Il Covo is a much loved & busy city cafe during the week serving up coffee, sweet treats, breakfast and lunch to the hungry office workers nearby.
It has recently expanded its opening hours to include Friday night drinks and dinner on Saturday nights. Cameron, who started work at Il Covo when he was 18, purchased the business over 3 years ago when the old owners were ready to retire and has slowly been injecting new menu ideas and concepts to the traditional Italian fare.
Located on Allara St opposite the casino, Il Covo is a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Civic. We came in to visit on a Saturday night and it was perfect for a casual pizza night with the family.
Antipasto Plate, which was perfect for sharing and had generous servings of cured meats and cheeses with house roasted vegetables and garlic pizza.
Being huge cheese fans, our table couldn’t resist trying the Crumbed Feta served with Genovese Pesto. I am glad we did, as the lightly crumbed, deep fried cheese was crunchy and revealed the soft, salty feta when bitten into. This ended up being the surprise dish of the night.
Serving stone baked pizzas the two that we picked were packed with flavour and a thin & perfectly crispy crust:
Margherita – Fresh bocconcini cheese & basil
Chorizo – baby spinach, chorizo, olives, pine nuts & bocconcini cheese
Desserts vary each week and on the night we visited we shared a fresh & colourful Deconstructed pavlova & a Chocolate Brownie.
Red Cap Shiraz was the perfect pizza accompaniment for the adults and we ordered lemonade for my tween.
Open from 6pm on Saturdays, Il Covo is offering a festive complimentary bottle of wine with all bookings of 4 or more from now until Christmas.
They are also generously donating $2 from every pizza sold on Friday and Saturday nights from now until Christmas to Sids and Kids ACT in support of there Christmas lights in the city fundraising campaign.
Il Covo cafe e pizza
3/40 Allara Street Canberra ACT 2601
P. (02) 6162 1099
*Sophia & her family dined as guests of Il Covo cafe e pizza and thoroughly enjoyed their dinner however all opinions remain her own.