Italian food. These two words can be used to describe the menus of countless Adelaide eateries. Adelaide is far (very far, in fact) from having a shortage of restaurants that offer Italian cuisine, whether it is from the snowy mountain tops, or the glistening beaches with pristine sand and crystal clear water.
Enter Cinqueterre, offering not only Italian food, but specialising in cuisine that comes from the 'cinqueterre' region. A little background on this area, it includes a famous walking trail dotted with five towns that has become a popular tourist attraction, for the amazing scenery and foods. Getting back to the restaurant, it is located on Flinders Street in Adelaide's east end.
Featuring a sophisticated and sleek decor, it is easy to imagine yourself sitting in a cafe in the middle of Italy itself. Personally, my favourite part is the bar, where you can sit and enjoy a coffee if you're on the go but still have five minutes to spare. However, I was fortunate enough to have more than five minutes when making my first visit, giving me time to have dinner (followed by a coffee, of course).
I opted to try the Diavolina pizza, which features Italian sausage, salami, red onion capsicum and chilli. The chilli gives it a kick, without detracting from the tastes of all the other ingredients. With a thin and crisp base and flavoursome sauce, I can highly recommend this dish. My fellow diners decided to try the margherita pizza and rotolo di mozzarella (mozzarella cheese wrap) platter.
By all reports both were enjoyable, with the margherita balancing the delicate flavours as should be done with this deceptively-difficult-to-get-right pizza. The rotolo was served with salad on the side, breaking up the (delicious - I tried some) cheese wraps.
Sweet Treats from Cinqueterre Eatalian Cafe & Pizzeria
Despite being very satisfied with our meals, the dessert cabinet proved too tempting to pass up, and my fellow diners and I indulged in some mini cream puff style treats. Vanilla, chocolate and lemon flavoured, these were light, delicate and delicious. These were paired with coffees, a traditional latte, short black and Morroccan style coffee and chocolate mix. I ordered the latter, which was simply fantastic. With strong and distinguishable coffee flavours, the sweet chocolate touches gave it that little something extra that you do not often get with a hot drink.
All in all - my verdict is to pay a visit to Cinqueterre - you might just love it!