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Published September 18th 2011
If quality Italian food is what you're after, look no further than Mamma Carmela Café Pizzeria at Glenelg. Located right up the beach end of Jetty Road, enjoy warm breezes with alfresco dining in summer, the comfort of overhead heaters in the cooler months or grab a table inside for the whole family.
The food is honest Italian cuisine with something for everyone. Always popular are their 18 pizza varieties including gourmet flavours of squid, bocconcini, prosciutto or pumpkin and a dozen pasta sauces. Risotto, seafood/chicken/ veal/steak dishes, salad, bruschetta and even a kids menu ensures no one will go hungry.
We dined on pizza.
I choose the 9-inch Gourmet Vegetarian pizza which had mozzarella, feta cheese, avocado, sun dried tomato, kalamata olives, mushroom, artichokes and eggplant. While I can't ever say I'd thought of avocado as a pizza topping, its smooth texture went down a treat. I'll admit that I ate the entire thing but was getting full after only half, a testament to how generously the toppings were spread. For this reason, my companion failed to eat her 9-inch Supreme pizza with 11 different toppings.
The restaurant was busy considering it was a Sunday night. Its order-and-pay-at-the-counter service is a little impersonal yet the staff were friendly and we didn't have to wait too long for our meals.
With the beautiful beach setting and array of cafes and restaurants along Jetty Road, a meal at the bay is always special. Mamma Carmela proves a threat to nearby eateries as it's a place that can be relied upon for delicious, comfort food. With plentiful free parking in one of the many side streets off Jetty Road, we ended our night with a walk along the pier, knowing we'd be back in the near future.