Il Portico had its soft launch tonight. We were greeted very warmly by the friendly restaurant staff. The inside of the modern looking restaurant is decorated with the colours of Italy - red, green and white. There are softly padded white bench seats against the red walls. My partner noticed some of the light fittings against the wall that look like they've been taken from inside a computer, giving off a spiral-like lighting effect.
My partner ordered the spaghettoni amatriciana with pancetta and tomato. This was a very simple dish done well. Perfectly cooked pasta in a ripe tomato sauce and a heck of a lot of pancetta. Tasty!
I ordered the funghi, salsiccia, mozzarella with truffle oil pizza (mushrooms and sausage). The pizza base was fantastic! I love mushrooms and sausages so this pizza worked really well. There was only a slight hint of truffle oil making the pizza non-greasy. We found out Il Portico have a pizza shop in Yarralumla and the pizza chef had been making pizzas for years. Nice to know they brought in someone with a lot of experience.
|Funghi, salsiccia, mozzarella and truffle oil|
The only dessert on offer was a gluten-free jaffa cake. I decided to give this a miss and will see what the menu looks like in a few more weeks.
The restaurant does takeaway, so we'll be ordering some takeaway pizzas soon enough. The size of the pizza here is a medium, so it's a little bit more expensive than Pizza Arte on the other side of Kingston or Crust. But we both thought it was really good to eat and not too oily.
Efpos facilities and more alcholic beverage choices will be available later in the week.