Built into a distinctive old bank building on Unley Road in Adelaide’s Parkside, south of the city centre’s parklands on the corner of Young Street, Mondiali is an Italian restaurant that you can count on. Their menu includes the favourites that one would expect to see in an Aussie-Italian joint, whilst also offering house specialities and a huge range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options that are guaranteed to please your entire party.
Italian restaurants in Australia are often of variable quality, but on Unley Road in Adelaide’s Parkside, there is an Italian joint you can bank on. In fact, you can bank on it completely as it is built into what was once a bank. converting the space into a light-filled temple to the cuisine of the bel paese. Mondiali is home to some of the finest pasta in Adelaide, with specialities less-often seen in South Australia, as well as a huge range of gourmet pizzas, grilled meats and fresh salads.
Mondiali is first and foremost an Italian restaurant, so it is isn’t surprising to see a huge range of pasta and pizza on their menu. The usual favourites are there – spaghetti Bolognese, margherita pizzas, calamari – and are accompanied by a diverse selection of dishes unique to this Unley Road address. We would recommend the pulled lamb salad, to start, followed by the spaghetti granchio, pasta with swimmer crab served in a spring onion and chilli sauce. Adelaide’s Parkside is a permanently busy place, with restaurants often full with patrons wanting to escape to the south of the city centre and the parklands, especially on weekday lunchtimes and weekend evenings, so advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment.