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Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 Pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 Pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. Wifi. Open seven days a week.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Italian, Pizza, European
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Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Gift Cards Available, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Digital Payments
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky we got a table as the restaurant was packed. We loved their crispy polenta chips. Garlic pizza was light and fluffy. My prawn linguine was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the Mediterranean salad to accompany our mains. My husband also enjoyed his...pizza. Lovely atmosphere, people enjoying themselves. Looks like the locals love it too. Service was good, didn’t have to wait for a long time for food to appear.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Omg! Soooo delicious. Tricky to find but so worth the search. Polenta Chips, Gnocchi with beef cheek, Lamb Ragu…faultless. Fantastic service from everyone. Gelato and Bombadino ❤️❤️

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 11 June 2022

All the locals know it’s the Best food in town and friendly attentive staff. Authentic wholesome pasta, pizza, ragu, risottoand fresh salads covers all food requests - great kids menu too. Dessert was delicious. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 May 2022

Unfortunately all our friends who insisted we eat here had been pre covid. When we went to eat the menu was small unless you wanted pizza and when studying the menu we were told no chicken sorry . The lamb ragu was nice but both...the pizzas sadly lacking and undercooked bases. Maybe because the pizza maker was rushed off his feet not sure. Restaurant was full and the takeouts flat out.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 24 April 2022

Below average chicken ravioli, tough with miniscule chicken inside. Entree size portion for the main. Lamb ragu was just a little meat sauce, mostly pasta, no meat chunks, only 2 olives halved! Asked for parmesan and got tiny amount. None was on meal when it...came. Asked for more parmesan. Didn't return! Beckoned waiter over. Sorry, no parmesan left. Even brought us the plastic container with parmesan ends to verify his story. Offered pecorina which was totally fine for me so they didn't need to just ignore us! Said they'd been "SO BUSY". Hello, Easter and Anzac have been on the social calendar for some time, this is busy Wanaka! Saw parmesan at New World on way home - would it be too hard to pop down and purchase some to save face for rest of the evening (we had left at 6.30pm). Waiter had an excuse for each of our complaints. Asked for slice of bread, no had to buy a whole board for $13. Didn't eat it. Worst meals ever. My friend is local and has eaten there for years. I've eaten a few times. We won't be back!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 22 February 2022 via mobile

Rating base on overall experience: Food: 3.5⭐️ (saved by cannoli) Service: 5⭐️ Value : 5⭐️. Friendly service, smiley and genuine staff. Great location and nice ambience, good view of the mountain. Entree and pasta was just ok, nothing special. But I really enjoy the cannoli....😋. Will definitely visit this place again.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 19 February 2022

Loved our dinner here! Super efficient yet genuinely friendly servers who delivered faultless, professional service and amazing rustic Italian cuisine. A memorable evening, molte grazie!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 14 February 2022

One of my favourites during our time in Wanaka, so much so went twice in 5 days! This is the one place I was wishing my husband had been with me to experience it. On both occasions we were lucky enough to snag one of...the winter greenhouse type rooms set up outside the front of the restaurant...this is SO COOL! What a great vibe, they are cosy, warm, it's easy to talk and hear each other, the service was exceptional and the food absolutely delicious. This is will be one on top of my list to return to.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 28 January 2022 via mobile

Tasty takeaway gluten free pizza. Restaurant phoned after order was placed online to ensure we knew they would take care with the food but they weren’t a dedicated gluten free kitchen. They took note of coeliac & pleased to say there was no reaction, we...will dine/ takeaway from here againMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022 via mobile

Great service, great food, nothing to fault! Was a lovely experience with reasonably priced food and drink also. My boyfriend and I came on last Saturday night, he also thought it was great. The meals are a very decent size.

Date of visit: January 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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