Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante
29 Frome Street, Adelaide SA
08 8223 1948
You know you’re in a dining institution when you’re eating alongside regulars who have been returning to order their favourite meal for more than 35 years. Amalfi opened its doors in 1981 and has been trading with gusto ever since.
Owners, Frank Hannon-Tan and Brenton Loughnan, took over the Amalfi dream from the original owners 14 years ago. Frank has worked in the industry for more than 24 years; he loves the vibrancy of hospitality and the nature of excellent service and good quality food.
Head Chef, Brenton, comes to Amalfi with years of experience cooking both in Adelaide and internationally, including the role of Head Chef at Jolley’s Boathouse. Everything here is cooked a la carte – Brenton is all about consistency and the quality of his ingredients.
The open kitchen provides an honest and transparent experience – you can see the quality and simplicity of the fresh ingredients from your table. Brenton continues the cucina povera – poor kitchen – philosophy that has been the foundation of Amalfi from the very beginning. That is, the ingredients are seasonal and fresh, vegetables are celebrated and plentiful, and the servings are generous and homely. Everything here is made from scratch and wherever possible, all raw ingredients come from South Australia.
The regulars here know precisely what they want, and more often than not, it’s the spinaci pizza with spinach, olives, chilli, pancetta and cacciatore salami on a thick crust base – it’s an absolute classic. The con pollo pasta is another favourite – it’s deliciously creamy, with chicken, apricot, chives and green peppercorns. Or you might opt for the scaloppine – soft, tender veal, crumbed to order with made-from-scratch breadcrumbs and simply pan-fried in butter and olive oil.
The desserts are simple, homemade and delicious. Try the housemade tiramisu or the affogato for a true Italian experience.
The wine list features predominantly South Australian wines but there is a focus on Italian varietals grown in the area, as well as a small selection of wines imported from Italy. Of course you could always go for the Aperol spritzer to keep in the lively Italian spirit.
Frank and Brenton have seen generations of families grow up here. Kids who came in for dinner with their parents soon come in with their uni mates, and before long, with their own kids.
You’re just as likely to be seated next to the barman from the local pub as a wealthy bloke with his chauffeur waiting out the front, because everyone’s here for the same thing: the fresh, local ingredients, the classic Italian dishes, the honest and earthy flavours and the bustling, friendly atmosphere.