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Italian, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are travelling around New Zealand so looking for some good food this was exceptional the staff were very attentive and friendly we would recommend this restaurant. Sue and Gareth from England

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nine of us went for dinner. I personally have been several times before and I have never been disappointed. The rest of the party had never been, and they were so impressed with our meals and service, and the value for money when it come...time to split the bill. Waitstaff were attentive but not over-bearing. Everything arrived in a timely manner. Authentic, tasty, fresh - what more could you want? The tiramisu was amazingly light for something so rich. Will 100% be back.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 December 2023 via mobile

Food is great, service is great, atmosphere is nice and cozy. Authentic Italian food with friendly chefs and staff. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their meals and we had an awesome time as a family. The kids love to get to color in and have an ice cream at the end of dinner. Food was delicious. Compliments to the chef.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023

The team here are very accommodating , providing excellent service & authentic Italian food. The Mussels & Tiramisu are amazing.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 17 April 2023

Services was great, everybody was Friendly, my very picky son devoured his spaghetti bolognaise. Loved the atmosphere, the food was great and would highly recommend giving them a go. Only thing I would change was the portion sizes is just a little to small but...I am a big eater :)More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

What a beautiful spot for a dinner out! So professional, welcome, and gives you an amazing taste of Italy. So impressed. The food was absolutely outstanding!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

You book in and can never leave !!! My daughter and myself , walked in , ordered 2 drinks , which came promptly , then scanned the menu , nothing she could eat , so we said can we pay for drinks?? Yes, they said..., but you can not leave , until you eat something ..held to ransom!!!! Bizarre Lady at the till not waiter, was rude , and had bad attitudeMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022

Never disappointed whenever I come here. We had the spaghetti bolongese and the gnocchi bolongese and it was all delicious! The service is friendly and quick. We finished off with the brownie and gelato for dessert which was equally enjoyable. Would recommend as always to...all.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

Food was simple, homely style but for the price would've expected better quality. Portion sizes were good though. On this particular night they were out of a lot of ingredients and ovens weren't working so couldn't have pizzas, some seafood, and some of the desserts...had to change slightly for a lack of cream. Service was lacking. One waitress was perfectly polite and helpful, the other didn't seem very aware of common courtesy (leaning over customers, passing plates over the table rather than waking around, etc). Overall an average experience, good enough but didn't live up to the reviews or the claim above the door that they are ‘the best Italian restaurant’.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 September 2022

We noticed this restaurant was busy every evening we walked outside the Novotel Hotel, so we decided to book a table ourselves. We ordered a pizza to share for an entree and 2 mains. The pizza was absolutely delicious and hubby is still talking about...his yummy prawn basil spaghetti dish. My eggplant parmigiana was good too but probably wouldn’t rave about it like the pizza. Highly recommended for a casual cosy atmosphere with delish Italian food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 10 September 2022

We had long wanted to try this restaurant as we are frequent visitors to the Novotel and we finally did. We had chicken fettuccine and a mozzarella gnocchi. They were both tasty and ok but not really authentic as so many reviews state. We feel...this is a young person's restaurant with kiwi tastes. The use of the chicken chunks in the fettucine makes me wonder if they are bought already chunked. I would expect them to be fried off a little with the garlic and onions rather than presented steamed / boiled. This made the chicken a little bit tasteless. The gnocchi had loads of flavour yet was more like a tinned sauce. The gnocchi itself was good. The staff were very good but I have never been to a more noisy restaurant in all my life. I got my decibel meter working and it was well into the ear damaging range getting close to the level of a jet engine at times! This was due to a large group of young people enjoying their night out and I couldn't help but wonder if the younger set were the core patrons here. Still enjoyed overall.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 July 2022 via mobile

Most delicious gnocchi ever! Really enjoy this place every time we go, best Italian I have had in NZ & such a cute cosy atmosphere. 100% recommend 😊

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 February 2022 via mobile

We ordered via Uber Eats and the food was delivered very fast and hot. We got salmon gnocchi, fettuccini and tortelli. Wow, probably the best Italian we’ve had in New Zealand. Gorgeous hand made pasta, perfectly cooked and seasoned. The salmon gnocchi was light as...a cloud and very tasty, with the other dishes perfect. Not cheap, but excellent value. Around $25 per main, and they’re not huge servings. But its very filling and was ample for three of us. I would probably add a side or an extra dish if you’re big eaters. We will defiantly visiting the restaurant soon, I can only presume the food will be even better. Can’t wait.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 1 October 2021

I liked the atmosphere but the food left me a little disappointed. I love authentic hand made pasta. The ragu here is put on spaghetti which made me a little cautious so I didn't try it. Cream sauces also put me off other dishes. Others...with me, not so fussy about pasta, enjoyed their dishes. The service was excellent with food being delivered quickly. I think most people would enjoy their experience but if you have experienced good Italian food maybe you would leave a little disappointedMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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CAFFE CENTRALE, Hamilton - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Caffe Centrale is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5