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Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
(07) 386 8821
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Worst Italian Restaurant in the world.

I've been in all 50 states, and eaten in many of them and in Canada. This is the only bad one I've ever eaten in. They lied to us about their pasta, it was spicy hot, which my wife Margie cannot eat. They were extremely rude when we asked for either a replacement or a refund, and later I had... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Jim C
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Moorpark, California
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Wellington, New Zealand
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We have eaten here several times over the years, and it is as good as ever. Lovely hostess, authentic decor, great food,

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Moorpark, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I've been in all 50 states, and eaten in many of them and in Canada. This is the only bad one I've ever eaten in. They lied to us about their pasta, it was spicy hot, which my wife Margie cannot eat. They were extremely rude when we asked for either a replacement or a refund, and later I had... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Staff were polite and were prompt with service. The cabonara was cheap packet pasta with a heap of cracked pepper. The T-bone was spot on. Mussels were average. Scollops were grose, and the balsamic reduction with the lamb was over powering. All in all a very disappointing meal to say the least. BK for tea tomorrow night.

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Hamilton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Not a place I recommend. The staff was a rude and arrogant. Eat at the Hong Kong restaurant down the road on the right. The owner there greeted us nicely and provided a great meal. Valentino's needs to learn how to treat customers.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Beautiful place to go for a great meal, loved the atmospher and the workers. The food was amazing. Will be back again. Grazie

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had an unexpected one night stay in Turangi and made the mistake of selecting Valentinos Restaurant. We had been to the hotel across the road for a pre dinner drink and should have stayed there for the bar meal. Valentinos is a very very disapointing place for a Itanian meal. The service is friendly and prompt but the food... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Over the years my husband and I have eaten at Valentino's probably 6 - 8 times, and every time it's been great. We were travelling north yesterday evening, and decided to stop the night in Turangi....mainly because it was a good chance to go to Valentino's again. We arrived at the motel just after 7.30pm and I phoned the restaurant... More 

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Redondo Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Local family run authentic Italian eatery. Started with scallops-very good, and a green salad. I ordered pasta bolognese-excellent. Wife ate rosemary lamb in balsamic reduction-excellent. Raspberry sundae for dessert. Nice local wines too. Service was attentive and educational for we Americans . Fair prices. We recommend it to all!

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Perth
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Small, quiet and friendly restaurant. Family run with lovely genuine service. The food was very good and inexpensive. Extensive bar available with an interesting collection of liqueur bottles.

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Hokitika
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Where do I start. My sister, her two friends and I booked into this restaurant for my birthday dinner on the 27th September 2014. The lady who greeted us was pleasant. She came and got our drink orders in a timely fashion. We were then presented with the menu. I ordered a T Bone steak, my sisters friends ordered spag... More 

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Address: Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
Phone Number: (07) 386 8821
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
Cuisine: Italian, Pub

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  • Address: Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: (07) 386 8821

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pub

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