A five-minute drive from the city, in the retail precinct of Glen Osmond Road. PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA
A hard day’s shopping at the fashionable factory outlets of Glenunga is a good excuse to refuel at Cafe Sabatini. Or visa versa, after some carb-alicious pizza or pasta, you may want to exercise both yourself and your credit card along the Glen Osmond Road retail run. Unassuming from the outside, inside you will see those in the know – neighbourhood locals and CBD suits - who appreciate reliable, rib-sticking dishes. These are served in a simple, polished space without a Chianti bottle or basket in sight. Windows peek out onto the bustling road while a fab courtyard provides a warmer weather dining option. On Friday and Saturday evenings anyone dining inside is crooned by a live, multilingual guitarist who weaves novel French, Spanish and Italian tunes as your eyes dance over the menu.
Starters serve better as side dishes, with several styles of bruschetta, schiacciatta and garlic bread not lending themselves as inspirational entrees to the mains. The antipasto however gets the tastebuds twitching with its mix of cured meats, provolone cheese, crumbed bocconcini and marinated vegetables. Rib-sticking mains are the order of the day, presented with love and enthusiasm by owner chefs Alf and Janet. Old-schoolers such as parmigiana, garlic prawns and “surf and turf” make an appearance on the menu, but veal is indisputably the star of the show. Saltimbocca brings the medallions pan fried with a sage and cream sauce, topped with prosciutto. And Janet jokes she has considered re-naming the eatery “Cafe Scallopini” in honour of a popular dish in which veal is coated in a creamy mushroom sauce. Standout sauces in the pasta arena are those flavoured by the sea. South Australian shellfish is used in the marinara sauce, while crab is gainfully employed with garlic, parsley and fresh-diced tomato in the “granchi” topping. Desserts imported from Italy suggest something different. Ask the lovely Janet for more details…