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Leonardo's Pure Italian

1099 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7084
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1099 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous family dinner, great service and accommodating chef's. Fussy kid's were able to choose their sparse pizza toppings unique to them. The risotto was exquisite, incredibly delicious as were the tirimiso and cheesecake. With out a doubt would dine here again.

1  Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 6 days ago

On the drive to Rotorua, we were hankering for Italian, so finding the well-reviewed Leonardo's just half a block from our hotel was kismet. One of the reviews we read was so odd---that Leonardo's wasn't Italian enough---it piqued our interest. Either the chef/owner went slightly...More

1  Thank jamieatl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really tried. But in the end, I must be honest and say that it was the worst 'Italian' food experience of my entire life. That being said, I'm still relatively young, thank god. Only 40 years old and 30 spent half in France and...More

4  Thank FrenchChefAuckland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely night at this restaurant. Breads yummy, pasta soooooo good, house wine lovely, sad we couldn’t stay for dolce vita .... very family friendly, warm cosy and welcoming. ThankYou

Thank HunnyP0t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has the makings of a first-class Italian eatery, the food is very good considering the chef is not Italian! Nor is anyone else in the place! Maybe someone at the door who could try and speak a bit of Italian would help, even playing...More

2  Thank chiliwilinz
Leonardospure, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. Just to understand:you had a great, dining experience, service was good, but you complaining because nobody spoke to you in Italian, or the music was not italian. Mia nonna, quando ho lasciato l'Italia, mi ha dato un libretto...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an awesome night I had at Leonardos yummy food and what great service beautiful fresh pasta/ antipasto I can't wait to go back there soon thanks ladies

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here in June. It was a great choice of a restaurant on the busy Eat Street. We dined inside and it was cosy and warm. We shared an entree, which was delicious, and both had pastas. The food was delicious, the staff were...More

Thank Jenn175
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We came here at a very busy time (it's at the end of "eat street", a busy place). It was cold, we wanted a place to sit near the heater outdoors and they just left us there, saying they'd move a table for us when...More

1  Thank MamooseNz
Leonardospure, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Hi there, I am really sorry you didn't have a great experience with us, I just spoke to my girls and I can ensure nobody was rude to you, definitely not our style. I would like to state the facts how they actually went, for...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We at Leonardos over the weekend, we indulged in the antipasto and both had the traditional carbonara. The antipasto was amazing the carboanara was pasta made fresh on site- perfect amount, seasoned well and so delicous. We had a lovely waitress that was very attentive...More

Thank renaldo360
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Have been in Rotorua 6 months now and finally tried Leonardo’s - what an amazing hidden gem. Always looked at this place as some type of pizza joint - but it is the exact opposite with a compact, very traditional, Italian menu. There was four...More

Thank Pukekawa
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Stephanie H
14 April 2018|
Response from Leonardospure | Property representative |
Hi there,thank you so much for your enquiry. We can definitely cater for your needs as everything we make is done with love by ourselves, in the premise using only the best ingredients possible. I hope that helps, looking... More
Scott D
2 August 2015|
Response from Leonardospure | Property representative |
no sorry we don't have the licence for BYO. cheers
24 July 2015|
Response from Leonardospure | Property representative |
we are on eat street now !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1099 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-347 7084
  • E-mail
Leonardo's is a small, family owned restaurant, Yuka and Leo have been in hospitality for more than 20 years all together. Our Menu is quite small only because we work only with the freshest products possible. For the same reason we change our menu very often, to try new flavours and recipe. The restaurant is open for dinner 7 nights a week.
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