Originally called Pellegrini Cafe Pizzeria, Pellegrini Cafe Ristorante at North Adelaide has seen a slight expansion of the restaurant, expanding their menu to provide a wider range of Italian cuisine. It can be a bit difficult to find parking space, so it is recommended to arrive early if you plan on visiting around the peak hour of the movie theatre next door.
The dishes we ordered during our visit were the Bacon Bruschetta, Arabiata, Gourmet Pellegrini pizza and Pollo Marimonte. Pollo Marimonte is a unique take on surf and turf, a dish which combines seafood with meat, with beef being the usual choice. It had two pieces of chicken breast that was grilled to perfection with tiger prawns that was cooked just right. The dish was accompanied by sautéed vegetables, mushrooms and roasted garlic potatoes that were vibrant and cooked perfectly and the rose sauce helped to bring out the flavour of the dish.
The Bacon Bruschetta had two slices of crispy bread that had a hint of garlic flavouring that was not too overpowering. It was topped with a refreshing mix of tomatoes and basil, rocket leaves and grilled bacon that contrasted nicely with the tomatoes. The Caesar dressing that was drizzled over the dish helped to round out the flavour of the bruschetta.
Pellegrini also offers a good range of pasta dishes that can be made with spaghetti, penne, fettuccini or ravioli. Penne are pasta that resembles quills and ravioli are squares of pasta which contain a meat filling. The ravioli we picked were tender and the meat filling complemented the pasta dough perfectly and its flavour was brought out by the bacon, onions and roasted capsicum in the Arabiata sauce we picked.
The Gourmet Pellegrini pizza had pieces of marinated lamb back strap that gave it a distinct flavour and the mushrooms, spinach and beetroot complemented it nicely. It was topped with tzatziki, a Greek sauce made from yogurt, which rounded the flavour of the pizza.
Do not worry about parking your car. Just take the City Connector which runs till after 7pm, or the regular G10 for Prospect Road, or the 222 and variants which go off to Main North Road.
Heck, North Adelaide is well served by buses and they do not have breathalysers.