Named after the famous Italian director Federico Fellini, Café Fellini at North Adelaide prides itself on serving Mediterranean cuisine but is perhaps better known for preparing pizzas in a traditional wood oven. They offer a wide range of toppings which can be done in the style of a half and half pizza to let you try multiple flavours without having to order too many pizzas. During our visit, we chose to have Salsicce with Frutti Di Mare for one pizza and another consisting of Yiasou Yiros with Fellini.
The base of Café Fellini's pizzas is more flavoursome than those of the pizzas we order from take-away outlets, with a more pronounced 'char-grilled' flavour from being cooked in a wood oven.
Salsicce is a wood oven pizza topped with Napolitana sauce, mozzarella cheese, home-made hot Italian sausage, roast capsicum, onions and jalapeno peppers. The smoky and slightly spicy flavour of the Italian sausage was essential to the flavour of the Salsicce pizza, made more potent by the jalapeno peppers. The Frutti Di Mare half of the pizza was topped with Napolitana sauce, mozzarella cheese, local Australian prawns, calamari, blue swimmer crab meat, scallops and spring onions. We felt it could have used some salted anchovies to make it more delectable, but the seafood was cooked just right.
The marinated lamb in the Yiasou Yiros pizza gave it a lovely rich taste, complemented nicely by the garlic sauce. The other toppings of roasted chicken, Spanish onion, cherry tomatoes and tabouli helped to round out its flavour. Tabouli is a Levantine salad made with tomatoes, parsley, mint, bulgur and onion. Fellini is a vegetarian pizza with wood oven roasted pumpkin, roasted capsicum and Kalamata olives. Although it is normally made with a type of cheese known as bocconcini, we were able to have it replaced with mushrooms because my dad is not a fan of cheese. This did not affect the flavour of the pizza however, with a wonderful texture coming from the various vegetables.
For dessert, you can order from a selection of dessert pizzas, consisting of your choice of Maltesers, Kinder, Raffaello, Mars bar, Nutella, Cherry Ripe or 'Death by Chocolate' as the topping, accompanied with gelato and Jamaican chocolate shards. The Maltesers topping we chose added an element of crunch to the pizza, with the gelato, chocolate shards and chocolate sauce making it more moreish.
In addition to pizza, Fellini also serves a wide range of other dishes from Mediterranean cuisine such as pasta and risotto. The ambience of the restaurant was quite good despite the tables being a bit close to each other, though parking space around the restaurant is a bit limited.