rigoni’s bistro …

In traffic-free Leigh Street you’ll will find Rigoni’s Bistro – one of Adelaide’s iconic Italian restaurants. Rigoni’s opened its doors in 1979 and has been the go to place for lunch and dinner – be it business or otherwise.

Tempting Palates headed to Rigoni’s for dinner. I was really looking forward to this dining experience – I had heard so many wonderful things about this place. [Being Italian I don’t often go to Italian restaurants – why would I when I can get good authentic Italian food at home! :)]

Inside Rigoni’s you’ll find a bar in the centre of the restaurant and white linen draped tables – it exudes an air of sophistication.

For entrees, the group decided to go with the pane (bread).

Bruschetta di zucca – roasted pumpkin, feta, pine nuts & rocket pesto:

Bruschetta di pera – caramelised pear, gorgonzola aioli, trevisio & toasted walnuts:

Four of the group shared a Bruschetta trio – bruschetta di zuca, bruschetta di pera and bruschetta di pomodoro (fresh roma tomato, red onion, basil & extra virgin olive oil):

The group enjoyed the bruschettas – all very tasty and both the pumpkin and pear bruschettas were nice alternatives to the traditional tomato bruschetta.

I had the oven baked ciabatta with green olive gremolata & Lloyd Brothers olive oil:

The gremolata was fresh, light and tasty.

It was a nice starter to the meal.

The mains:

Petto di pollo arrosto – pot roasted Barossa Valley chicken breast with sweetcorn relish, gruyere, pickled red cabbage. soft polenta & jus:

Tagliatelle di barbabietole – beetroot tagliatelle with braised goat, roasted beetroot, Woodside goats cheese, smoked almonds & marjoram:

Pancetta di maiale – crisp skinned pork belly with mixed beans, crab filled zucchini flowers & vanilla butter:

Gnocchi di zafferano – potato & saffron gnocchi, spanner crab, baby capers, chilli, snow peas, watercress & squid ink:

I chose the Rotolo di salmone – salmon rolled with Spencer Gulf prawns & spanner crab on farro tabouleh with cauliflower puree & basil oil:

This dish was just exquisite. The rolled salmon was cooked well. The tasty flavours were complimented by the textures of the tabouleh and puree.

From the start the service was exceptional. The staff were friendly, attentive and professional. It was a good night out. Casual and comfortable. Relaxed atmosphere. Good food and great service. Bravo!

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