Amalfi’s is an Adelaide institution. It’s been dishing up a mix of Southern Italian cuisine with a dash of Australian flair since 1981.

Owners Frank Hannon-Tan and Brenton Loughnan have been on deck since 2001, and Hannon-Tan’s relationship goes back even further, having worked for the previous owners during his uni days.

The decor suits a slurp of al dente pasta or two. It rocks the old-fashioned Italian charm of heavy furniture, green terrazzo floor and shiny stainless steel. The Frome Street frontage reflects the heart of the building with red-brick, concrete and greenery.

The menu hasn’t changed much over the last few decades. The open kitchen still plates up favourites such as Amalfi’s original Con Pollo pasta with apricot, pancetta and pepper cream sauce.

There’s also a full range of pizzas, steaks, salads and side dishes. If you remember a dish from a previous visit, you can ask for it again, like a personal secret menu.

The wine list is a balancing act between the parochial expectations of locals and those with interstate and international tastes. So you can snag a bottle from the Adelaide Hills, or a superb Italian wine by the glass or bottle.

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Updated: December 21st, 2020

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