Fresh pasta made daily. Produce from nonnas garden. Top notch service.
You’ve got yourself Farina 00 Pasta and Wine.
Located on King William Road in Goodwood, in the space that the old Café Luna Rosso once called home. With its new name has come new management, a stunning new interior and some of the best Italian food to grace your lips (we will touch on that in a minute).
The restaurant itself is big and airy and has a modern feel. You’ll find glossy black bentwood chairs, stone benchtops, moody lighting and plenty of Italian food products on display. My favourite bit- the pasta machine nestled by the window, where you can stop in and watch head chef and owner Lewis Marro work his magic.
Foodies will rejoice when they see the menu- it is on the smaller side, but when you see and taste the quality of the food you’ll realise you won’t need a hundred different options. Think plenty of fresh pasta, Beef Carpaccio, Braised Lamb shoulder and Semifreddo.
When it comes to drinks you can expect plenty of Italian wines on the menu, as well as vinos from McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley. On this particular day we kicked things off with the NV Zuccolo Prosecco- seriously beautiful bubbles. Light and refreshing, it was very easy to drink!
We started our lunch with bread drizzled with plenty of Balsamic and extra virgin olive oil. Light and spongy, we scoffed it in a heartbeat.
We were then treated to the Fior di Zucchini- zucchini flowers freshly picked from Lewis’s nonnas garden, stuffed with whipped ricotta, lemon zest, nutmeg and basil, and lightly fried in batter. The ricotta was so creamy and the batter was so light and crispy- this was one of my favourite dishes by far.
Pasta was next and it was better than I had imagined. Our first main was the Pappardelle served with 8 hour slow braised rabbit in brodo, with hazelnuts and marjoram. I was a little hesitant at eating rabbit but I was so surprised- it was packed full of flavour. The pasta was silky to eat and the rabbit was so moreish- both of us loved the simplicity of it.
Next up was the grand royale of pastas- the Reginette di Agnello. It was served with fresh pasta, Braised Lamb shoulder, homemade tomato sauce and 24-month-aged parmigiano reggiano. This was my standout pasta- the lamb literally fell apart and melted in my mouth and the sauce was rich and flavoursome.
Dessert was a twist on a Tiramisù – this time it was filled with lemon curdy goodness. Lewis uses Limoncello soaked savoiard and stacks it up with mascarpone, housemade lemon curd, white chocolate and tops it with berries. The curd was sweet and zesty, the mascarpone was smooth and the whole thing was just damn delicious.
We loved everything about this place- the service, the price, the vibe- but most importantly- the pasta. I’ll be back again with my stretchy pants and napkins on standby.
You can find Farina 00 Pasta and Wine at 128 King William Road, Goodwood.
***A friend and I were invited to Farina 00 Pasta and Wine to try out their delicious fare. Although we were invited, reviews remain honest and my own***