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.
I had an amazing pizza last night with really disappointing service. I ordered takeaway for dinner, from Il Grappolo in Rozelle. It had a great rating on Urbanspoon and I was craving delicious pizza!
Alarm bells started when I called up to order, after perusing the online menu from their own website, which stated free delivery. I was told that there was a minimum purchase price of $20, after asking for the Prosciutto pizza, which WAS $20 on the website. I was charged $21 upon delivery.
I didn’t question it at the time as I don’t like to cause a fuss, but first of all the woman on the phone made it sound as though the pizza was LESS than the minimum $20 order for free delivery, and then I was asked for MORE than the purchase price on a supposedly “free delivery”.
Il Grappolo Prosciutto Pizza
It’s especially sad because the pizza was so yummy! I’m not a fan of misleading websites and businesses that are happy to lure people in with false promises. If you’re not happy with a minimum $20 order for free delivery (to a location which is 850 metres away!) then say so, amend your policies to a minimum order you are happy with, or tell the customer on the phone the true price and don’t advertise free delivery.