Located along O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, Ciciliano's serves a wide range of Italian cuisine in addition to the usual pasta and pizza. During our visit there, we ordered the Marinara with Gnocchi, Twister Pizza, Chicken Schnitzel and Bacon Bruschetta.
Their was of a very generous size that can easily be shared with a companion. The crispy coating of the schnitzel contrasted wonderfully with the perfectly cooked meat. The salad was refreshing and the chips were cooked just right but the pepper sauce we chose to accompany it unfortunately lacked the peppery hit that we desired. Other choices for the sauce are Dianne sauce, mushroom sauce and gravy with the option of having a veal schnitzel instead of chicken.
From their various pasta dishes, we chose to have the Marinara sauce made with gnocchi. Gnocchi are Italian dumplings that can be made from semolina, wheat flour, breadcrumbs or potatoes, with the last ingredient being a relatively recent innovation. The gnocchi were cooked al dente with a lovely light texture and the Marinara sauce brought out their flavour. If you prefer, their pasta dishes can also be made with spaghetti, fettucini, penne or ravioli.
The Twister pizza is one of the more unique pizzas that can be eaten at Ciciliano's, consisting of onion, fresh tomato and marinated chicken topped with twisty fries, BBQ sauce and garlic sauce. The fries made the pizza a bit difficult to eat, but the crispiness of the fries was a delightful contrast to the other ingredients. It also made the pizza surprisingly filling, making it a good choice for a person with a big appetite.
The Bacon Bruschetta had a crispy slice of toasted wood oven bread topped with a refreshing mix of tomato, rocket and a basil mix. It also had just the right amount of bacon to give it that nice salty hit without overwhelming the other ingredients with the Caesar dressing tying everything together.