Pranzo is an Adelaide institution located along the Exchange Place thoroughfare. It’s an eatery where the who’s who of Adelaide normally frequent, made up of business, media and political identities. The menu is modern Italian with a compact selection of entrees, pizza, pasta, risotto, mains and dessert. They also have a constantly changing specials menu which is ideal for the regulars who want something different. Their wine list strongly supports local producers with the addition of international wines to compliment your dining experience.
Today, I started off with the Heirloom Tomato Salad which contains fior di burrata (fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream), peach and walnuts. This was a delightfully refreshing salad. The different types of tomato were firm and ranged from being slightly tart to sweet. The natural sweetness was further complimented by the peaches. There was also a contrast of textures at play with the crunchiness of the walnuts and the soft texture of the cheese.
The Rabbit Waffle is a signature dish at Pranzo. Inside the golden brown, crunchy exterior of the waffle are tender morsels of rabbit. The accompanying chicken liver pate is smooth in texture and salty in taste. This is cleverly balanced by the natural sweetness of the blueberries. An interesting combination of ingredients that works together in harmony.
One of the mains was the Rannoch Quail served with red pepper, grains, grape and caper berries. The quail was cooked to perfection with the meat having a slightly pinkish tinge. The quail was tender and succulent, and you could taste the lovely chargrilled flavours. This was balanced by the natural sweetness of the red peppers and grapes, as well as the sharp, subtly spicy taste of the caper berries.
The last dish was the Spaghetti with South Australian vongole, blue swimmer crab, prawns, nduja (spicy, spreadable pork salami) and tomato. This dish was simply delicious. Mixed in the generous amounts of perfectly cooked spaghetti were sweet and succulent vongole, crab meat and prawns. I’m often wary of dishes that contain crab meat because I often find shells in the dish. Not so in this case, not a single one to be found. The nduja added some fire to the dish while the rich tomato sauce brought everything together quite well.
The service at Pranzo was exceptional. The staff were efficient and attentive, and seemed to be around only when you needed them. Each and every dish that I had today was very well executed, and with entrees starting at $14 and mains at $30, the prices were reasonable for what was pretty much a fine dining experience.
Pranzo is ideal for just about any occasion. Whether it be for a nice relaxing lunch with a bit of people watching, or for that after work drink on a Friday afternoon, Pranzo has you covered. They even do after hours functions for that private event.
For a long time, Pranzo has set the benchmark for lunch in city. While there are plenty of new eateries opening up around it, there is no other place quite like it.
Pranzo is open from 7am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and from 7am-11pm on Fridays.
WHERE: 46 Exchange Place, Adelaide