Auckland, North Island Food Guide: 9 Italian food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Auckland Central

August 30, 2019 Agatha Simes

Discover Restaurants offering the best Italian food in Auckland Central, Auckland, North Island. European, Polynesian, Asian and strong Maori heritages give the Auckland its distinctive culture. Discover the history of the world's largest Polynesian city through Maori treasures at Auckland Museum and experience the lives of 19th-century settlers at Howick Historical Village. Find Polynesian handicrafts at Otara Market or people-watch in bustling Ponsonby and Parnell. Adventure junkies can get their fix from kayaking, sailing and high-octane bungee jumping.
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9. That's Amore

Shop 2M 1 Courthouse Lane Level 2 Metropolis Bldg, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +64 9-302 0645 http://thatsamore.co.nz/cbd.html
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4 based on 231 reviews

That's Amore

Here you can have the Real Napolitan Pizza made with Italian and New Zealand products of the best quality. We do all by love and passion, That's Amore!

Reviewed By 1887BFC

A small restaurant that is on a side street, and one easy to miss if you aren't looking specifically for it.Friendly and helpful service, and excellent pizza.Fresh, crisp and tasty base, with a great toppings! Definitely the place to go for pizza in Auckland!

8. Pasta & Cuore

409 Mount Eden Road Mt Eden, Auckland Central, Auckland 1024 New Zealand Italian, Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +64 9-630 9130 http://pastaecuore.co.nz
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4 based on 142 reviews

Pasta & Cuore

Reviewed By Acineto

You can see them hand make the pasta in the shop window so you know that the pasta here is going to be good. There isn't a lot of seating inside but they also have an outside area which has heating and more tables. The menu looks interesting as it looks like a hand made scrap book and there is a decent selection of pastas and other food inside. They also had specials in a bottle on the table. The service was quite good, being checked on a couple of times before ordering and a couple more afterwards. Had the zucchini carpaccio to share at the start. It didn't look like what I expected since the zuccini were in rolls instead of flat but it was really tasty with the balsamic and parmesan. I had the special potato, mushroom and truffle ravioli and it was delicious. The butter sauce with the pasta and creamy potato filling was just amazing. So simple and tasty. I also had the budino chocolate pudding and that was a bit different than what I had expected (more like a flan instead of a cake) but delicious nonetheless. A really good place if you are craving pasta. The only issue was that like other great pasta places, the portions are fairly small, I could easily devour two or three plates but it was almost $30 a plate. It also looked like you could buy some pasta to cook at home.

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7. Archie's Restaurant and Pizzeria

61-73 Davis Crescent, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023 New Zealand Italian, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +64 9-523 5111 http://maps.google.ca/maps?oe=UTF-8&hl=en-ca&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=ca&entry=s&sa=X&ftid=0x6d0d4876a3aeba85:0xc5024b12a8990ca5&gmm=CgIgAQ%3D%3D
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4 based on 276 reviews

Archie's Restaurant and Pizzeria

Reviewed By 49celines

Archie’s was conveniently located right across the street from our apartment. Such a cozy ambience, love the scent of the wood fire oven when you enter the restaurant. We ordered the Prosciutto and Parmesan Bruschetta, Beef Carpaccio and Prosciutto Pizza. Every dish was HUGE! And oh so mouthwateringly delicious! The Chef recommended drizzling olive oil, balsamic vinegar and tobasco sauce over our beef carpaccio and it brought the dish to a whole new level! The pizza was Super yummy. The crust was just right, crispy around the edges with just enough depth and texture so it doesn’t disintegrate when you lift it. We wiped our plates clean and had to be rolled out of the restaurant!Highly recommend for an amazing authentic Italian meal. Excellent value for money.

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6. Goode Brothers NorthWest

Shop 5, Maki Street Massey NorthWest Shopping Centre,, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand Italian, Bar, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +64 9-832 8400 http://www.goodebrothers.co.nz/northwest/
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4 based on 157 reviews

Goode Brothers NorthWest

Reviewed By keithg547

Love this place, always good, have to try Mondays and Tuesdays all Pizzas and Pasta dishes $14.50 each Better book to be safe, this restaurant busy many other places dead on a Monday or Tuesday as they have no specials.Good thinking Goode Bros Always will come back Hi Keith, thanks for the great review and happy to hear you are taking us up on our early week specials, they are popular that is for sure

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5. Vivace Restaurant & Bar

85 Fort Street Cbd, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Spanish, Italian, Mediterranean, European, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-302 2303 http://www.vivacerestaurant.co.nz/
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4 based on 366 reviews

Vivace Restaurant & Bar

Vivace Restaurant and Bar is one of the best inner city restaurants Auckland has to offer. The environment is lively, offers a warm ambience with excellent table service, a superb wine list and a menu which caters for diverse palates.The food is always of

Reviewed By Superwoman888

Met up with friends at this venue on a Thursday evening.We had booked and received a reminder email prior to the evening, which is appreciated by those always on the go and such timely reminders are a help.It was a very pleasant night out. The food was delicious and looked enticing. Ingredients were fresh and plentiful. The ambiance and warmth was very comfortable.Service was happy and attentive. The restaurant was not fully occupied and noise level was hovering on quiet chatter.Coffee was great. We did not indulge in dessert. Looking ahead to a return visit.Hi Superwoman888,Thanks for sharing the love on TripAdvisor.Have an amazing week and we look forward to seeing you on another occasion.Regards Steve

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4. Gusto at the Grand

90 Federal Street, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand Italian, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer [email protected] +64 9-363 7030 http://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants/gusto-at-the-grand/
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4 based on 560 reviews

Gusto at the Grand

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Popped in for lunch before 12 and was asked to make a booking at counter. Waited for about 6 minutes and the restaurant is open. Ordered Pappardelle with duck and pea ragu, it tastes nice, however a bit salty. Good service. Would Recommend!

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3. Baduzzi

10 - 26 Jellicoe Street Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Italian, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-309 9339 http://www.baduzzi.co.nz
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4 based on 921 reviews

Baduzzi

Reviewed By Evelynne G

We were meeting business contacts who chose the restaurant. It is an Italian restaurant with lots of different and unusual dishes I have not come across previously. I did have to ask about what some of the ingredients were . The waitress cheerfully explained them to . The main course was a torn Pasta with Duck was absolutely delicious. Both the Pasta the duck meat and the sauce were sensational. I also ordered a Tiramisu that was not a traditional Tiramisu but really delicious . I would happily return on my next visit to Auckland Thank you Evelynne!Now that you know where to find us we hope to seeing you another time soon!

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2. Amano

68 Tyler Street Britomart, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Italian, European, Deli Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +64 9-394 1416 http://Amano.nz
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4 based on 934 reviews

Amano

Reviewed By bingo2008

Great food and ambience in Auckland. The place is hip and vibrant. Portion is great and interesting. The kitchen is totally open so you can see cooks preparing your meal.Pastries look better than they taste and is a bit on the expensive side. Great coffee.Restaurant is busy but the wait is reasonable and worth it.

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1. Prego Restaurant

226 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby, Auckland Central, Auckland 1001 New Zealand Italian, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-376 3095 http://www.prego.co.nz/
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4 based on 556 reviews

outdoor dining, Take out available, Full menu all day and night.

Reviewed By ongoni

My son took us to the Prego for lunch. We had Gnocchi, Fettuccine Alfredo and Kingfish Pesce with wine. I had a best Fettuccine ever in NZ. We’ve been to many restaurants in Ponsonby area, where my son’s couple loves. I think Prego is best in Ponsonby.

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