Gusto 101

Saturday, 07 February 2015 by

Gusto 101 is the latest Italian eatery to open its doors in and around King West, located on Portland just south of Adelaide. As the name implies, the restaurant gets back to basics with simple country dishes that highlight their quality ingredients.

It’s almost hard to believe that this space was recently a mechanic’s garage because the redesign is so good. Even with vaulted ceilings, an open concept kitchen and a packed house, the acoustics were not an issue, as our party was easily able to catch up without yelling over one another. The lighting fosters a sense of intimacy with pools of light partitioning tables from one another. Perfect for dates and parties of four, it’s best to come early if you don’t want to wait.

Pizzeria Libretto

Monday, 29 December 2014 by

Pizzeria Libretto could possibly be the best pizza in the city and all it takes is a quick chat with proud business partners Max Rimaldi and Rocco Agostino to understand why, they’re both insanely passionate about what they’re doing.

Their look fantastic with a distinctive leopard-spot char and blistered at the edges from the wood fire. And they certainly don’t disappoint on the flavour front. The prosciutto pizza comes layered with salty, paper thin strips of pink parma ham, mild, gooey mozzarella that counterpoints the smoky char of plump tomatoes, and crowned with a bright green tangle of fresh basil.

Buca

Monday, 29 December 2014 by

Buca has been something of a buzzword lately thanks to Jamie Oliver’s tweet about his experience at the restaurant, lauding Executive Chef Rob Gentile as a “humble genius” who made his “favorite meal of the year.” Since that tweet, several people have been looking forward to visiting the inconspicuous King West spot to sample their now famous fare.

Their wine list, crafted by sommelier Giuseppe Marchesini, is impressive. It boasts nearly 50 wines by the glass and many, many more by the bottle. The wines are virtually all Italian. They have Formaggi which is a selection of three local and imported cheeses and house breads.

Enoteca Sociale

Monday, 29 December 2014 by

The culture in Rome is built on living in the moment, laughter, love, exploration, art, music and most of all eating and drinking with your closest friends and family. Life in Rome is full of passion, and that is what they are. Passionate about life and the ingredients that they choose to make simple, tasty, honest Roman cuisine that you can share with your friends and family.

This energy for life, and passion for food and family, guides Enoteca Sociale to choose and work with the best ingredients for their dishes and carefully curate their wine list to match. Inspiration starts with the simple, fresh and humble ingredients, and then they transform these ingredients by building layers and textures to tantalize your taste buds. They describe their food as their opera, their magnum opus and great work.

Campagnolo

Monday, 29 December 2014 by

Chef Craig Harding and his wife, designer Alexandra Hutchison, opened their first restaurant together, Campagnolo in 2010. The couple’s warm and unwavering hospitality, rustic yet refined menu, and charming European-inspired interior garnered much critical acclaim and landed Campagnolo on numerous “Best of…” lists.

Campagnolo on Dundas West specializes in what it describes as good, honest home cooked food. The casual restaurant is currently serving dinner only. At the helm is Chef Greg Harding and his team has done an amazing job transforming the space from what used to be a decrepit Coffee Time.

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