This italian restaurant is towards the city end of the Parade. I came here for a work function, so we were in the private function room at the back of the restaurant. It was a room that could easily fit up to 70 people seated.
People have been raving on about how bad the service is with this restaurant. We were in the function room, and we had a dedicated waitress for the whole night. Therefore I can't actually comment much on the service, apart from an attentive waitress throughout the whole night.
For starters, we had affettato which consisted of prosciutto and salami. There was also cheese and bread.
Following the simplicity of this antipasto plate, I remembered the wood oven that was present as soon as I walked into the door, so I was expecting some amazing breads. I love to eat schiacciata, and I was hoping for a crunch in the bread. I was a little disappointed. It wasn't as crunchy as I would have liked. The freshness of the tomato and basil drizzled with olive oil and parmegano did add to the extra flavours.
The pork belly was slow cooked, no crackling skin though. It was rested on a baked sweet potato with broccolini.
Pasta was fettucini with a range of seafood, calamari, crab meat with a couple of prawns, few mussels and cockles cooked with garlic and olive oil.
Followed by the flat wide ribbon pasta. This pasta was recommended by the waitress and she said the restaurant was famous for the slow cooked duck with ragu mushrooms. It was certainly tasty, but didn't exactly meet my expectation.
For dessert, we had tiramisu, panna cotta and a little chocolate and almond torte.
The food was average and servings were quite small. The price was not exactly cheap. I thought that the food presentation could be improved. Three daisies this time.
Visit Martini Ristorante - 59a The Parade, Norwood, SA 5057 - (08) 8362 7822