Located along Churchill Road in Prospect, Minestra serves Italian food which is a bit different from those normally seen at Italian restaurants in Adelaide. The restaurant notably sources its fresh produce from locals in the area and as such the menu varies depending on what is in season. Complimentary olives are provided as an entree.
We visited during one of the restaurant's pasta nights. The Casarecce with Winter Greens gets its name from the pasta used in the dish. This variety of pasta has a distinctive twisted, rolled-up appearance. The pasta was cooked al dente and the winter greens had a nice to bite to them. There was also enough garlic in the dish to give it a delectable garlicky taste.
Casarecce with Winter Greens (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though their Tomato and Chilli Spaghetti included chilli, the degree of spiciness was pretty mild. The cherry tomatoes gave the dish a slightly sweet taste and the olives imparted a bit of saltiness. Their pasta dishes came with grated Parmesan cheese that can be sprinkled over to add an extra element of flavour.
Tomato and Chilli Spaghetti (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Minestra's Polpettini was available with a choice of meat, vegan or vegetarian patties. The meat patties that we chose were juicy with a good amount of char-grilled flavour. The salad of mixed greens partnered well with the meat patties, and the sourdough bread was toasted just right. The patties were at their best eaten together with the pesto sauce that was served with the dish.
Polpettini (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though the restaurant is fairly small in size the décor gave it a homey, cosy feel. Parking is not a problem as there is a carpark next to the restaurant offering convenient off-street parking.