Borsa Pasta Cucina
Named after the Italian stock exchange, Borsa is a traditional Italian bistro that fills the stomachs of Adelaide’s business set. From fresh pasta airing in the kitchen to etched-crystal glassware and a vintage Faema espresso machine, the venue smacks of old-school charm, adding a touch of sophistication to the tired Black Stump precinct.
But this is no mobsters’ den. Lunch hour buzzes as manager Ernesto Sestito and his attentive team flits between tables charming the suits and skirts. The food is homely and generous with dishes such as spaghetti chitarra alla carbonara finished at the table, for added theatrics.
Banquet menus are offered for both lunch and dinner, and priced at $30 and $35 respectably, they’re incredible value. Sestito will basically bring you pasta until you’re begging him to stop.
Chefs Phillip Tropeano, Pete De Marco and Michael Quist show great pride in their bustling trattoria. In the kitchen from 9am daily, the trio bakes bread and prepares fresh pasta so it has time to rest before service kicks off at 11:30. Another house specialty is “U Porko”, a Barossa-reared Berkshire pig, delivered each Monday to be used in any number of daily specials throughout the week.
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