After coming back from Italy I have been craving good Italian food more. I started becoming more picky with my pasta, Mr Foodie his pizza. Before we went to Italy, Antica Pizzeria on King William Road has always been a favourite of ours. How we imagined it would be like in Italy. Turns out we imagined pretty right so when we got back and had a craving we decided to try the newer sister store on Morphett Street in the city.
The fit out is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful with Romanesque walls, brick paving and a very clean elegant modern look. Black and white, the classics. Like the parent restaurant on KWR the kitchen is open. You can watch the chefs at work making pizzas, pasta hanging to dry. Right at the back you will see the beautiful wood oven in white.
We sat by the window where evening light poured in. The ambiance was really quite nice in there. Our post holiday blues were justification for getting cocktails. Mojitos. Also justification for snacking on something cheesy but I will get to that later. The menu here is more extensive than KWR, especially the antipasti and pasta menu. I’ve always been a pasta girl.
We started off with some Polenta Chips seasoned with Italian herbs. They were crunchy on the outside with a delicious well seasoned soft smooth texture inside. Dipping sauces were napoletana and cream of grana. Guess which was my favourite? Yep, cheesy cream. After much contemplation we ditched healthier options like octopus carpacio or tuna for a sinful Provolone Arrosto. Oven baked provolone. Enough said. It was topped with some bread crumbs, roasted peppers and served with grilled ciabatta bread from the wood oven. Insanely good.
Browsing through the appetizer menu, it has a good selection of crowd pleasers. You don’t hear complaints on things like buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto, salami and cheese, fried crumbed mozzarella, arancini, fried calamari and meatballs. We were so close to ordering Pizza Fritta, fried pillows of dough topped with napoletana sauce, grana and basil!
The pizza here is how we like it. Well proofed dough, thin base, wood fired for that extra flavour and crispiness. The toppings are of good quality and not too heavy. There’s no dripping oil or sogginess. It’s beautiful, light and delicious. Very delicious. See, it’s not that I don’t like pizza, I just don’t like the bread bloat. I still stand by them being the best pizzas in Adelaide alongside 360 Gradi. We had the Diavola pizza with tomato, fior di latte, leg ham, salami piccante, olives and chilli. Typical us asked for extra chilli flakes on the side.
I did say I was a pasta girl and when the restaurant makes fresh pasta, it’s a no brainer for me. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, lovely texture and flavour. It was cooked in a mix of forest mushrooms, Italian herbs and black truffle. Simple and so delicious. Quite frankly I wouldn’t have ordered something like this in my past but I tried a Lemon Ravioli with Porcini in Florence and it blew me away. This pasta was enough to satisfy my cravings. That lemon ravioli though…..hmmm, I might put in a request to Antica.
We had no room for dessert but their dessert pizzas are pretty delicious based on previous experiences. It’s very hard to resist a Nutella pizza or Nutella calzone but my favour lies with their tiramisu. By the way, if you’ve seen all these pictures on Instagram about 1 metre pizzas and 1 metre dessert calzones, these guys are the ones who make it.
226 Morphett Street
08 8212 3337