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192 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
+64 3-355 4744
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Ranked #99 of 591 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $29
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: For a takeaway pizza or an authentic Italian dining experience, Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is one of the most popular restaurants in Christchurch. Dining at Tutto Bene is a unique and authentically Italian experience. As you step through the doors, you are instantly transported to a delightful piece of Italy tucked away in Merivale, Christchurch. Owned and operated by an Italian family, Tutto Bene assures you of a warm and enthusiastic Italian greeting. Inside, you'll see tables covered with charming red- and white-chequered cloths, and walls lovingly adorned with Italian memorabilia, including soccer-themed items for the sports fans. And if you just want to pick up a takeaway pizza or two, Tutto Bene creates some of the best pizzas in Christchurch - gourmet, hand-stretched pizza cooked in a traditional Italian brick oven. From authentic flavours such as Margherita to the New Zealand Favourite, with luscious tomato, pineapple and ham for Kiwi taste-buds, there's a pizza for everyone. You can also pick up delicious pastas, salads and calzones to take away. And after you've sampled Italian food at its best, you'll understand just why Tutto Bene is one of Christchurch's most popular restaurants.

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great food and service would definitely eat here again! Very authentic and tasty Italian food with friendly waitstaff and a nice atmosphere to boot

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Not horrible, but really nothing special either. I ordered a risotto dish and my wife had pasta. The only thing flavorful about her dish was the sausage, and mine really could have used some salt or something. For the prices, we were really expecting more.

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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Don't go here unless you're very hungry because the servings are very generous! And very delicious as well as very reasonably priced. Unbelievable pizza and pasta! A medium pizza will feed two hungry adults. Good news - you can take home what you don't eat! Best restaurant ever!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We visited the restaurant, following the recommendations in our guide book. The meals we ordered first were not available. The risotto was tasteless and the crust of the pizza was too thick, not like a real Italian pizza. Maybe the restaurant became too popular. Ingrid and Peter, Netherlands

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macar0ni, Public Relations Manager at Tutto Bene, responded to this review

Hi Ingrid and Peter. Welcome to New Zealand! - we hope you are enjoying your travel experience in our little corner of the world.. We apologise that your first choice of meal was not available the evening you dined with us; our maitre d’ said there was one night recently when (due to higher-than-normal demand) we ran out of two... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My sister and I walked into the restaurant without reservations, and were seated immediately. The staff were friendly and helpful. I got served the best steak I've ever had (and I've had a few!). I felt a bit silly ordering steak in an italian restaurant, but it was so worth it. When I initially saw the prices on the menu,... More 

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macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene, responded to this review

Wow great photo Andrea! Glad to have been of service. On behalf of the team... "CHEERS" for the upbeat feedback. Look forward to seeing you again soon :) Paige from Tutto Bene. More 

Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Arrived without booking when restaurant quite full. But treated very well, and only a short wait to order. service very attentive. Food copious and delicious. Steak very tender .Wine excellent. Tiramisu to die for!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This establishment wouldn´t survive a week in any European city,town or village. To pretend that you have an Italian menu by giving all the dishes an Italian name is an old trick, but then you have to teach the staff the names in Italian too....I´ve never had this tasteless food in any Italian restaurant ever. Last time was behind the... More 

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macar0ni, Owner at Tutto Bene, responded to this review

Dear LarsHolmer, Our vibrant Italian restaurant has been ticking along happily in Merivale for over 10 years. Luckily, I have never lived "behind the iron curtain" so am unable to comment on your comparison. We have a wide and varied menu and I guarantee there is something that will tickle each and every person's taste buds. Our vegetables are the... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Food came out fast and was really tasty, it is in a wee restaurant and I feel that adds to the charm of it, can be a bit pricey but worth it for a once in a while meal as the food was great

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Leeds
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We walked into Tutto Bene without a reservation on a very busy night leading up to Christmas. We were seated immediately in the back dining room that opens to a patio for outdoor seating. The restaurant appears to be frequented mostly by locals. The service was very good, wine priced fairly reasonably although a bit on the high side. The... More 

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macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene, responded to this review

Dear retired1209, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience with us. I'm so glad we were able to find a space for you on such a busy night and that you enjoyed your meal, the ambiance, service and range of dishes on offer. Thank you also for your kind words. Of course, we welcome all... More 

Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We had dinner and the outset, it looked like a very promising authentic Italian restaurant. The dishes arrived and looked very appetising but somehow the taste was always uninspiring. Not impressed and not worth the money in my books.

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macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene, responded to this review

Dear Mohan P, Thank you for reviewing your recent dining exxperience with us. Our aim at Tutto Bene is to provide an excellent overall experience with a lively, Italian atmosphere, great menu, tasty meals and friendly, relaxed, efficient service. Tutto Bene has been operating in Merivale for around 10 years and many of the dishes on the extensive menu you... More 

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Additional Information about Tutto Bene

Address: 192 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-355 4744
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 29
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta

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