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Chianti Classico Iconic on Hutt Street

Think Adelaide dining and you often think of Hutt St. It’s been the home of some fine dining establishments going back decades. The scene is still very much alive! Chianti Classico is an elegant and imaginative restaurant on Hutt St that pleases those looking for an authentic Italian experience. The staff are upbeat and the cuisine is imaginative. Come here on a Saturday morning and it will be packed with a who is who of Adelaide. (Image credit above Chianti Classico Facebook).

We visited this fine dining establishment before a big sporting contest in the city of churches. Without a booking it was a coup to get a table. Both inviting outside on the pavement adjoining Hutt Street (under the verandah), or inside with the trendy Eastern suburbs crowd (maybe I’m guessing).

The owners Frank and Maria Favaro were part of the original Chianti in Light Square to which I made many a visit as a banker. It was always charming, great cuisine and trademark service. A great philosophy over 25 years has been to welcome people as if they were coming into your own home.

Chianti Classico is one of Australia’s best breakfast destinations. In fact they won an award for such – Australia’s best breakfast for 3 years (as well as many other awards). So we were keen for a killer breakfast. And not disappointed. The Pork sausages were excellent with polenta, eggs and Italian tomato sauce. Not stodgy sausages but impressively zesty.

Pork sausages with sublime sauce and eggs

The Open frittata was also a winner and was such a generous portion.


Open frittata

Check out the Chianti Classico Selection Plate with blueberry waffles, Chianti Classico granola, and eggs benedict.  Or the Traditional breakfast with Barossa Valley bacon. Or the Harris smokehouse salmon with poached eggs, hash brown, baby spinach and a cracking hollandaise.

The lunch menu is super impressive with T-bone cooked the Florentine style, amazing pasta dishes and classics like Slow cooked farm rabbit. It’s fine Italian dining.

Superb coffee

Coffee is important and Chianti Classico delivers. Great crema and right strength. I love the strength of a good coffee from a fine Italian establishment.

Here is about the food but also the ambience. It rocks. People that know what they’re doing with a certain charm. The owners revamped this building on Hutt St about 10 years ago. Classic features of the building are preserved but the fit out is modern. They also offer function facilities upstairs.

This is a standout restaurant not only in Adelaide but in the nation. Highly recommended.


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