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As South Australians begin to navigate international travel again, and many of us remaining unsure of the idea, at least we can rest assured that our city will forever be home to its very own little taste of Southern Italy
Borsa Pasta Cucina has been serving up delicious Calabrese-style dishes to its loyal following of patrons, with many returning frequently for their regular dose of Italy.
Co-owned by the same people that brought us the likes of Chicco Palms, Extra Chicken Salt and Pizza e Mozzarella Bar, their homestyle, fresh pasta offerings present a traditional means of Italian cooking, with diners continuously flocking back for more.
“We make everything on the menu, it’s all cooked here, which we pride ourselves on”, Manager Kitty Hawk says.
“Its just really great food with really good, but casual service, and we’ve had the same menu the whole time, which people come back for”.
Specials also frequent the menu, with standout dishes including their tagliatelle con salsicce bianco, featuring their handmade pork sausage with basil and chilli, tossed through their fresh and delicate pasta.
Their agnolotti con zucca e ricotta presents a delicious vegetarian parcel of ricotta and pumpkin in a sweet, burnt butter sauce, guaranteed to turn the heads of even the most avid meat-eaters.
Other traditional menu items include their veal scallopini with roast potatoes and salad, as well as their famous spaghetti chitara alla carbornara, that’s uniquely prepared at the table.
Dessert selections include mini cannolis with a duck fat base, profiteroles filled with tiramisu cream and topped with decadent chocolate, plus handmade gelato from sister restaurant, Chicco Palms.
An extensive wine list that combines imported Italian wines with their Australian counterpart means the best of both worlds are on offer.
“We choose Italian grapes that are grown here at sustainable vineyards, so we like to support local as well as Italian”, says Kitty.
Craft beers, spirts and a diverse cocktail and mocktail list complete the restaurants bar menu, with perfect pairings available for any of their signature dishes.
A classic Italian ambience compliments their meals, with low-lighting, red carpet, wooden tables, green bench tops plus copper and brass fittings that all add to the Mediterranean vibe of the restaurant.
With so many delicious menu items to choose from, dining with a group is made east with their ‘festa’ and ‘mezza festa’ ‘feed me’ options that includes a selection of antipasto, pasta to share and a meat course to satisfy the needs of all.
Open for lunch on Mondays to Fridays, as well as dinner Monday to Saturday’s, the venue also offers the option for private functions on Sunday’s, so your next event or party is sorted.
So if you’re craving a venture to Italy’s south coast, but just can’t seem to get there – Borsa Pasta Cucina will take you there with their tantalising taste of Calabria.
Find Borsa Pasta Cucina at Shop 1, Plaza Level (Piazza area with water fountains) 25 Grenfell St, Adelaide.