Amalfi’s is well-known in Adelaide. I don’t usually go out for Italian, as it’s just as good and much cheaper made at home.
Featuring: Spinach, pancetta, cacciatore salami, black olives, chilli, fresh tomato & cheese. The base was thick but perfectly cooked, and the toppings were tasty – although I couldn’t taste the chilli. I’m a big pancetta fan but I felt that it’s flavour didn’t come through either.
The ragu wasn’t offensive, but I don’t think it was overly rich, either. But I’m comparing it to mum’s cooking, so maybe I should stop – or maybe I should eat more ragu at Italian restaurants!
The tiramisu lacked coffee flavour and didn’t use sponge fingers. It was light, tasty and well made though.
Overall, Amalfi’s is a good restaurant with well made pizza and a range of pasta dishes that will keep everyone happy – as long as they like pizza. It’s not overly expensive but it’s not my usual cheap dining option either! Check it out if you like Italian, although there’s plenty of places to choose down East End.
I had an entertainment book voucher for buy one main/get one free for Marina Lunga on Darling Street. I tried a pasta dish (salmon, asparagus and penne pasta in a cream sauce), and a pizza (something with plenty of toppings).
Marina Lunga Penne Salmone
The pasta was pretty lacklustre, keeping in line with the establishment itself – quiet and boring. Flecks of salmon with a spear’s worth of asparagus. The serving of pasta was generous, although it got a bit much in the end as the sauce was bland.
Marina Lunga Pizza
The pizza base was nice, and it had plenty of toppings. Nothing to complain about here!
My dining partner was super sad that the lemon, lime and bitters was the bottled variety and not house made.
I tend not to order pasta when I’m out as it’s pretty simple to make at home and usually tastes better. To make a simple white sauce, all you need is a little butter melted, mix in some plain flour and let it cook until it’s golden, then slowly add milk until its slightly more liquid than you need. Cook for a while and add cheese of your choice. Done. To make an even simpler alfredo, just retain some of the cooking water in your pasta and stir through any cheese and a crank of pepper over low heat. Done.
Dessert Pizza from Cafe Brunelli
I’m a fan of pizza. I don’t care if it’s cheap and nasty or expensive and gourmet. But my mum still makes my favourite pizza. I still remember the dessert pizzas she made, with peaches fresh from the tree. These days it’s fairly common to see dessert pizzas on a menu.
This remarkable pizza is from Cafe Brunelli’s, on Rundle Street. I always get it. It’s not easy to get through, with gelato, cherry ripe chunks, custard and chocolate decorations that I would rather were left off. I can’t eat it all and usually only have one or two pieces left. There are also fresh strawberries which help cut through the cloying sweetness – I think they need more of those strawberries.
Other dishes include pasta and savoury pizzas. I wasn’t a fan of my friend’s Hawaiian pizza on a gluten free base. Not a good base, not an exciting pizza, and very small for the $20 she paid for it.
I recommend this dish and this restaurant. It’s a nice, cheerful place to relax and eat a casual meal with friends. Unless you’re gluten intolerant.