It’s less than ten minutes from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, but King William Rd has established itself as a culinary destination in its own right. And one of its newest residents, Farina 00 Pasta & Wine Bar, well and truly fits the bill.
Owner and head chef Lewis Marro leads the charge, with a food philosophy that starts and ends with fresh produce… the fresher the produce, the better the quality. And we couldn’t agree more.
Not only is Lewis the driving force behind Farina 00, but the jack of all trades wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in bringing the fit-out to life.
The monochromatic design is simple but striking, with a marble-topped bar, touches of stone and a pair of fireplaces that we’re assured will be up-and-running this winter. While natural light spills in from the bustlin’ King William Rd, adding a different kind of warmth to the space.
Front of house manager Daniela D’Angelo says their unique approach to the ever-popular Italian cuisine gives the guys in the kitchen a platform to showcase more than just your run-of-the-mill ingredients.
“We make all our pasta fresh and in-house,” says Daniela, so it seems fitting the restaurant takes its name from a type of Italian flour, which we’re told is “great for making pasta and pizza, ‘cause it’s so light.”
Speaking of pasta, we couldn’t get enough of the Gigli, which is one for the mushroom lovers among us. It’s a coming together of porcini, king oyster and shiitake mushrooms, served up with truffle oil, thyme, a dash of cream and grated truffle cheese. Believe us when we say the fragrant af truffle oil brings the dish to a whole other level, and leaves us wondering “who needs meat when mushrooms taste this damn good?”
But if you’re in the market for something a little less vegetarian, the Spaghetti al nero is your next best bet. The pasta is coloured with black squid ink and served aglio olio-style with fresh local seafood, tomatoes and chilli. It’s a must-try.
“Our pasta is cooked al dente,” says Daniela, “which means ‘to the tooth’ in Italian.” And it doesn’t get more authentic than that!
It goes without saying that you can’t have a pasta and wine bar without wine, and these guys have left no stone unturned in that department. They’re pouring from a half-Italian, half-South Australian wine list, and we can assure you it’s been carefully curated to include some lesser-known varieties (by the glass and by the bottle). So there’s no excuse not to broaden your horizons.
Their dessert menu is short-but-sweet, and the few things they are doing, they’re doing bloody well (the Nutella semifreddo with Haigh’s hazelnuts is in a league of its own). But to finish off your meal like a real Italian, there’s no alternative to an espresso courtesy of 1645 Coffee Roasters.
“It’s been a team effort,” says Daniela, “and we’ve made sure everyone got a chance to taste the dishes and the wines.” You’re in good hands, so let the team at Farina 00 guide your Italian experience… buon appetito!