If you're a CBD worker, you're familiar with the lunch frenzy that descends over the city each day between noon and 2pm. The options are many, from sushi to stirfry and everything in between.
With limited time on their hands, many want a quick, tasty lunch that's light on the wallet. In the other camp are the lovers of the long lunch meeting. With a glass of wine or two and a few friendly associates, these people are looking for quality and atmosphere.
Alimentari on Adelaide manages to satisfy both groups. Out front you will find a range of sandwiches, wraps and sweets that are both filling and delicious. Venture a bit further back and you'll end up in the small restaurant section, with a menu bursting with freshness and flavour. The interior of the restaurant contrasts sharply with the hectic lunchtime pace of Adelaide Street outside. Exposed brick walls and polished floorboards create an atmosphere of cool sophistication and wines are displayed on a large shelf lining one wall.
While entrees and salads are available to diners in the restaurant, the star of the show is the pasta menu. The puttanesca is bright and tasty, the Italian-style crab lasagne is a fresh twist on a traditional classic, and all of the pasta sauces are authentic and traditional.
If pasta isn't your first love, don't be put off. The other meals on offer are all delicious and won't leave a huge crater in your wallet. There is a wide range of wine also available if you need some inspiration for your afternoon back in the office. The restaurant staff members are immaculately presented and hospitable and can help you with food and wine recommendations if you're unsure.
Alimentari is also open for dinner on Friday nights.