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Published December 28th 2016
Come hungry, leave happy - tried and tested
The Parade in Norwood has often been seen as a little version of the Adelaide CBD. Taking a stroll down through the busy precinct will bring your attention to the many different businesses and services that call this little but versatile strip their home.
While the main street is packed with shop after cafe after restaurant after bar, it is easy to forget about the little gems that reside in the little streets branching off The Parade. One such place is the Italian restaurant Nonna And I, which is situated adjacent to cafe Argo. Specialising in fine dining, the restaurant offers South Australian wines to accompany the delicious and freshly made dishes that have a traditional touch to it.
What makes this restaurant stand out from the rest is the infectious laugh and passion of the chef who creates some seriously tasting looking Italian meals for their customers. Chef Khalil Rashwan; originally from Egypt; has helped built a solid foundation in his culinary knowledge and skills through influences from his family cooking and recipes, as well as studies and achievements in the US and Switzerland, by obtaining a Culinary Diploma and an Honours Degree in European Culinary Arts respectively, in addition to owning 2 restaurants in Pennsylvania.
With a wealth of experience in the field, it is no surprise that Nonna And I has built a decent reputation as being one of the favourite Italian restaurants in the Eastern suburbs. The space may be small, but it caters to a diverse amount of customers and helps in providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere during their lunch and dinner services. Dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options are well-accommodated for, as chef Khalil stands strong by his motto: "come hungry, leave happy".
The menu is extensive and offers a range of options. Each dish incorporates the use of very few (but complementary) ingredients that bring out the fresh, juicy flavours in a manner that is bound to leave you in a satisfying food coma.
What about a share platter for an appetiser? Easy - grab a plate of fresh mozzarella, tomato, marinated olives, and roasted capsicum and you have yourself a colourful plate of fresh vegetables, juicy olives, and cheese that are drizzled in olive oil.
How about a main course from the seafood range? Have a go at trying the Flounder (Flathead) Francese, which is dipped in egg, and sautéed in lemon butter wine sauce. The fish has an eggy taste, but is not overpowering. The sauce provides us with a form of excitement to our tastebuds. Simply divine!
Or want something more exquisite? Choose the Prawn alla Nonna, which is served with prawns and shallots in a pink brandy sauce over capellini. The sauce brings out the succulent flavours from the seafood meats and has a subtle tangy taste to it.
Nonna And I also have a business that is literally being run on the side - Pizza Art And I, which is a small pizza joint that is run separate to Nonna And I, but still operates under the same chef. There are options of classic and gourmet pizzas that are available for purchase and having tried a couple of their pizzas, it is safe to say that the dough (which is made from scratch) is super fluffy and light in texture, which makes the meal enjoyable and doesn't end up leaving you bloated.
When you choose to dine at Nonna And I or decide to take away the scrumptious, freshly made goodies from here back home, you are guaranteed to an authentic Italian meal which not only delivers in presentation, but also in taste. Make sure you book online, especially if you decide to go as a big group, and you can be assured that you'll be in good hands as chef Khalil cooks up a storm in his tiny kitchen, where all the magic happens!