Jock Zonfrillo opens wine bar in Adelaide

Bar Mallozzi. Image source: @bar_mallozzi via Instagram
Jock Zonfrillo, the award-winning chef behind Adelaide fine-diner Orana – which was named best in Australia at this year's Good Food Guide awards – and casual restaurant Bistro Blackwood has just opened his third venue, a wine bar. And it's just a few doors down from Orana.

The name, Mallozzi, was Zonfrillo's great-grandmother's maiden name, and the name of his food truck Nonna Mallozzi which he ran in 2016 and 17.

The space is small but spread over two levels. The ground level boasts plush leather stools around the long bar, as well as small tables along a banquette, while in the basement downstairs is a dimmer, cosier bar.

There's no mistaking the theme is Italian, referencing Zonfrillo's part-Italian heritage. The exterior tiles and the interior walls proudly show off red, green and white, while laid in on the bar are vintage Italian alcohol-brand posters.

Orana sommelier and Mallozzi co-owner Shaun Lau picked the wines. They're mostly Italian or Italian varietals grown in Australia. There's also a list of cocktails that focus closely on Italian spirits, aperitifs and digestifs.

The bar menu is a list of small plates and pastas, starting with the salumi station, where cold cuts and cheeses are portioned by weight, before moving onto snacks like vitello tonato and pastas like rigatoni with guanciale, tomato and chilli.

Here, Zonfrillo has taken a noticeable step back from the high-end food of Orana, which earned him three Hats.

"Zonfrillo has an ability to take left-field ingredients such as ants and Geraldton wax and turn them into something incredibly delicious," said Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby. "There's no cultural cringe, just purity and beauty.”