09 Mar Carmine and Co
After years of anticipation, Port Adelaide is finally on its way to establishing itself as a hub for culture, cuisine and community. Driven by Renewal SA, Port Adelaide has been given a new lease on life. The once decrepit vacant buildings that lined the streets of this historic part of Adelaide, are now buzzing with a flurry of people and they are flocking in droves to Carmine and Co.
Carmine and Co is not your average Italian Restaurant. This family friendly establishment brings beautiful flavours from Southern Italy with homemade sauces and traditional dishes all inspired by the generations before.
In a previous life this site was a bank, now a rustic restaurant with a striking two-story carving of Italy etched into the wall. Stripped back to basics, exposed brick captures a mixture of old and new, modern and tradition.
Arancini. Large rice ball filled with bolognese sauce, peas, mozzarella and pecorino cheese served with a rocket and Parmesan salad. The arancini had a crunchy and crisp outer coating, when cut open the cheese and sauce were oozing.
Cozze alla siciliana. Braised mussels with tomato, chilli, parsley, basil, garlic and olives. The mussels were plump and juicy with a soft and creamy texture. The tomato sauce was rich and full bodied.
Linguine alle vongole. Pan fried garlic vongole with a red chilli, Pinot Grigio, extra virgin olive oil and parsley sauce. The vongole had a light sea flavour with a slight chewy texture. The simple and minimal ingredients in this pasta dish really let the vongole shine.
The low hum of patrons from this busy restaurant, as well as the friendly staff ensure a homely and welcoming dining experience. Ample indoor and outdoor space, makes this venue great for groups of any size.