RIGONI’S BISTRO, Adelaide
Well, here’s a place that’s been around for a while. Rigoni’s Bistro opened in 1979 and has remained a popular Adelaide CBD venue for both traditional and modern Italian food. Being in Leigh Street, it’s in the heart of the bustling eating and drinking precinct, and these days, they’re serving breakfast, lunch and dinner! I’ve been a number of times over the years but only once since I started blogging. It was a work lunch and it was a beautiful sunny day. We managed to snaffle a great table outside under an umbrella where we could see all of the passers-by and really soak up that Leigh Street atmosphere. It’s a bit of a novelty for me as I work outside of the CBD and it’s very rare that I get into the city for lunch.
So how has Rigoni’s managed to keep people rolling in the doors after all these years? Well, it’s reliable. You can always count on a quality meal, a decent wine list and good old fashioned service. They’ve also got a private room which is always good to know, whether it be for a work or personal event.
I started with the Due Linguini Aromatizzati con Gamberi, which is squid ink & saffron flavoured pasta with lobster, leeks, dill & fresh roma tomato. I have to say, this was very tasty – lots of flavour, and I liked the combination of the two types of pasta. Loved it. The Calamari Fritti – crisp fried fresh local calamari with a watercress, wild rocket, snow pea salad, fresh lemon & house made tartare is a fine example of simple done well.
I was then torn between ordering the lamb from the menu or having the special of the day, a slow cooked scotch fillet. Such a difficult choice but in the end, even with our waiter encouraging me to go for the beef, I went for the Agnello al Forno – oven roasted lamb rump with broad beans, asparagus, cannellini beans and a tomato & rocket-mint pesto mainly because I love both broad beans and asparagus. I was really glad I ordered this as it was such an excellent dish. Pink, juicy lamb. Once again, full of flavour – well seasoned and I loved that pesto! I would definitely order this dish again. Luckily, one of my fellow diners opted for the scotch fillet so I got to try some. It was a beautiful piece of meat and really tender. I think it would have been just as good as the lamb.
There’s a reason that Rigoni’s is still going strong after all these years.