Specialising in Italian cuisine, Rigoni's Bistro was originally located at Moonta Street as Rigoni's Café, before it moved to its current location at Leigh Street in 1979. The place was very popular, with a large crowd present when we visited.
Notable for the use of rabbit, the gnocchi in their Gnocchi di Comiglio de Dragoncello was light and fluffy, with the rabbit ragu giving the dish its delectable savoury flavour. A topping of cheese added a creamy element to the dish and the herb crumb added a bit of crunch to the dish.
Gnocchi di Comiglio de Dragoncello (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we would have liked the skin of the duck breast in their Anatra cotta fuoco lento con L'aranica to be crispier, the flesh was still cooked just right with the right amount of char-grilled flavour. The earthy taste of the mashed potato and the slightly sweet confit fennel balanced out the rich taste of duck and the jus tied everything together.
Anatra cotta fuoco lento con L'aranica (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Pappardelle de Funghi is quite unusual as it included mushrooms in the pasta ribbons, which gave it a bit of an earthy flavour. The earthy taste was re-enforced by the inclusion of braised brisket and roasted chestnuts and the shavings of Pecorino cheese added a bit of sharpness to the dish.
Pappardelle de Funghi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Available as both an entrée and main sized dish, the pieces of squid in their Calamari Fritti was not chewy and set off wonderfully by the crisp, golden brown coating. A small salad of rocket provided an element of freshness to the dish. To give the squid more flavour you can squeeze the lemon wedge over it or dip the squid into the accompanying aioli.
Calamari Fritti (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for sating your hunger while awaiting for your main meals, the slice of bread in their Bruschetta con Prosciutto, cachi e melograno was toasted to the degree we desired and the slices of prosciutto had a delightful fresh flavour. The addition of pomegranate seeds gave the dish a slightly sweet flavour and some slices of fennel provided some contrast with its crispiness.
Bruschetta con Prosciutto (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from their dinner menu, Rigoni's also offers a $25 Express Lunch, which consists of an Antipasti platter with one selection of a main dish. They also have a good range of breakfast dishes and the restaurant is notable for winning the National Award for Excellence in Breakfast Dishes in 2016.