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Alfresco on Rundle Restaurant

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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
Freelance writer for feature articles, web content and blogs. Specializing in non-fiction articles on a range of subjects including lifestyle, travel, architecture and product reviews.
Published October 10th 2012
New makeover for Alfresco's
Alfresco's on Rundle Street has undergone a transformation. New owners have updated the once popular eatery with a brand new fitout and menu.

Front counter
Photo appears courtesy of the owner.


The place has a light, spacious, modern feel with funky lighting, timber flooring, comfortable furniture and a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The restaurant seats approx. 80 inside and 40 in the outside dining area. The menu is modern Italian fare, offering a good selection for breakfast, lunch or dinner including vegetarian options and kids meals that include a free gelato with chocolate topping.

There are plenty of choices for pizza, pasta or mains, with entrée options, starters, sides and salads to compliment. The menu has been thoughtfully considered with some popular Italian favorites, but also some interesting dishes ranging from veal, steak, chicken, seafood, rabbit, and wagyu beef. Spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass, coffee and a suitable selection of cakes and gelato are also on offer making this a good late night venue as well.

photo courtesy of owner
Dining area


I ordered the Spaghetti Marinara (the chef's signature dish) with a side of Patate Fritti. The waiting staff were relaxed and friendly, and the meal arrived promptly. The Marinara came with generous amounts of seafood which was complemented by the subtle yet flavorsome tomato, garlic and parsley base. The side plate of Patate Fritti was huge; the rosemary potatoes were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, with the aioli a perfect addition.

I washed this down with an Italian lager from the good selection of Australian and European beers on offer. The Italian hot chocolate came with a marshmallow and was rich, thick and to die for! I finished with a gelato from the wide selection and left feeling very full. At around $45 this was quite good value, and I look forward to coming back to Alfresco's to try the Chicken Involtini next time.
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When: Lunch & Dinner
Where: 260 Rundle St, SA 5000
Your Comment
Noticed that Alfresco had been done up, when walking past recently. Looks great, doesn't it?
It had gotten a bit tired looking previously..
Is it good just for coffee, cake or a snack too?????
Love the Sophia Loren.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2592 days ago
Hi Sophia,
Yes would be good for coffee, seems to be a popular late night venue, I haven't tried the cake so couldn't say. The gelato is good. How long have you been a writer on here, and how does one get up in the rankings? James
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 2591 days ago
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