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3 generations of restaurateurs! La Trattoria is now one of the oldest restaurants in Adelaide and is still owned and operated by the original proprietors, Andrea (Andy) and Natale (Chris). With Andrea being crowned the world’s best pizza maker in New York and family tradition that dates back to 1968, is it any wonder La Trattoria is such a success. Antonino Parisi, their father, operated Marcellinas and it was there that the boys learned how to make pizza. All other Italian cuisine was taught by who else but Mama!With the growing success of their father’s restaurant, a sister restaurant was born. In 1975 La Trattoria was established by Andrea and his brother, Natale Parisi. Many stories make
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we come to Adelaide a visit wouldn’t be complete without coming here , just the atmosphere alone is worth visiting this great family run restaurant, beware this big restaurant is almost always full . We had a great meal bruschetta with tomato and boccachini...followed by spaghetti gambera and marinara with the house tiramisu and a bottle of Chianti — it doesn’t get any better than thisMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 April 2022

Great reliable restaurant whether a small party or large group the food and service are first class, never had a bad experience there.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 March 2022 via mobile

Had gone past this restaurant frequently and always thought it looked bustling and a bit of fun for a casual meal. Well, it wasn’t fun. Would NOT return for any reason other than perhaps for the chilli oil that was good to add flavour, but...why did the dishes have none to start with!!?!? On arrival it was a TOTAL and absolute shambles. Whether you have a reservation or not, you join the same queue and wait to be seated via a completely disorganised system with one man toddling around seating people in order of arrival and no reference to the booking system whatsoever. There was NO point in having a reservation!!!! It was pointless. So it was frustrating to stand for ages amongst many other people looking around lost, and wondering how long til we’d be seated!! Had to ask for pepper. None on the table. Really? Meals were mammoth. It’s definitely about ‘feasting’ and quality over quantity. The Scallopini Alla Pescatore was just a huge plate of unrefined mess on a plate! Really, just go there if you want to stuff your stomach with a large amount of unmemorable food……More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 12 March 2022

Visiting from Melbourne we found this charming old fashioned Italian restaurant. It was crazy how busy the place was, crazy! We were very grateful to be seated outside and quickly. Garlic bread yummy. Margherita pizza lovely. Gnocchi bolognese was nice however I felt the portion...size was too much. I know some people complain when they don't get served large quantities but sometimes less is more and I hate wasting food. I would like to say that our waitress for the night was absolutely outstanding. Despite being run of her feet she was accommodating, welcoming and I truly believe that's part of the dining experience. You can have beautiful food served to you but if the staff have an off night or are just plain rude then you're not going back. It's obvious the staff are like a big family & that reflects on the service. Thank you....More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 10 February 2022 via mobile

We’ve been once before and returned against our better judgement as our friends wanted to eat here. The atmosphere is ok, an old fashioned family restaurant with friendly service, but the food leaves much to be desired. In my memory, the pizza was good, the...marina pasta was good, and the garlic bread was also good the last time we ate there about 2 years ago. On this occasion, we decided to order dishes to share and began with garlic bread, the antipasti, a Margherita pizza, the pasta marinara and the “fancier” fare that we don’t bother to cook at home - cannelloni, lasagna and calzone. This time, the garlic bread wasn’t the hot, toasted, buttery, garlicky, crispy slices I remembered. It was under-toasted and slightly chewy. The antipasti matched my memory, a bit of cheese, rolled slices of cold meats and lots of marinated vegetables piled on a mound of shredded lettuce and with decorated with slices of orange. The marinated vegetables - zucchini, roasted capsicum and artichoke hearts - were lovely if you like marinated vegetables which I do. However, the general look of the platter is pale and unappealing. Rather 1960s in my opinion. The pizza was beautiful with a thin, crispy crust and lots of cheese with a nice char. The marinara pasta with its selection of fresh seafood lived up to my memory. The calzone was humongous, and tasted ok, but the presentation looked messy with the sauce dumped on top. Dreams of piping hot baked lasagne and cannelloni topped with cheese and oozing with bechamel and beef Ragu vanished in smoke. The lasagne didn’t have bechamel and looked microwaved. Ditto the cannelloni which was presented as 2 pale tubes of beef mince rolled in lasagne sheets and sitting in a lake of tomato sauce. The filling looked and tasted sausage-like and more steamed than baked. Also, no bechamel or baked cheese topping. Bottom line - stick to the pizza!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 21 December 2021

We went there for our wedding anniversary as we are new to Adelaide and it was recommended to us. The atmosphere was great, but busy due to it being Christmas. We ordered the spinach gnocchi, the lasagne and the salmon pasta dish. All the finest...ingredients were used and the food was cooked to perfection, but we couldn't eat them due to the salt content in each of the meals. My daughter shared the gnocchi dish with my husband as she couldn't eat hers, neither could eat the meat in his, (prosciutto?). I ate about 1/3rd of my lasagne, too salty to finish. I asked for a doggie bag to take home the rest, ( as the centre was cold and I was over it by then). The manager said he'd tasted all three meals we had returned and they were fine. He did say the salmon was quite salty, but he had no control over that. I wondered why he didn't put less in the dish to compensate. Although we received a credit on the salmon dish, we are reluctant to go there again as that appears to be the standard you can expect?More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 13 December 2021 via mobile

Always amazing! We get the marinara almost every time we go as it’s probably the best we’ve ever had. The service is not 10/10 but the gentlemen on the floor are so beautiful & do their best. Highly recommend this place for authentic TASTY food...every single time!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 November 2021

Tonight we made the mistake of going to La Trattoria to dine out. We ordered two family sized ‘speciale’ pizzas which were really not that special at all. When we got the bill we got a huge shock to see they’d charged us a whopping...$60 per pizza! ($120 for two pizzas!) wSay what!!! When we questioned it they said that it normally should be $72 per pizza but gave us a bit of a discount. Say what again!!! Are you kidding!! We told them we couldn’t believe how expensive their pizzas were even with a so-called discount. No matter what we said to them, they wouldn’t budge on the price and they were so rude to us, especially a certain short dark curly haired Spanish looking guy who was just totally obnoxious and should not be in this industry at all. We will never eat there again and will probably report them to the fair work ombudsman for inflated prices and bad service to customers. Never again!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 November 2021

We had two family pizzas at la trotteria tonight and when the bill came they charged us $60 a pizza, $120 for the two. When we questioned it they told us they are normally $72 each and they gave us a good price. The large...was $30 and the family (the next size up) was $60???. The guy basically used the excuse that we don’t usually sell family pizzas in the restaurant, but in fact he lied through his teeth and was trying to rip us off and hoped we would pay the bill without thinking about the price. I’ll never eat there again. Check your bill carefully when eating there, these guys are crooks. If there family pizza is $72 this makes it one of the most expensive pizzas in the world.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 October 2021 via mobile

Came to La trattoria for my wife’s birthday with friends. Everyone loved the restaurant the food was great & the service was brilliant. Spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, calzone all amazing. Looking forward to coming back

Date of visit: October 2021
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La trattoria is open for dinner only from 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Gluten free options are pasta as a risotto, pizza with gluten free base (large only) and all meat, poultry and fish dishes.
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Yes, La Trattoria Restaurant & Pizza Bar offers takeaway services.

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La Trattoria Restaurant & Pizza Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4