Sitting down for alfresco dining at Rigoni's Bistro feels about as authentically Italian as you could get in Adelaide. It sits on Leigh Street, one of Adelaide's best looking streets, and whether you're inside or outside you're dining in style.
Rigoni's are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. They open at 7am, and stay open till late. Unfortunately they're closed on weekends, so make sure you can make time during the week for a visit.
It is a popular spot for business lunches and drinks, you'll see many corporate types having an informal meeting over a cup of coffee. The white linen table cloths, and bowls filled with sugar cubes make Rigoni's feel a lot smarter than your regular coffee joint. Whether you're just popping in for a coffee, or sticking around for a meal, you'll get great service.
Breakfast at Rigoni's features the regular breakfast staples - eggs, pancakes, muesli - but you'll soon find that their menu is anything but regular. Instead of a plain stack of pancakes you'll get to enjoy white chocolate & strawberry pancakes, with double cream, lavender sugar, and quandong syrup. Rather than the regular muesli you can have bircher muesli with verjuice poached pear, and saffron ricotta. Even the eggs all have something special to spice them up.
Lunch and dinner at Rigoni's follow a fairly similar menu, with a few changes from afternoon to night. Forget about turkish bread toasties for lunch, instead find a selection of salads, pasta dishes, and sizeable mains. One highlight of the menu is the 'spaghetti tutto mare', it's a large bowl of pasta and napoli sauce with blue swimmer crab, black mussels, black tiger prawns, fish, and calamari, with some chill, basil and parsley thrown in.
There is a good selection of seafood, red meat, and chicken. If you're vegetarian there aren't as many choices on the menu, but check the daily specials board to see what's on offer. You can also chat with them and see if any of the meals can be made meat-free.
Of course you couldn't end a meal without taking a look at the dessert menu, or dolce as it's known in Italian. There are desserts for the chocolate lover, the sweet tooth, and even those just wanting a light end to the meal. If you shy away from desserts you can choose a cheese plate instead.
Rigoni's has a seasonal menu, so it changes throughout the year. It's a great way to sample all of the flavours of Italy. Mains range from about $25-$40, and they're meals well worth it.
Whether you're out on a romantic date, celebrating that special anniversary, or entertaining colleagues from interstate, Rigoni's is a great place to go. Go see why they've won Adelaide's 'Best Informal Dining' award for three years in a row.