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“Beautiful authentic food and great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Leonardo's Pure Italian

Leonardo's Pure Italian
1176 Pukaki Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7084
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Ranked #2 of 154 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $8 - $31
Cuisines: Italian, Healthy
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Leonardo's is a small, family owned restaurant, Yuka and Leo have been in hospitality for more than 20 years all together. Our Menu is quite small only because we work only with the freshest products possible. For the same reason we change our menu very often, to try new flavours and recipe. The restaurant is open for dinner 7 nights a week.
Rotorua
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful authentic food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

I have been to Leonardos several times since it's opened. The owners, Leo and Yuka, are both great hosts and the chef is awesome.

The menu is changing all the time and everything is freshly made. You may find that some items on the menu are not available anymore towards the end of the evening because of this.

The restaurant is relatively small so i recommend you book a table because it fills up quite quick.

Loved everything I have tasted there other than one of the pasta dishes (cant remember which one but thought it lacked some flavour) but everybody else in my group thought it was real tasty so I guess that's just my taste buds.

Leave a bit of room for dessert because they're amazing - my favourite is the Tiramisu!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback, awesome, and thank you for being honest to us. The pasta we are talking about is probably the gorgonzola and fresh pear, as we had mixing reviews from day one, but I guarantee you that we took on board your advice and we are fixing them. See you next time
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Little restaurant punching well above it's weight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Cosy Italian restaurant just around corner from 'Eat Street'. Warm table service from the moment you step inside. Great selection of wines. Meal menu small but with variety that should suit most palates. Yum desserts! Leonardo's is a breath of fresh air, and some of the more established players in town could learn a thing or two from them!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Hi MrsGoodie, thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed it, and we hope to see you gain soon. About the menu, it's right, it is small, but only because we make fresh everything everyday, we change it quite often, following the market and using the freshest products possible. Thank you again
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perfect italian with lovely ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Came here with a group of friends and was warmly greeted by the owner (Leo). Lovely warm atmosphere -we started with the antipasto and bread platters - delicious with a great Italian wine. I had the fillet steak for mains - beautifully cooked, it came with roast veggies. The best bit was the dessert - we had tiramisu which is an ultimate favourite of mine - it was Divine!!!! Reasonably priced, great service and very good food - couldn't fault it really - we will definitely be back!!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you so much for the feedback, it is so valuable for us. Keep an eye on us, as we change items on the menu quite often. See you next time
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Cosy wee place. Nice seeing the kitchen and watching the chef cook. Could tell the pasta was freshly cooked from scratch! Lovely

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback, looking forward to have you again
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“AAA++++ recommend 100%”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I have dinned here twice once with a group and another with my mother. As soon as you walk in you are seen to and exaclty what the plan is. A nice cosy warm little set up with a geat ambience. My group table started off with an antipasto platters yum.I had the eye fillet steak was cooked to perfection i aslo have had the chicken meal ammmazing!! Taste explosion... the menu is very well priced for what you get . The wine menu has a good selection. The panna cotta vanilla flavour goodness with raspberry compote just enough and finish the night.The guests i took along enjoyed all there meals to,fresh pasta and saucses. Sevice is very good and efficiant. So good to see a little place like this in rotorua. I will be back !!! :):):)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Manager at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Awesome feedback thank you so much, We are so pleased that you decided to come back, stay tuned for more grandma's recipes. Cheers
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