Modinetti, Torrensville | I Only Eat Desserts – Adelaide Food Blog

I am sadly a creature of habit – C and my Saturday brunches are either at Modinetti for their baked eggs or to Boulangerie 113 for croissants. We are boring people. It doesn’t make it better that during these times I will order the same thing again and again and again if I am super impressed ;)

penne ragu

Penne Ragu – Slowly Braised Beef in a Robust Tomato Sauce ($15)

So on one of those not very adventurous brunches I was eyeing the next table’s meal – I couldn’t spot it anywhere on the menu. Asking the waitress she said it was the penne ragu that’s been covered in cheese and baked in the oven that you have to ask for. Umm yes please! Rich tomato sauce with tender, braised beef and gooey cheese covering each penne – it was a dish that needed to be demolished. The normal penne ragu (picture above) had this beautiful, full bodied tomato sauce but putting it into the oven really lifts up it’s game (must be that melted cheese doing it’s magic).

penne ragu and iced coffee

Penne Ragu and Iced Coffee

The fagiolo had the same sauce base as the cantadino baked eggs with hints of garlic and bay leaves. Although mainly consisting of beans and pasta it was a bit on the bland side. We shouldn’t forget “beans beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot” …


Fagiolo – Cinesine pasta with garlic, basil and a hint of tomato and chilli in a creamy cannellini bean sauce ($15)

I haven’t seen their salted caramel cheesecake for a while but just as a heads up this is a 2 man job. I attempted this by myself before and ended up in a literal food coma, passed out and sleeping throughout the day. Indulgent and very rich made with what tasted like a brown sugar salted caramel.

Salted Caramel Cake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

What I love about Modinetti is that hearty, homey food and feel. You can feel their hearts and soul poured into this family owned café – it is something that is genuine and unpretentious. You know the saying – there is nothing like home.

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5



146B Henley Beach Road
Torrensville SA 5031

8352 8845

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