Capriccio Italian Restaurant

10 Sussex St, Glenelg
Phone: (08)  8295 6453
web: www.capricciorestaurant.com.au

Authentic Italian Cuisine

Capriccio Authentic Italian Cuisine is situated In Sussex Street Glenelg, approximately 9 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD.
Parking is available in Sussex Street, and nearby on adjacent streets. It is a family owned business and has been running since 1980.
Frank and his son Larry warmly welcomed us to their restaurant and chatted to us with much pride about the business they run together with other members of their family.

We arrived at the restaurant early in the evening, and noticed that there were already several diners in attendance. The restaurant was warm and inviting, the tables were beautifully set with pristine white tablecloths. After perusing the extensive menu for some time, we asked Larry to recommend two appetisers, two mains and desserts for us to try.

Our first Appetiser was Capriccio’s own garfish (marinated garfish with spring smoked salmon and caviar served cold.) the dish was superbly presented and tasted every bit as good as it looked.
We then tried the Prosciutto e Melone; the Prosciutto was made on the premises, and the melon was superb, a truly delightful combination.

Our first main was Spaghetti Marinara – a combination of mixed seafood sautéed with garlic, tomato and fresh basil. The seafood in this dish was fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection, and turned out to be one of the best Marinaras I have tasted!

The next main we sampled was the Osso Bucco Milanese – braised veal knuckles cooked with onion, capsicum, olives, and herbs in a fresh tomato sauce.  I cannot find enough adjectives to describe this dish, the meat just fell apart and melted in my mouth, the flavours tantalising to the tastebuds.

After trying both mains we did not think that we would be able to eat any more as the dishes are very generous serves.

But after chatting with Frank and hearing about his wife’s homemade tiramisu we decided to indulge in dessert. Honestly, the tiramisu was better than any I have tried before and believe me; I have tried many over the years! We were then served a chocolate mousse, biscuit and strawberry dessert to try – once again the dessert was absolutely delightful and looked like a work of art.

During the course of the meal I enjoyed a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a glass of Paragon Valley premium Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, both wines were an excellent choice and paired well with their respective dishes. The wine list has a varied selection of wines predominantly from South Australian wineries.

After our meal Frank came over to our table for a chat. He proudly mentioned the clientele that come from interstate and especially his home country to experience the food at his restaurant. He also told us of the numerous ingredients and produce that is produced on site, for example the sensational tiramisu, prosciutto and fantastically fresh olives (after all, you don’t get them like that in a jar!).

This restaurant has a fine selection of food and wine, the prices are reasonable, the service by very friendly staff is great and the ambience is warm. If you are looking for a very authentic Italian meal look no further, a meal at Capriccio is a must.

By Sue Hutchinson
Photos: Lynne Gage