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“Great atmosphere, fabulous food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Andrea Ristorante Italiano

Andrea Ristorante Italiano
97 Tamaki Drive, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
(09) 528-5398
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Ranked #436 of 1,284 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Auckland
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“Great atmosphere, fabulous food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

The atmosphere here is fabulous. We particularly enjoyed watching the group of ladies making their own pasta under the supervision of chef Andrea. My partner & I shared a starter (salmon carpaccio) which, despite the simplicity of the dish, was full of flavour. We then each had a bowl of pasta. I had the delicious homemade chicken tortellini with a bolognaise sauce - absolutely amazing flavour, and a generous serving. My other half also had a bowl of pasta from the 'specials' menu and while he couldn't fault it he appeared to have a case of food envy after tasting mine. We decided we were too full for a dessert each, but not too full to share one. We have quite different preferences when it comes to dessert, but eventually settled on the waitress's recommendation. Unfortunately, the delight all came crashing down when we took a mouthful of what tasted like burnt honey. The main part of the dish (a parfait?) was potentially quite good, but was drizzled in a most foul tasting sauce - we had expected it to be unusual, but this was seriously unpleasant. Of course, being good kiwi's, we didn't make a fuss, didn't complain and thought maybe that this dessert just wasn't pleasant to our palates, and that a more discerning diner may have actually enjoyed it - certainly the waitress seemed to be recommending it on the basis of her own experience. I wouldn't hesitate to go back there again though - overall this place is fantastic, and has potential to become a favourite.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Ate here with another couple two nights...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

Ate here with another couple two nights ago. No wait for a table on the sidewalk, but inside was very busy (Saturday night, what do you expect?). Host was a Tongan and very welcoming. Ordered quickly but food seemed to take a very, very long time. Friends who arrived when we did left while we were just getting mains.

Ordered white bait fritter (yum), salmon risotto (very good), seafood pizza, and a spicy chicken fettuccine. Happy with the food and portion sizes.

Would go back.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Celebrated a relative's birthday here and was not overwhelmed at what we got for the price. Very casual and buzzy - perhaps we chose the wrong venue as it's probably very good on a quieter night with lower expectations. My fish was smothered in a tomato sauce that gave me heartburn later, or perhaps that was the wine ...

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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