Carmine and Co - Menu Tasting

Carmine and Co - 49 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide SA 5015

On the Chopping Board (OTCB) was kindly invited to a menu tasting at Carmine and Co. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of Carmine and Co.

Carmine and Co. is the epitome of traditional Italian food and hospitality. Located in the heart of the increasingly buzzing Port Adelaide (still ringing from another successful Laneway Festival) this 29 year-old family-owned restaurant has recently undergone a massive revamp. Whilst ensuring they have retained their much-loved family recipes, Carmine and Co. have recently gone up a whole new level of swag, with their restaurant now boasting loft ceilings, exposed brick walls and a real sense of style.

Shared Tasting Platter for Main Course
To begin the evening, all guests were promised that they would ‘feel like a real Italian’, and Carmine and Co. certainly delivered on this front - with a cheeky forewarning in the motto of the night being that ‘we will all get fat together!’ All guests were cosily seated at a long table on the mezzanine level (Sunday lunch at Nonna’s, anyone?), and there was a real sense of family and sharing to the entire evening. Each dish was presented with love, pride and great thought – and every meal was lovingly introduced to us by a member of the family. We were treated to four courses, with each course consisting of three different selections that were brought to the table on share platters, further adding to the family ambiance of the night. Thoughtfully-chosen wines were also beautifully paired with each course.

Among the appetisers was a mixture of beautiful Italian charcuterie, including cappicolo, prosciutto, and mortadella, as well as cheese and staples such as perfectly seasoned and marinated vegetables and olives. There were also crispy arancini and beautifully cooked eggplant parmigana, consisting of layers of thinly sliced eggplant topped with a perfect Neapolitan sauce and oozing with mozzarella cheese. Every bite was delicious, and the utmost self-restraint was exercised at this point to stop eating these delicious morsels.

Next came the entrees. We well and truly entered carb city with a selection of three delicious pastas. The silky soft linguine with Moreton Bay bugs was a standout, although the hearty spaghetti and meatballs and ricotta canneloni were not far behind. Let us not discuss how many servings were consumed at this point. After this carb fest, we needed a short interval before the main. The friendly and personable staff showed us through to the outside dining area, which looked like the perfect atmosphere for al-fresco eats and hangs.

Pollo Pistachio
Stuffed Calamari
Carmine's Steak
Afterwards we were treated to the mains, which were again presented in a share-platter style. We loved the Carmine Chargrilled rib-eye steak, served rare, and topped with sautéed mushrooms, basil, chilli and a red wine glaze (this Carmine special takes three days to make). Yet another highlight of the evening was the moist and flavoursome pollo pistachio, stuffed with fresh herbs, mozzarella cheese and encased in pancetta, and topped with a creamy pistachio sauce. The entire table entered food heaven, with a hush falling over the group at this point. Nonna Vicky’s special stuffed calamari also featured for the mains, though unfortunately we found this dish a little chewy. Alongside the mains was fresh salad and ample servings of crusty bread.

For the last course, dessert, we were treated to individual servings of creamy and light tiramisu and the always loved Italian-style donut, zeppole, swimming in a pool of Strega sauce and topped with a vanilla ice-cream (sorry for no pics here!). The perfect end to this Italian feast (and our diet resolutions with it). 
Carmine and Co. brings together the juxtaposition of a traditional Italian menu with a modern and youthful space in perfect harmony. Would it be corny to suggest that love of family and food, is the bond for all things in this fusion? Probably. And yet we still think it is probably true. Overall exceptional food and wine, underpinned with sincerity and generosity.

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