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Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante @ Adelaide

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Published August 11th 2014
Authentic Hearty Warm Italian Meal
I adore Italian food, but finding a good Italian restaurant that I really like is quite hard.

Whilst I enjoyed Sydney's innovative contemporary fine Italian dining, most were one-off dining experiences, and I rarely do a repeat visit.

I was searching for that homely, hearty authentic Italian dishes that you would repeatedly want to have and could feel nonna's love at the same time.

I looked hard and far and finally I have found it, and it is located in Adelaide.

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 standard menu remained the same just like 2 years ago, but the weekly special was on the blackboard. After some deliberation and elimination, we've made our selections.

The BEST pizza!

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.

This you got to try.

The Marinara Spaghetti ($26.50) with Shellfish, crab, fish, prawns & squid cooked in a tomato and fish stock base sauce arrived soon after.

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 Classic 'Lady & the Tramp' Meatball Spaghetti

We also ordered the special: Spaghetti Con Polpette ($24).

This entree-sized plate of spaghetti in a rich tomato sauce topped with pork & veal meatballs was my favourite dish of the day.

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.

It was truly a hearty and delectable meal. We left Amalfi with big smiles and I vowed to come back when I next visit Adelaide.
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Why? For The Best Italian Pizza & Pasta Experience
When: 12pm - late
Phone: (08) 8223 1948
Where: 29 Frome St | East End, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Cost: $25 pizza or pasta
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