Stellarossa Espresso Bars are immensely popular over in Queensland. Running for many years now, they’re known for their premium quality coffee and well trained baristas. Franchise owners, Zelko and Sophie, were familiar with the brand and decided to open Stellarossa’s first interstate store in Adelaide. At Stellarossa, it’s not just about great coffee, the cafe menu offers breakfast, burgers, salads and classic Italian food such as pizza and pasta. The also have a range of items in the cabinet which are ideal for people on the go.
The new Stellarossa on King William Street is a major improvement on what was here previously. The space is open and inviting, and many of the features such as the exposed brick and colour combinations, are synonymous with the Stellarossa brand. Huge floor to ceiling glass bi-folds allow plenty of natural light to flow through, while the outdoor seating area is ideal for warm sunny days or summer nights.
There are 7 pizzas on the menu, all of which are 9 inches in diameter and available with gluten friendly bases. We chose the Salami pizza which also comes with kalamata olives and grilled truss tomatoes. The pizza base is smothered with a sweet Napoli sauce that is balanced by the saltiness of the olives and salami. The pizza bases are pre-made, and are thin and crunchy. If you’re watching your carb intake, then these pizzas are perfect for you!
For the pasta dish, we went with the Napoli Fettucine with chorizo, kalamata olives, roasted pepper strips and fresh basil. The fettucine was perfectly al dente, and smothered in a sweet Napoli sauce. This was balanced by the saltiness of the chorizo slices and kalamata olives. The aroma from the basil and the nuttiness of the parmesan really made this dish. Simple but well executed.
The Grilled Beef Burger came with Swiss cheese, sliced gherkins, mustard, rocket and fresh tomato slices in a toasted sourdough roll. The burger was nicely presented and had good height. The beef patty had a nice thickness and was the same size as the bun. The meat was well seasoned, and was juicy and succulent. The rocket and tomato were fresh and crisp, while the gherkins and mustard provided good contrast in flavours. The sourdough bun was a nice change from the brioche, and was firm enough to hold all the ingredients.
As we always say, no meal is complete without dessert. On their breakfast menu are their Stack of Hotcakes available with three different types of toppings. We went with the tried and true combination of nutella and berries. The hotcakes comes in a serving of four with nutella spread in between. The hotcakes were light and fluffy, and to our surprise, the dish wasn’t overly sweet. A perfect way to end the meal.
Adelaide’s first Stellarossa has a lot going for it. The staff are very friendly and the service is fairly efficient. Pricing is reasonable with the average price at $14, which is not bad for what you get. Combine all that with a relaxed environment and you’re on a winner. Stellarossa is a proven brand over in Queensland and will certainly make waves in Adelaide. Check it out if you’re in the area.
Stellarossa is currently open on weekdays from 6:30am-5pm, and on weekends from 8:30am-2pm.
WHERE: 333 King William St, Adelaide