CHIANTI CLASSICO
Adelaide, SA

An elegant mix of rustic and refined in both menu and décor, Italian restaurant Chianti Classico is one of Adelaide's favourite dining options, having been serving its specialty dishes since 1985. Whether you are starting your day with the breakfast once voted Australia's best, power-lunching, or canoodling over dinner, your experience will be delivered with a relaxed style. Expect be-suited waiters, white linen tablecloths and proper Italian food.
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Address:

160 Hutt Street
Suburb:
Adelaide CBD
Contact:
Tel: +61 8 8232 7955
Cuisine:
Italian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
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Chianti's appeal lies in its seamless combination of sophistication and approachability, marrying traditional with contemporary across styling, food and hospitality. Inside its two-storey heritage Hutt Street home, floorboards, stacked-stone walls, and soul-filling Italian opera charm. A double-sided fireplace divides the room (and opinions) with its trendy metho-flame and polished steel. Some may prefer to be seen dining alfresco on the verandah, but regardless of where you are, a sense of occasion sits with you.
It is easy to feel Italy is not too far away when roaming the menu. Seasonally reviewed, it is flavoured with regional fare from Tuscany, Venice and Piemonte. Would you like a "hot bath" to start with – of olive oil, garlic and anchovies? Raw seasonal vegetables will accompany it for dipping – a true Pietmontese dish. Meat starters offer slivers of Black Angus beef, Parma prosciutto, sopressa salame and pancetta. Seafood brings salted ling, spanner crab, tiger prawns and whitebait, or scallops in their shell baked with porcini mushrooms, butter, parsley, garlic and "poor man's parmesan".
Pasta choices make deciding between house made gnocchi with toasted walnuts and radicchio in a gorgonzola sauce, and a Venetian risotto of squid ink, calamari, lemon, chilli and parsley – difficult. Many find it hard to stray from the menu's stalwart rabbit dish, slow-cooked with the classic, beautiful gathering of onion, sage, and rosemary. Desserts procure predictables of panna cotta, zabaglione, gelato, semifreddo and affogato, so a tart of pine nuts and Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey served with roast peaches and sorbet – is of fresh appeal.
Chianti Classico is also known for its wine list – long wine list – documenting a journey throughout Italy's wine regions with a safe return to Australia's beauties. It holds much opportunity for you to make that sense of occasion you feel here, a whole lot more special.
Roz Taylor
Award Winning / Hatted
Breakfast
Historic Building
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Awards
Restaurants & Catering - Awards for Excellence - 2014
Best Formal Italian - SA
160 Hutt Street
Adelaide CBD SA 5000
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