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Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria

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192 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8146, New Zealand
+64 3-355 4744
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Description: For a lively dining experience, Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria,...
For a lively dining experience, Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, in the heart of Merivale, is one of the most popular restaurants in Christchurch.

As you step through the doors, you are transported to a “little piece of Italy”; a lovingly-amassed collection of Italian memorabilia adorns the walls, strains of Italian music fill the air and the atmosphere is bustling.



The culinary vision at Tutto Bene is to create dishes where the ingredients shine through – fresh and authentic. The hard-working team prepares many ingredients in-house, including smoked salmon, smoked chicken, Italian sausage, gnocchi, lasagne, ricotta, marscapone, ciabatta, grissini, gelato, sorbet and biscotti.

The menu is varied; delicious main courses (including steak and lamb) sit alongside pasta dishes and Tutto Bene’s renowned hand-stretched pizza. An extensive Italian wine list completes the picture.



Tutto Bene has long been a firm favourite for groups with set menus tailored to the occasion.



During the warmer months, the al fresco dining area, overlooking our conservation reserve garden and stream is a magical spot.



We look forward to welcoming you.



Open 7 days a week from 5.00pm until late


Fully licenced

Takeaway menu available

Location: 192 Papanui Road (directly opposite the main entrance to Merivale Mall).
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Favorite Italian

Best Italian in christchurch. Great atmosphere always busy with the loud friendly owner doing the rounds. Food is excellently delivered and well priced

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Rhys D
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The carbonara was almost tasteless and the only thing I could taste was garlic olive oil.The t-bone was tasteless as well.However,the staff were helpful and friendly,and the atmosphere was fine.

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Thank sirsovietsquid
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On a recent visit we we staying nearby, and tempted by the many positive reviews. Simple Italian food is what we both enjoy, and we looked forward to some classic Italian food done well - but we were very disappointed. Before commenting any further I should point out that I own an Italian Cafe/Restaurant at the top of the South... More 

Helpful?
Thank PTM19
macar0ni, Owner at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Hello PTM19. The Tutto Bene team thanks you for your thoughtful review. You are correct; for a number of reasons we have, of late, faltered in our consistent delivery of the legendary Tutto Bene Experience. We are working especially hard to correct deficiencies. Let us know if there is any way we can compensate you for your negative experience. All... More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Best Italian in christchurch. Great atmosphere always busy with the loud friendly owner doing the rounds. Food is excellently delivered and well priced

Helpful?
Thank Rhys D
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Cheers Rhys D; that's great to hear. More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there with my boyfriend on Sunday, around 8:30 pm and the atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice. Good music playing, friendly and enthusiastic staff. The interior is beautiful and the lightning very pleasant . The walls are full of funny pictures, very entertaining. But the highlight is the food. I had the fish of the day served... More 

Helpful?
Thank Déborah A
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us Deborah A. Great choices for your dinner - our steaks are really popular with those who love steak and the fish of the day was an inspired counter-balance. Hope to see you again in the not-too distant future... Best wishes from us. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The great setting, lively hum and efficient service sadly could not lift the rating of our meal for six. The prawn entrees were pronounced "Not good," and the garlic bread was dry and tasteless. Those that had cannelloni or lasagne for a main said they were quite nice. I've ordered vegetarian risotto in many restaurants but I have to say... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sue617
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Dear Sue617, Thank you for your review; we value your feedback. We are working hard to achieve a consistently high standard. This has proven to be problematic for three of our dishes, which we are now focussing on. Please accept our apologies for the disappointing experience. Please email me before you next dine with us so I can compensate you... More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasant place to eat with attentive and helpful staff. We really enjoyed our food. The pizza bread was enough for 3 or 4 people so don't order too many dishes. Portion sizes are reasonably generous. Desserts were popular. We shared one. Would happily eat their again.

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Thank Sheryl W
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

...and we are really looking forward to welcoming you again Sheryl W. Thank you for sharing your experience. Kind regards Paige (Team Tutto Bene). More 

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101 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff here really go the extra mile. The service is impeccable. The food is to die for. The atmosphere is electric. Equally the best place in Christchurch for exquisite cuisine! We will be back time and time again, keep it up Tutto Bene!

Helpful?
Thank Cheryl B
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Lovely, Cheryl B. Thanks very much for your continued custom. See you soon! Best wishes from all of the team. More 

Basel, Switzerland
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I looked on tripadvisor, I knew this is a good restaurant. Well...it might be. But not when I was there. The service was at the beginning fast, at the end slowy. The starter had some bread but not enough for us. So we ordered some more, without knowing the price. On the bill we saw then that 5 pieces... More 

Helpful?
Thank Frille
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Hello Frille and thank you for your review - the restaurant owner remembers you well. You are right; our pizza style is rather luxurious and we like our customers to feel replete when they leave.. We're pleased your table enjoyed the limoncello - buonissimo! Best wishes from the Team. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tutto Bene seems like a ristorante you could find in Italy... warm, full, humming with talk and laughter, and of course the delicious food! I had the gnocchi which was incredible, my friend had the pizza which was also wonderful. We'll be coming back!

Helpful?
Thank b0bparr
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Hi b0bparr and thanks for the review; you summarised the ambience at Tutto Bene nicely. We are glad you loved our gnocchi and pizza (maybe next time you can squeeze in one of our excellent desserts). Arrivederci a presto, Paige (Team Tutto Bene). More 

Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We picked this restaurant after seeing all the reviews in Trip Advisor! A traditional Italian restaurant, seems to be a local favorite one. We stay in indoor but they also have seats outdoor. Specially recommended: tiramisu & pizza

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Thank Lilianna C
macar0ni, Guest Relations Manager at Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, responded to this review

Greetings Lilianna C, We are happy Trip Advisor lead you to us and happier you enjoyed your meal here. Buon viaggio e arrivederci, The Team at Tutto Bene. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 192 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8146, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-355 4744

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 26
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

Description

For a lively dining experience, Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, in the heart of Merivale, is one of the most popular restaurants in Christchurch.

As you step through the doors, you are transported to a “little piece of Italy”; a lovingly-amassed collection of Italian memorabilia adorns the walls, strains of Italian music fill the air and the atmosphere is bustling.



The culinary vision at Tutto Bene is to create dishes where the ingredients shine through – fresh and authentic. The hard-working team prepares many ingredients in-house, including smoked salmon, smoked chicken, Italian sausage, gnocchi, lasagne, ricotta, marscapone, ciabatta, grissini, gelato, sorbet and biscotti.

The menu is varied; delicious main courses (including steak and lamb) sit alongside pasta dishes and Tutto Bene’s renowned hand-stretched pizza. An extensive Italian wine list completes the picture.



Tutto Bene has long been a firm favourite for groups with set menus tailored to the occasion.



During the warmer months, the al fresco dining area, overlooking our conservation reserve garden and stream is a magical spot.



We look forward to welcoming you.



Open 7 days a week from 5.00pm until late


Fully licenced

Takeaway menu available

Location: 192 Papanui Road (directly opposite the main entrance to Merivale Mall).
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?