I'm an Adelaide comms professional and I love to share my dining experiences. Although I'm a vego my husband isn't so my reviews often include his meaty meals.
Published November 18th 2012
One of Adelaide's best Italian dining experiences
Chianti Classico is one of the most highly regarded and long standing restaurants in Adelaide whose consistency and ability to impress make it an institution in SA dining.
The restaurant runs like a well oiled machine, and that oil is the very best quality. Waiters are friendly, attentive and knowledgable and glide between the tables with smiles and grace. The ambiance is sophisticated without being pretentious.
Our amuse-bouche was a pâté of mushrooms with an earthy, truffle flavour for the vegetarian and a silky, rich pâté of rabbit livers for the meat eater, served on a smear of port reduction that complemented each perfectly.
Delicious crusty bread, with a fluffy inner was served with a light and fruity oil & kalamata olives, and couldn't be resisted despite the meals ahead.
My husband chose a special of Coffin Bay oysters with olive oil, red onion and vinaigrette for entree. The oysters were creamy and not overpowered by their dressings, simple and delicious. I ordered the buffalo mozarella served with roasted truss tomatoes on the vine and grilled piadini. It was a lovely marriage of milky cheese and just slightly acidic tomatoes which were perhaps a touch underripe if being picky, yet still a refreshing and moreish start.
I ordered the pappardelle minus the duck for main which came recommended from our waiter as a good vegetarian alternative. The fresh, homemade pasta was too thick unfortunately, a very uncharacteristic mistake for Chianti. The sauce comprised capsicums, spinach, pine nuts, onion, garlic and oil. The capsicums tasted of vinegar as if pickled and from a jar and just weren't to my taste. I've had similar dishes here before though and always absolutely loved them so happily forgive this rare occurrence.
My husband's spatchcock was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. The accompanying panzanella salad took us back to days in Tuscany enjoying the bread, tomato and cucumber salads so vibrant and flavourful.