Crema on Jetty has been on Jetty Road near Moseley Square for many years, some have even made it a family favourite. It was evident on the night we were invited to their menu relaunch. Groups of customers who have been going there for years have become part of the family there. We were even introduced to some of them. Crema is a classic Italian cafe – friendly, welcoming, casual and comfortable. Recently they have engaged the services of Billy Petropoulos to design a new menu for them and that night we were kindly invited to a review night. Billy has quite the resumé after opening 18 restaurants abroad and cooking for celebrities and royalties. He is now back to continue his career in Adelaide with menu design, pop up restaurants, possibly a food truck and even a television show.
I was held up at work and unfortunately turned up late so we missed the entrées. We were told it was delicious and it sure looked it. I managed to snack on some olives and spiced nuts before they brought out some bread so I could mop up the Tomato Sugo that went with the Crispy Risotto Balls stuffed with mozzarella, porcini, truffle and parmesan. Too delicious! Other starters were Tuscan Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pork and Fennel Meatballs, and Sweet Potato Fries.
The first dish we had was the Port Lincoln Blue Mussels served with delicious toasted crusty bread. These fresh SA mussels were cooked in a Napoli style tomato sauce with white wine, garlic, herbs, black olives and capers. Needless to say it was a crowd pleaser with a few of us asking for more bread so we can soak up the broth.
Next up was a Baked Whole Snapper served with gremolata and salad. Baked in a wood oven, it had a certain wood fire taste to it. The gremolata went well with it. While we were still on the seafood theme dining near the beach, Pasta Marinara in a bag was brought out. It was essentially fettucine marinara with calamari, clams, prawns, fish and cherry tomatoes baked in a bag until all the flavours were well absorbed.
As soon as we found out there was a wood oven, Mr Foodie had been waiting for the pizzas. It would be a shame not to. We were treated to a Potato & Rosemary pizza which to my surprise the potatoes were well cooked. We would have liked a bit more cheese as it was a bit dry without sauce. The Seafood Pizza was enjoyable with a thin base and seafood that wasn’t overcooked.
My personal favourite was actually the Capriocciosa Pizza topped with leg ham, mushroom, artichokes, olives, fresh chillies and bocconcini. I loved the different flavours and juiciness in every bite. Just when we thought the pizzas were the finale out came a delicious Gnocchi with Beef Ragu and crispy sage. Full of rich flavours from the slow cooked beef ragu along with soft pillows of gnocchi it was a delight to eat.
We were well and truly fed Italian style by now. Full and happy. Then they feed you some more. Dessert Pizzas! First came an Apple Pie inspired dessert pizza. Turned out to be my favourite, I’m not an apple pie or crumble kind of girl. They use the same dough as their other pizzas so it’s not sweetened. I liked that because the toppings were sweet enough so it balanced out a bit. This one was topped with spiced apple, caramel sauce, crumble and a nice big scoop of vanilla gelato.
Apple Pie Dessert Pizza
Nutella and Banana was the next one. A classic pairing that everybody would love. I however wanted more nutella and a more caramelised banana. Perhaps left in the oven just that bit longer. There were also crushed nuts over the top for extra texture.
They brought out some cups of gelati as well to share, I only managed a spoonful of one of the flavours. The reinvented menu has kept things traditional while adding a few modern touches. At the end of the night we were treated to a song by the local choir group who happened to be celebrating one of their members’ birthday. From the looks of things these guys were regulars at Crema!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest of Crema on Jetty
Crema on Jetty
8-10 Jetty Road
08 8294 1431