Chef Jock Zonfrillo has already injected plenty of life into Adelaide’s East End, from his award-winning Restaurant Orana – which was recently named best restaurant in Australia – to the more casual Bistro Blackwood.
And now, he’s adding a brand new bar to the mix.
Opening today, Mallozzi is an Italian bar with wine, snacks – and our favourite bit, its own dedicated salumi bar.
It’s a nod to Zonfrillo’s Italian heritage – he’s half Scottish and half Italian – with the name drawn from his great grandparents.
The bar has taken over the space of former East End restaurant and bar Iberia (279 Rundle Street), and is close enough so Jock can pop between the three kitchens.
There’s no doubt the spot is about all things Italian – from the tiled Italian flag out front, to the red, green and white dominant colour palette, and the old Italian posters adorning plenty of wall space. A keen eye will also spot some of Jock’s old family photos on the coasters.
Head downstairs at Mallozzi for the cosy basement, with its own tidy bar, cosy nooks and comfy leather banquettes. Upstairs are smaller tables, or stools which will get you a good view of that salumi station and into the open bar.
Drinks all have an Italian touch – with beers, wines, amaro and grappa from Italy, plus cocktails, and some Australian-grown Italian varietals.
To eat, there’s a short menu of salumi, cheeses, and plates that are what Jock calls, “bigger than tapas but smaller than an entree”.
There are also four pasta dishes, but the price points and serves are kept small so you can have that pasta dish without the heaviness that usually follows. The serve of tonnarelli with pecorino and pepper is only $7, or even the most expensive, a rigatoni pasta with tomato chilli guanciale (an Italian cured meat) will set you back only $11.
Mallozzi will be open seven days: Mon to Thurs 4pm-late and Fri-Sun noon-late.