Fazzoletti, beef cheek, fennel, chives.

Get your pasta and pizza fritta fix with Grey Lynn restaurant Ada’s delicious Italian-inspired takeaways

Ever since Ada opened its doors in conjunction with The Convent Hotel almost one year ago, the Grey Lynn restaurant has been a firm favourite in the city for its Italian-inspired dishes and striking yet welcoming dining space. If you can get a table (it is often quite hard to do so, so in-demand is Ada), we can’t think of anything better than spending the evening elbow to elbow with a date at the bar, or sharing a meal with a group at one of the tables underneath the soaring atrium.

Pizza frittas.

Head chefs Hayden Phiskie and Johnny Price have a knack for creating decadent yet balanced fare that centres on exquisite handmade pastas, signature pizza frittas with various toppings, and sides like beef short rib with ‘nduja.

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Currently, due to restricted alert levels, Ada of course can’t open for dine-in customers — but it does have an excellent takeaway offering to be enjoyed in the comfort of our own abodes.

From left: Ricotta and pistachio cannoli; beef short rib.

Take home the aforementioned pizza frittas, topped with the likes of tomato and stracciatella; asparagus, lemon and ricotta; ‘nduja and taleggio — and more. Pastas change regularly, but expect something akin to ricotta cavatelli with saffron, mascarpone and asparagus, or fazzoletti with beef cheek, fennel and chives. Sides-wise, that beef short rib is sublime when paired with a baby cos, creme fraiche and lemon salad, or perhaps some duck fat potatoes if you’re feeling extra decadent. And why not finish off with a chocolate panna cotta or ricotta and pistachio cannoli for dessert?

While we wait eagerly to return to Ada in person, we’ll happily enjoy its enriching provisions in any form — luckily for all of us, its takeaways are just the ticket.

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