Discover a passion for food with the amazing selection of Italian restaurants Auckland has to offer. Whether you're looking for a good pizza, pasta or some of Nonna's home made cooking, there are a range of Italian restaurants in Auckland that a great for giving you a taste of Italy. So if you're asking the question "are there any Italian restaurants near me?" the city centre has all the answers!
Amano | 66-68 Tyler St
Dedicated to quality across all aspects of food and service Amano is an Auckland city centre go-to, whether for a quick lunch or sit down dinner. The provenance of their ingredients is central to Amano’s ethos; their delicious pasta is handmade on-site, and their meat is utilized nose to tail. Here you’ll find a variety of modern pasta dishes using only the best seasonal produce available.
Williams Eatery | G03/85 Daldy Street
Named as one of Metro's Best Cafes for 2019 and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Williams is an eatery for people who love good food and drink with great company. Praised for their excellent service, thoughtful and Italian-inspired inventive menu and delicious specialty coffee, Williams Eatery offers respite and calm while also being close to the action of the rest of the city centre. We thoroughly recommend their 12-hour beef shin tagliatelle with tomato ragu, pangritata and parmesan - it's delicious!
Proper Pizza | 12 O’Connell St
Auckland city centre's newest little pizza place lives up to its name, serving up pizza the proper way. Watch as the staff hand-knead the dough before dressing the pizza with a selection of gourmet ingredients. Originating in Kosovo Proper Pizza offers 12 thin crust pizzas, ranging from the deliciously extravagant apple crumble dessert pizza to a classic pepperoni and cheese.
The Sicilian word for 'meatballs,' Baduzzi is a fine dining collaboration between Michael Dearth, owner of The Grove, and chef Ben Bayly. The pair promise dishes that are familiar yet challenging. Casual and affordable, but with an air of sophistication and New-York Italian, the menu features meatball dishes including sandwiches or pasta, as well as plenty of other delicious, quintessential Italian offerings.
Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant | 87 Albert St
Traditional Italian cuisine is all about simple dishes done well and at Da Vinci’s you’ll find exactly that. From the northern classics to regional favorites, Da Vinci’s has provided Auckland with an authentic taste of Italy since 1980. With an extensive menu of pizzas and pastas Da Vinci’s often add unique dishes to accompany the favourites so you can always try something new.
Baduzzi | 10-26 Jellicoe St
Pop down to Baduzzi, Wynyard Quarter’s favorite Italian restaurant and relax in the casual fine dining setting as you explore their unique menu of classic dishes and fine wine. Known for their delicate handcrafted meatballs, Baduzzi’s approach to classic Italian cuisine is a careful curation of family recipes from owner Michael Dearth, set alongside modern creations which reflect the exciting produce available through the seasons. For more, check out our restaurant profile and interview with Dearth here.
Portofino | 87/89M Customs St W
What could be better than dinner with a fantastic view of Auckland's beautiful Viaduct Harbour? You'll find that here at Portofino as well as fantastic service at this family operated business. In keeping with the spirit of the ocean side dining we recommend trying their risotto alla pescatora - a seafood risotto combining prawn, salmon and squid in a delicious tomato risotto accompanied by fresh oysters.
Ortolana | 33 Tyler St
In the heart of Britomart, Ortolana offers a uniquely rustic twist on Italian inspired cuisine. The restaurant’s philosophy prioritises a garden to fork approach in which their produce is grown from the restaurant’s very own garden. This carefully orchestrated process allows Ortolana to present exciting dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
Dante's Pizzeria | Queens Rise, 125 Queen St
Queens Rise is one of the newest and most exciting eateries in the city. Here you’ll find Dantes, a modest Italian restaurant where you can experience traditional Italian food made by true natives of Italy, they even have the accents. From the upbeat service to the deliciously simple dishes a visit to Dante’s will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.
Gusto at the Grand | 90 Federal St
Gusto at the Grand, set inside the incredible SKY City Grand Hotel presents classic Italian dishes from the mind of Sean Connolly, award winning chef and expert in Italian cuisine. The wonderfully casual approach to fine dining makes it a great place to share a delicious meal with family and friends no matter the occasion. Their dishes are best shared so why not order a few plates and share in the fun that Italian cuisine provides.