Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

“Real food for real people” is how Lina and Tony Armenti describe Pimlott and Strand, their brand new deli/cafe in North Perth. We’d change that to “real food for real people with real empty fridges”. Yep, that about covers it.

Inspired by a spritely 85-year-old Englishman and fellow Italophile while on a recent trip to the old country, the couple decided to take the plunge and start a business that offered the kind of things Italian delicatessens are known for: quality produce, friendly conversation and a solution to the frequent what-the-hell-do-I-make-for-dinner conundrum.

You won’t find a more cheerful place. The walls and espresso machine are splashed with lemony yellow, fresh flowers sit proudly in the corner and a long table is strewn with happy customers sipping coffee and tapping their feet to a tune from Tony’s iPod. It’s a scene that warms the soul and causes the tummy to rumble.

It won’t rumble for long.┬áThe shelves are lined with baskets of pasta asciutta, fresh bread, spices, jars of sauces and preserves and a dangerous variety of chocolate. Then there’s the glass case displaying fresh ravioli, cured meats, cheese and ready-made meals.

I visited Pimlott and Strand on its opening day. Lina, bless her soul, immediately intuited my love of desserts and offered me a taste of the cafe’s signature dish: the PK Slice. It’s an unassuming looking wedge of chocolate loaded with roasted nuts and honeycomb and sprinkled with salt flakes. Worth every calorie-laden forkful.

If only Mr Jack Pimlott, the English bloke who inspired the cafe, knew what deliciousness he was responsible for a world away.

Great: A cheerful vibe and the very naughty salty-and-sweet PK Slice
Not so Great: The ubiquitous view of the eyesore that is the Chemist Warehouse across the street

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