275 Payneham Road
Royston Park, SA 5070



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Kylie Fleming says "Homemade Tira Misu... perfecto!


Kylie Fleming visits a popular eatery offering no-nonsense, hearty and flavoursome Italian fare.

Steven Parente with Parente Restaurant's spaghetti marinara Picture: Andrea Laube


275 Payneham Rd, Royston Park

Phone: (08) 8362 9166

Food 3.5

Service 4

Family friendly 4

THE Lavazza Italian Film Festival (at Palace Nova until Oct 30) is screening movies which inspire serious cravings for pasta, red wine and espresso.

Imbued with the la dolce vita spirit, we visited old-school Italian restauarant Parente's which is run by father Tony Parente, son Steven and mother Grace.

The restaurant's pleasant interior mixes dark timber and brick features with Tony's gorgeous 1968 Fiat 500 and 1966 Vespa currently on show.

We were warmly greeted by Tony and settled down with a Nipozzana Chianti while we perused the traditional menu.

A piccolo piatto selection of small dishes for sharing includes arancini balls filled with mushroom risotto and bocconcini along with crispy , bite-sized polenta pieces coated in a homemade tapenade (both $8.90)

My friend's main course was a rustic rabbit cacciatore ($29.90) from the specials board and it was served on a sublime silky potato mash. The robust homestyle flavours were simply delightful.

My spaghetti marinara ($24.90) was served in a smallish bowl but would have looked more abundant in a flatter, more open dish.

A napolitana and wine sauce had terrific depth of flavour with prawns, squid, clams and crab claw but the mussels were disappointingly small and overcooked.

Homemade tira misu ($7.90) was downright delectable - perfecto!

Lemon gelati in limoncello liqueur with a baba perched awkwardly on top was refreshing but the presentation was lacking ($9.90). My coffee, however, was spot on.

Parente's pizzas looked magnificent and the restaurant has a drive-though window for pizza on the run.

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