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Italian, European, Mediterranean
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

Honesty up front. This is my fourth time here, and if you read only the next paragraph you would ask yourself why. Before covid, we came with another couple and we left feeling that it was over priced and underachieving. Then another couple invited us...at their expense and we gave it a second shot. And we were still underwhelmed. A month ago we had some overseas visitors to stay and in gratitude they too invited us to La Spiaggia, on them. And we had a great evening - good food, good service, good company - but we didn't see the bill so we didn't know where it fits. So this week we went with another couple, sharing 50/50. We got a table by the window - great start. The pizza bread entre was outstanding - had us all swiping the crust in the oil residue to grab the last of the flavour. Nice beer - one no alcohol, one hazy ipa. The ladies stuck with tap water, nicely chilled though. The first waitress, young and good, but struggled a little, perhaps because of my terrible hearing. Another waitress seemed to take over and she was excellent - read the table well, lovely sense of humour. Two had pizzas - both excellent. One had duck, quite plain but delicious, and enough to leave a bit to take home. One had veal marsalla, also excellent (as it had been for one of us a few weeks ago). Nice glass of red wine, if somewhat expensive for what it was. Each couple shared a dessert - one was three flavours of gelato - pronounced very good indeed (but I've never had a bad gelato anywhere in the world). One was a creme brulee - very very nice. Then the bill - this time we had full visibility. And what a pleasant surprise. For 4 people it seemed no dearer than the memory of our first visit pre-covid, and yet we all know how much costs and prices have gone up since then. Four adults (the two males well over 6' and healthy appetites) left utterly replete. Two beers and one glass of wine. Great service. Very good food indeed. All for under $70 a head. Now that's very good value indeed on today's market. We live within walking distance and we had hoped, when it opened, that it could become our regular local. Sadly, as pensioners we can't afford to visit as often as we'd like to. But it's now firmly on our list of places to take special visitors, including an Italian friend who loves in Aussie, next time he comes. If only they allowed byo wine I would definitely come more often. There are two reasons I prefer to bring my own. (A) I get exactly what I want, and usually at pretty good prices. (B) I decant my bottle and pour it back and forth a few times, and it makes a massive difference. An OK wine can come alive, sharpness gone and flavour bursting forth. So I don't mind paying corkage. But I get it - the restaurant depends on liquor for a good part of its profit. We'll be back - not sure when, but I look forward to it. There are a number of dishes I want to try, and that's not something I can say about every place. Well done Maria and team.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024

La Spiaggia is simply consistently the best Italian food I have had any where in the world, outside of Italy. Each dish is good with extreme care, and Maria will make sure you are waited on like you're a member of the family. I have...now tried about eight items on the menu and I have never had anything at La Spiaggia that wasn't outstanding. If you're unsure about what to try I recommend starting with the Pollo Involtini. Call it an italian version of Chicken Cordon Bleu. And the kicker to the whole dish are the rosemary roasted potatoes-- my grandmothers roasted potatoes are crying in anguish that they can't taste as good as these do, and they were the previous gold standard. So, I heartily recommend that you try La Spiaggia. If you're lucky, you can sneak in about 5 pm and grab an empty table before the dinner crowd really starts to come in at 7 pm. But if you want to be sure, call several days ahead for a reservation. This restaurant is always packed. And the view out of the window of Murrays Bay is just aweome!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024

Amazing venue. Friendly great family service. Top Italian food hard to beat in Auckland! Snapper and Lemon Rissotto was amazing as was the pork belly and creme brele with sorbet. Will be back again very soon! 11/10

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024

A lovely Italian restaurant. The owners are kind Sicilian people who go out of their way to make customers happy. Great food. Everything we have eaten has always been excellent.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

It's the BEST pasta I've ever had! OMW, words can't describe!! Staff was amazing, food was divine... I'll go back every day!!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 July 2023

The first time we visited. It was very busy but we were seated and looked after very quickly. The staff were very attentive and friendly. It is a rustic Italian restaurant. Food and drinks were ordered quickly and were served quickly. Portion sizes are very...big. We had the lasagne which was tasty. Also, the marinara pasta was full of shellfish. Best thing was teh fresh garlic pizza starters. We will be back.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 June 2023

This restaurant would have to be the best Italian Restaurant in New Zealand. We are from Christchurch and every visit to Auckland which is about 10 times per year we take our extended family for dinner at this restaurant. If we are in Auckland for...7 days we visit a minimum of 5 times. Can recommend this restaurant to anyone that likes Italian food.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 April 2023

Highly satisfied with La Spaggia Italian Restaurant! The Italian food & the service are probably the best in Auckland, New Zealand. This Italian Restaurant is managed professionally by fantastic & charming Maria.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023 via mobile

Amazing food, superb service! Maria, Steff and Isabela were absolute stars! (Sorry for the other staff I don’t recall their names) Went with wife and kids and they made us feel at home. I’m a gnocchi addict and this is always my first choice to...try an Italian restaurant. They’ve made with all glorious! Place is extremely clean and with an amazing atmosphere for family and friends. Highly recommend and can’t wait to go back!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2022

I had a bad experience the first visit and recently decided to give it another try. What a difference. The staff were good and the food superb.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022

First time I visited and was blown away by the taste of the food that is simply delicious Italian cuisine. Staff are very friendly and professional, my new favourite by all counts.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 29 April 2022

Each time we come up to Auckland, we always make a point of booking a table at this wonderful place. The food, the venue, the service - all exceptional, every single time. Do yourself a favour and go to this place. You will not regret...it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 2 February 2022

From arrival to dessert, it was engaging. In a fully packed restaurant, we were a group of 10 - even the most minor menu changes were not an issue. We started with pizza bread, as you do. Then most of the pasta's were on our...table at some stage — no complaints from anyone. Think about the last time you had ten people eating with no complaints. Of course we finished with Tiramasu and Crème Brulèe. Why would you not?More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 15 January 2022

Another wonderful dining experience at this lovely venue with a view. Lovely warm family! Nothing is too much trouble.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 13 January 2022

The food is excellent, the wine list is good, and the service is impeccable. We had such a great group lunch - lots of wonderful food and fun times thanks to the team at La Spiaggia - Stef and Maria made us so welcome thanks

Date of visit: December 2021
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susanjlowe
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Response from la_spiaggia470 | Property representative |
Hi, we are only fully licensed sorry.
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Response from la_spiaggia470 | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we have gluten free options, such as penne pasta and the majority of our dishes are gluten free. However we are unable to provide gluten free pizza bases due to our woodier oven.
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Yes you can look on our website. Type Laspiaggia on google I cannot place link here unfortunately, doesn’t allow it.
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