread of food came rolling out and certainly didn’t disappoint! Many of the ingredients are sourced locally and everything tasted quality and authentic.
A tasty gluten free pizza for me, with Italian prosciutto from Parma region, Donnybrook VIC fresh mozzarella, Fontina cheese, arugula.
Papa Feltoe ordered the 18-hour slow cooked lamb osso buco, with Grana Pradana cheese polenta and gremolata. Sensational and tender.
And the birthday girl got the trio of gnocchi. A mix of pumpkin, basil and traditional flavoured gnocchi served with gorgonzola cream, cherry tomato, spinach, parmigiano-reggiano.
Amazing, but incredibly rich! We all really like the flavour of this one, but because it’s so rich, it’s probably best to be a shared plate next time.
Not having read any reviews, or sussed out the place beyond looking through the window before, I was thoroughly impressed, with the quality of the food, the reasonable prices, the friendly staff and most of all, the company I kept!
We shall definitely be back again for another family outing!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you loving and hard-working mums out there, and especially happy birthday to this wonderful woman!
“The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.” —Jeffrey R. Holland