The Market Shed on Holland has become a trendy meeting place for brunch on a Sunday morning with delicious fresh food supplied by local stall holders. Francesco’s Cicchetti is one of those stalls and has been around for 12 months. “Cicchetti” translated from Italian means small snacks or side dishes, or in other words, Italian tapas. The owners of this stall have spent the last quarter of a century living in Italy, and have brought their rustic homestyle dishes to the Market Shed. On offer are a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes that are served with local spray free salads.
Today, I ordered the Tasting Platter which has a little bit of everything that they have on offer. Starting from the middle and then moving clockwise from the salad, we have the Leek and Potato Soup, Local Spray Free Salad with Green Beans, Potato Salad, Lasagna Di Zucca, Polenta with Chargrilled Vegetables, Eggplant Parmigiana and Torta Rustica. The dish did take a little long to arrive, but in the end, it was well worth it.
The Leek and Potato Soup was rich and full of flavour. The Local Spray Free Salad was fresh and crisp, and the Green Beans, firm and crunchy. The Potato Salad was rich and creamy with soft morsels of potato, while the Lasagna Di Zucca was full of soft delicate sweet pumpkin which was balanced by the salty ricotta. The lightly grilled Polenta was deliciously starchy, with the natural sweetness of the chargrilled vegetables adding more depth to the savoury treat. The Eggplant Parmigiana was made of well seasoned potato slices that were complimented by the subtly sweet organic tomato passata. My least favourite on the dish was the Torta Rustica which was a quiche that contained bean curd. More of an acquired taste, it would make any vegan happy.
The staff were really friendly and I appreciated them taking the time to tell me their story. As mentioned earlier, the food did take a little long to arrive, but to their benefit, the food was delicious. The Tasting Platter set me back $15 which is well worth the cost considering the quality and execution of the dishes.
Francesco’s Cicchetti is a little bit of Italy right in The Market Shed.
WHERE: 1 Holland St, Adelaide