Hidden among the bustling streets of Subiaco is the charismatic and charming ‘Woodpeckers Restaurant Perth’. Well known and loved for their pasta and pizza, this restaurant is full of appeal! You would have no idea, just looking at this quaint Restaurant, just how much effort has gone into revamping it to its current status by owners Nathan and Tiffany.
After having run their first Café (Café Myriade, the first board game Café in Perth from 2011 – 2016) and developing an understanding of business and hospitality, Nathan and Tiffany heard that Woodpeckers Perth was looking for someone to take over its lease at the end of 2015. It was a while before the two decided to take up the challenge in revamping Woodpeckers Perth due to the state of the venue, the food and the reviews that had come in from customers previously,
They had two thoughts on why they made this decision. They strongly believed that their passion towards food and amazing customer service along with hard work and dedication would give Woodpeckers Perth the new chance it needed (if the customers were willing to give them that chance too) and (on the lighter side) they had thought that maybe they just watched too much ’Kitchen Nightmares’ and were hoping to pull a total Gordon Ramsay! I have no doubt that would have made for a very interesting episode!
Life gave Nathan and Tiffany lemons but in the end it was worth it and their hard work and commitment to their love for great food, customer service and overall atmosphere paid off! Woodpeckers Perth is now a much loved Italian Restaurant with an incredible team of staff and food to die for! It can be seen from the staff alone, including personnel such as the Venue Manager Dominique, that they all want the same thing for Woodpeckers. They are all very serious about providing the best possible service to their customers with that added personal touch. Dominique and the Woodpeckers Team (that served us on the night) were sensational! They were welcoming, warm and accommodating. Their authentic Italian accents, stories and information on their food and ingredients, honestly made you feel like you were sitting somewhere in Italy!
The Woodpeckers Perth Sicilian Head Chef Mirco and Bologna Sous Chef Fabio are to be praised on the delicious dishes they create and serve up here. Having used their travel knowledge and experience when it comes to the dishes they craft, we were more than happy with the meals we received. The garlic bread served is a heavenly entrée and was gone in 2 seconds easy! The bread was soft, juicy and full of all the right flavours – I considered ordering a second bowl it was that good! Alongside this, Dominique recommended a beautiful red wine to us (from Carpe Diem Vineyards, Margaret River) that went perfectly with our two mains.
One of the restaurant’s favourites, the ‘Ravioli Tartufati,’ was the recommended dish I had to have and I am glad I did! Ravioli filled with Ricotta Mushroom and Truffle oil on a Porcini mushroom sauce and Truffle cream finished with Grans Padano and Parsley, there was nothing to fault! It was mouth-watering! The ‘Lussuria’ (mozzarella base) pizza with Gorgonzola, mushroom, Prosciutto and caramelised onion was the perfect second dish for our mains giving us a real contrast of the flavoursome pasta and pizza. We didn’t even make it to the other mains such as the Pork Belly and Chilli Mussels which just goes to show how vast and accommodating their menu is!
On speaking to Nathan prior to attending Woodpeckers Perth, he told me it’s like one of his managers once said, ‘Regardless of how a customer feels when they first step through the doors of Woodpeckers, our job is to make them enjoy the night and leave the restaurant happy’ and that is exactly how I left the captivating Woodpeckers feeling! The food was divine, the customer service was outstanding, as you could see from the six celebratory birthdays they had on the night and might I add all the staff got involved singing each person ‘Happy Birthday’, which is a wonderful personal touch and the atmosphere is one to be celebrated. Congratulations on restoring Woodpeckers Perth to a Restaurant all can thoroughly enjoy Nathan and Team. I will 100% be back, especially for that second bowl of garlic bread! 😉
Check out the delicious selection of dishes at their website here: https://www.thewoodpeckers.com.au/ and make sure you tag @perthhappenings if you visit.