Babagatto

Babagatto

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+64 3-548 0444+ Add website
Hours
Wed
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Romagna
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Does this restaurant serve Lombard food?
PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Romagna
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles308 reviews
Excellent
258
Very good
30
Average
9
Poor
5
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Rona A
Nelson9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
Babagatto is a perfect dining experience of food, service and ambience - all without pretence. Homemade pasta, freshest salad, great fish, tiramisu and memorable coffee all at affordable prices. Served in the best service style of relaxed friendliness and impeccable dedication to quality. Generous portions. Checked tablecloths, friendly house wine refills, each table's bread baskets and olive oil/balsamic vinegar add just the right touches. Can't wait to return.
Written 1 January 2021
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Andrew B
Christchurch95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
We popped in for dinner on a quiet Monday night and struck up conversation with our host. Started with a small dry Prosecco. We were advised to share a pasta and then a Secondi meat dish. The host reccomended a nice Merlot by the glass and we went with his recommendation. We had the Carbonara which is not served with a creamy sauce. It was chock full of flavour and we loved it. But you would struggle to eat a whole dish as it is very rich. The ceviche Pork Belly is divine. Cooked very slowly for 72 hours. They have had to remove it from the normal menu as patrons refused to order any other dish. If it on as a special - order it.
Written 13 September 2020
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Lucy D
Dunedin10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Awesome service! We were seated promptly even without reservation, and the enthusiastic waiter (later found out his name was Raf) was very welcoming and funny. Nice atmosphere. We ordered homemade pork pasta and lasagna, and tiramisu for dessert. The food itself was good, but I think the amount could have been bigger (we paid $13 for a small mug of tiramisu). But other than that, our experience was great! The waiter occasionally checked in with us (me and my sister) and we shared good talks.
Written 20 January 2021
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David E
Leicester574 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We really enjoyed our visit here, but that was in-spite of the food rather than because of it. The owner is a ‘character’. We arrived before our friends and whilst we were waiting he put a half empty bottle of wine on our table and told us to help ourselves. This kind of informality continued throughout the evening with the owner keeping us amused and entertained with his banter. Unfortunately and surprisingly the food was not that great. The pasta was completely overcooked, the sauces did not give the appearance of having been freshly made, and the dishes were poorly presented. Was it perhaps the cooks night off - because other reviewers have praised the food highly?
Written 8 April 2020
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newkiwiWellington
West Sussex27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
A proper Italian restaurant! A basket of delicious bread is placed on your table as soon as you sit down. Every dish freshly prepared. A word of warning though, the tiramisu is delicious but probably hundreds of calories!
Written 22 February 2020
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amoroz65
London88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
We rocked up a little late and then realised they were closing. The lovely owner set us up outside under the umbrellas and although they were ready to go home they still managed to produce delicious pizzas. Very friendly staff and we felt unhurried sitting outside in the lovely January evening.
Written 10 January 2020
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Jacko05
Methven53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We loved eating at Babagatto, it is like walking into a little piece of Italy , especially with a warm and charming welcome from Raff, the charismatic host! We were given delicious bread , made by Raff, with oil and balsamic vinegar to dip, and Raff is straightaway offering us a delicious choice of wines which he pours for us to try. Raffs lovely service was a huge part of the whole evening and eating experience. We shared white anchovies and sardines for our entree, just amazing! I had spinach ravioli for my main. Perfect ! Simple, fresh and not too rich. Hubby had a pork belly dish. He absolutely adored it! This was was different to other pork belly dishes he had before, with thinner slices of pork belly, perfectly juicy and full of interesting flavours, especially the rich gravy. Susanna came out of the kitchen briefly after our main course and it was lovely to meet her. We had to try their tiramisu for desert and thank goodness we did! It is simply the best we have ever had, surprisingly not too filling or rich. We loved the tiramisu so much we couldn’t resist popping on for another one each the following evening. It was wonderful to be back at Babagatto again and we finished our meal with Limoncello recommended by Raff. Then a small amaretto prescribed by Susanna. We loved them both but the amaretto was our favourite! We can not fault our evening at Babagatto - delicious food and wonderful fun service! Thank you so much Rafa and Susanna, see you again !
Written 22 August 2020
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Jess
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 couples
Sorry but the so called home made pasta is not firm at all and over cooked, the lasagna is not layered but just like pasta, the Italian sausage minced pork tasted strange. The tiramisu is just a cup of sweet cream.The water glasses they gave to us were with lip stick and we had to ask the waiter to change.
Written 27 November 2020
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JoyRotorua
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and our wine glasses were generously filled with very good Italian wine - that was very reasonably priced. Our overall dining experience was tops - thoroughly enjoyable. Would highly recommend if you want to feel like you have just had a homely, tasty, delicious meal in Italy! It was a really really good meal, the Porchetta was sumptuous as were all our dishes! Good food, good service, good atmosphere, good prices.
Written 27 May 2022
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Markyparknz
Wellington72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 family
My 8 yr old daughter and I had an awesome early evening experience with authentic Italian food. The host was awesome, very welcoming and accommodating of a special request for pasta olio and Parmigiano. The tagliatelli was delicious, the wine awesome. Tiramisu and coffee also and very fine grappa. Great service, great food, great experience. Thanks Babagatto.
Written 27 January 2021
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Josh Lane
Cambridge23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
Delicious dinner and great Italian wines shared last night with friends. The friendly owner Raf took care of us well all night, making us feel welcome, showing a wonderful passion for Italian cuisine. Their homemade pasta’s were full of nice flavours, and so creamy! - This all made for an authentic Italian dining experience to remember. Grazie Mille Babagatto!
Written 21 August 2020
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Neil C
Nelson454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
Just two for lunch today. Carbonara for her, gnoochi for me. Raffaello out front is very informative with regard to Italian food and suggested a great wine which we thoroughly enjoyed. Relaxed surroundings and the laid-back style made for a very enjoyable lunch. Excellent.
Written 19 March 2021
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Lesley Langelaan
Mount Maunganui26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
Babagatto never fails to please and always lifts our mood (last night, this was right from the moment we rang to ask if they had a table free in 10 mins! 😂) Sadly we only manage to make it here about once a year but are always assured a warm welcome, it feels like being embraced into an Italian family home. The European accents from surrounding tables adds to that sensation. A good meal out in our eyes has to include delicious food (that I couldn’t or wouldn’t make at home), engaging, entertaining hosts, affordable but excellent wine and soul. Babagatto exudes all these qualities in spades! My tagliatelle was a plate of dreamy creamy deliciousness, perfectly seasoned with fab herbal notes (ok I’m getting a bit poetic here but it was just what I needed after a hard few weeks of work and stress). We went with the recommended red wines which were silky smooth and robust Italian/Sicilian and $11/glass and finished off with oozing chocolate unctuousness 😍 oh and the obligatory coffee… black, short and definitely not decaf! 😂 The owner is refreshingly and uncompromisingly honest about what to eat and drink and how and so he should be as he’s created perfection in this establishment! Go there! 💚🤍❤️
Written 1 February 2023
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ingridh173
Nelson141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We did not enjoy the meals we had at Babagatto. My husband had spaghetti carbonara, I had spaghetti pomodoro. Both meals had very little flavour and did not appear to be freshly cooked. In fact, the carbonara ($28) were the worst we ever had, and the tomatoes in the pomodoro tasted like out of a can. Not a pleasant experience - we will not go back.
Written 11 May 2021
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S L
Tauranga13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 friends
Loved this place! From stepping over the threshold to a very european farewell from Raffaello it was 5 star. Hes very amusing and made us feel right at home. All our meals of pasta were delicious, wine pours generous and desserts divine. Thank you, we'll be back
Written 19 July 2021
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