Il Mulino is a brand new rosticceria (Italian for casual restaurant), pizzeria and bakery bringing authentic Roman street food and pizza to Adelaide's inner north eastern suburbs. It's the first Adelaide bricks and mortar outlet for Italian born and trained chef Marco De Angelis. He's teamed up with Danilo Lio to bring their formerly dark kitchen (only doing delivery) into the light on the corner of Mullers Rd and Poole Avenue in Hampstead Gardens. The front of house is a small and bright space. It's very simply furnished, which is fine, because you're going to want to concentrate on the food.
Entree and anti-pasto platter - Il Mulino Hampstead Gardens
We wanted to try a couple of the dishes that have quickly generated Il Mulino a kind of cult following and were accommodatingly recommended an off-menu platter. A solid but impossibly air-filled focaccia with hardly any oiliness and dusted with salt and rosemary dominated the amazing platter we were served. Crunchy, fluffy panzerotti, seductive suppli, bouncy buffalo mozzarella, delicious black olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, magnificent marinated artichoke, perfectly tasty prosciutto, ham, and salami, all graced an impressive platter which held enough food for two adults and two kids. It was an impressive and generous serve of fresh, handmade food, served with a one-litre bottle of sparkling water for only $65.
What are these 'panzerotti' and 'suppli' I speak of? Panzerotti resembles calzone, but they are lightly fried to give them a light, crispy texture and the melting ingredients inside are deliciously soft and tasty. Suppli are a Roman street food version of the arancini ball but they have a different shape and their centre is filled with melting cheese rather than meat. Both panzerotti and suppli are available in different flavours and they are a taste and texture experience not often seen in Adelaide.
Il Mulino also serves amazing pizza alla pala (on wooden paddles) in half-meter and one-meter sizes. Pizza alla pala isn't the usual cheese-coated and sauce-drenched pizza that we've been used to. Crunchy bases, fresh and colourful toppings, and flavour combinations like 'Ciao Germany' with wurstel and French fries make their pizzas an interesting new experience in Adelaide.
Everything here is of such quality and is so unique that I'm definitely going back to try their pasta, salads, french fries, and I'd love to see what they'd do with the good old schnitzel. Desserts and pastries include tarts, tiramisu, pannacotta, doughnuts and danishes amongst an ever-changing selection of treats.
To best enjoy what Il Mulino has to offer, visit them (they do takeaway and Uber Eats as well!) on Fridays or Saturdays. Friday is the day when they serve up traditional slow roasted porchetta. Porchetta is an authentic Italian rolled pork roast and is served on fresh panini rolls. The meat is peppery, rich, and juicy, the roll is perfectly soft and rocket adds a bit of greenery and bitey flavour. Contrary to the picture our rolls didn't have any pork crackle. That doesn't matter though as there's enough fatty goodness in the rolls already.
They deliver the goods again on Saturday mornings with their display of bread, slices, tartines, danishes, bomboloni, cream-filled maritozzo, savoury rolls and croissants. The coffee is excellent and you can be assured of an authentic Italian coffee to go with the Roman treats.
All food at Il Mulino is preservative and chemical free. It's fresh, handmade, and expertly presented. Suppli will set you back about $4.50 each, panzerotti are perfectly priced at $7.50, pizzas are $20 to $35, a serve of lasagne is $12 and the porchetta roll is also $12. Don't forget you can always grab fresh sourdough loaves and rolls from around $5 and up. Excellent coffee is a key ingredient of Il Mulino's success and there's a range of waters, juices and soft drinks available. I reckon the food deserves to be paired with wine but at this stage, there's no alcohol or BYO.
Go and try Il Mulino! You'll wonder why you haven't heard of such beautiful food as the panzerotti and suppli before!