Dinner at Nonna's house usually involves family, friends and food. LOTS of food. That's exactly the experience Remo Russo intended on providing his customers when opening Cicheti at the Brickworks Marketplace.
Recently undergoing significant renovations, Cicheti sits amongst an array of new specialty stores, department stores and eateries at Brickworks Marketplace; a revived version of the previous Brickworks Markets.
Remo and his team pride themselves on a friendly and homely atmosphere, with delicious food and exquisite wine to match. It's not often that I venture to an Italian restaurant to be wowed, but Cicheti did just that.
Apart from the food (we'll get to that later), the Italian hospitality was authentic and ridiculously enjoyable. The wait staff were attentive and lively, while Remo and his mum were bubbly and welcoming; it felt like we were part of the family already.
Everything you'd expect from an Italian restaurant was there. Traditional Italian cuisine (over) fed our stomachs, while our palettes played host to an array of local and Italian wines.
While the sun shone on guests mingling in the patio, the night began with Fresh Oysters, Thin Crust Pizza and Beef Sliders (and this was only the beginning). If this food was anything to go by, we knew we were in for a great night.
Next came the Anitpasto Platters, a necessary component to any Italian meal. Sliced cold meats, handmade quiches, mozzarella and olives (of course) sat in front of us, while we filled our wine glasses with drops from McLaren Vale's Hither & Yon and Italy's Giuseppe Cortese.
Obviously after two courses, we were expecting our main meals to arrive. Nope. That's not going to fill you up! You need more food!
Duck Arancini Balls followed, before the Vitello Tonnato (similar to a veal carpaccio) tempted our palettes.
It wouldn't have been an Italian feast without a selection of fresh hand-made pasta on offer... and we were lucky enough to get three. THREE.
Crab Fettuccine, Gnocchi with duck and porcini ragu, and Penne Salsiccia served with broccoli, chilli and meat were all amazing, leaving us almost at breaking point (our pants, we mean) yet completely satisfied.
Just as we thought we couldn't possibly fit in any more food, out comes Saltimbocca - a traditional veal and prosciutto dish, Chargrilled Ribs, Bistecca Tagliata - meat served rare with rocket, cherry tomatoes and cheese, Chargrilled King Prawns AND Stuffed Capsicums.
Much full. Such pain. Wow. Very stuffed.
We were done. There was so much down right tasty food, that it was too much. That was, until fruit platters and Italian espresso came out to the table.
It's safe to say that we were eating for a solid three hours, and wouldn't have had it any other way. The food was exquisite, the service was great and the evening was on point. Molto belissimo!
10/10 would recommend.
Where: Brickworks Marketplace - 12/28 South Road, Torrensville.
What: Italian Cuisine
Open: 9am - 10.30pm
Check them out on Instagram at @cicheti_brickworks, or on Facebook!
All images via Meagan Coles Photography