MARTINI RISTORANTE
Adelaide, South Australia

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At Norwood's Martini Ristorante, there are customers who have never even been offered a menu - but only because they don't want to see it. Regular diners trust Larry Piscioneri's cooking so much they choose to do away with the menu and simply ask the man to cook for them. For those who do want to peruse what's on offer, there's traditional Italian dishes, including wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta and mains handled with a special touch.
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General info

Address:

59A The Parade
Norwood SA 5076

Suburb:

Norwood

Contact:

Cuisine:

Italian, Pizzas

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Licensed & BYO (wine only)

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Chef and owner, Larry Piscioneri has a loyal following. Some remember him from his time in the kitchens of other Italian restaurants, but most have come to know him – or rather, his cooking – at Martini Ristorante. Regular diners trust his cooking intuition so much they do not even bother with the menu and ask simply for Larry to cook for them. Here's why. Antipasto plates are done in spectacular fashion; there are three versions available in accordance with taste and budget. The deluxe allows diners to spend the entire evening grazing through a procession of deli treats, including potato and salt cod croquettes and spicy whitebait served with tuna mayonnaise. Larry has embraced the classic combination of quail and grapes with his quaglia al griglia. The bird is marinated in grappa, honey and chilli; then chargrilled and served on warm radicchio leaves.

The signature pasta dish is pappardelle con anitra – flat pasta ribbons tossed through slow-cooked duck and mushroom ragout. Mop up the juices with a mushroom bruschetta. The house-made spinach gnocchi is done just right so that the lightweight potato dumplings don't leave you groaning like you've swallowed a pile of bricks. Veal, milk-fed, is served saltimbocca style – cooked with prosciutto and sage then served on sauteed endive and cannelloni beans. The dessert list is a classy one that tempts with beauties such as crespelle di bananne e castagne (banana caramel crepes with chestnut jam and king island double cream). Instead of coffee, indulge in a cup of ciaccolato Italiana – a thick, rich Italian hot chocolate that deserves to be accompanied by a fichi farciti al torrone-macerated fig, filled with nougat and dipped in hot chocolate. Brava!
Roz Taylor

Specials & Events

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Functions

FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
130 pax

Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Parking
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
AWARDS
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Crystal - 30/10/2012
How could anyone consider eating duck or pasta anywhere else after eating the pappardelle con anitra? Delicious! The staff are helpful without being stuffy. I've enjoyed many occasions here and will again in the future.
Cia - 5/03/2012
An absolute dump, way too expensive with juvenile staff without knowing a thing about the wine or food they are selling. Give it a miss and go up the road for better Italian food