Adelaide’s single-dish diner has ditched the crustacean. Spaghetti Crab has re-opened as Spaghetti Meatballs, serving – yes – spaghetti with meatballs.

Like the previous concept, there are no entrees and no sides, just a deeply comforting bowl of rustic, red-sauce pasta and a choice of three Italian wines.

Last time part owner Carmela Ventura shared her more than 50-year-old family recipe. Now it’s her husband’s turn.

“Carmela’s Spaghetti Crab is one of my favourite meals – closely followed by my own Spaghetti Meatballs,” Vic Ventura said in a press release. “We had such a great response to the Spaghetti Crab concept we thought it was only fair to roll out my signature flavour – the sauce, the perfect spaghetti and the tender meatballs will have come straight from my family's table to your plate.”

The single-dish concept seems to be sticking in Adelaide. CBD fish and chipper Smallfry Seafood is rebranding as one-dish restaurant Uncle, serving only Hainanese chicken rice.

Spaghetti Meatballs, which is run by the crew from Ruby Red Flamingo, is open a limited time in the former Beach Bum site. Beach Bum relocated to Hove earlier this year.

This article was updated on November 8, 2018.

Spaghetti Meatballs
47 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
Thu to Sat 5.30pm–late