Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante is a welcoming little Italian restaurant with rich historical influences. It is located on the popular Frome Street in the Adelaide CBD. The old brick building has a rustic appearance with genuine mahogany furnishings in heritage-style. The place is full of character and charms and you are promised a blissful warm meal. Amalfi has been trading since the early 80's.
Two years ago I was wowed by Amalfi and ever since, Italian food just didn't taste the same in Sydney. I managed to squeeze in a quick Adelaide stop-over in this trip, and I was determined to re-visit Amalfi.
It was particularly a chilly winter evening but the cold didn't really bother me as I was feeling excited for an upcoming great Italian feast. Upon entering, you can hear happy animated conversations felicitously spread the dining room, energetic staff shouting out orders, you can certainly feel the happy (not rowdy) contagious atmosphere.
The Amalfi Special Pizza ($18.50) was an instant hit. The pizza was visually pleasing as it was generously topped with prawn, anchovy, salami, ham, spinach, capsicum, mushroom olive, mozzarella cheese and napolitana sauce. It was oozing with explosive flavours. It was so delicious.
We ordered the small pizza and the serving was very generous. The staff suggested to add some of their chili olive oil to take the pizza to a smashing level. It certainly did and I absolutely loved every bite.
The first forkful of this sumptuous pasta landed me on cloud nine almost instantly. This is exactly how I liked my pasta - perfectly cooked and extremely flavoursome. I savoured every strand of pasta and every drip of the sauce.
Amalfi's in-house chili olive oil was absolutely divine. Add a few drops on the pasta and a sprinkle of the sharp Parmesan cheese, and they literally intensify the pasta ten times. It tasted so good that I wanted to sing.
The veal meatballs were nice but it was the velvety pasta that sang to me. This is one extraordinary pasta. The tomato sauce was rich and delicious. Every bite was a mouthwatering sensation. The flavours were moreish, addictive and down right heart-warming. It was as good as the pasta I had in Italy.
All dishes were cooked to order using the best and freshest produce. The serving size was generous and the meal was of high standard quality. It has received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award.
Dinner at Amalfi was such a wonderful epicurean experience and I could not stop raving about it. I even wanted to know if they do inter-state delivery, or possibly open a Sydney-franchise so I can satisfy my pizza & pasta cravings.