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“So glad we went there” 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 #3 of 151 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Healthy
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“So glad we went there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Really enjoyed our evening at Leonardo's. The service was wonderful, they were fast but without lacking any friendliness. As regards the food, it was amazing, you could tell it had been cooked with such passion, it tasted every bit as good as it looked.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, June 15, 2014
We also are glad you came to us, thank you for the awesome review. See you next time
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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“Amazing people, amazing food, amazing atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Even without a reservation, the friendly staff went out if their way to accommodate us. The starters and mains were definitely with the recommendation, and the atmosphere was really fun!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant, and we'll definitely be back again next time we're in rotorua!! :)

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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Hi there, thank you so much for this fantastic review. I'll see you next time
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“Nice service and excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Our families are the first time to eat this restaurant,but i have to say their food are very delicious even we don't order many dishes they still smile always, so I am happy to recommend it.

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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Hi there, thank you so much , we are all looking forward to have you here once again. Take care
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Sydney, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent & tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

Cosy, local authentic restaurant with a very attentive owner providing great service. The menu covers all tastes but not pizza. Don't let this put you off - the filetto di manzo or pappardelle bolognese are superb.....as well as tiramisu.

Visited June 2014
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Hi there, thank you for this awesome review, please come and see us next time you are in town. Cheers
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“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were really excited about trying this restaurant as it has raving reviews on this site but unfortunately we left slightly disappointed. The food itself wasn't without merit - we ordered the antipasto which was TO DIE FOR and the tiramisu was nice (though not a very strong coffee taste) but the main was a big let down. I ordered the bolognese which ended up being a plate of mice with some overcooked pasta strewn through it. My dad ordered the seafood pasta - which although he said had a lovely taste - had three crabs in the mussels. The wine selection was superb and it had a nice atmosphere but I wouldn't rate it more than average.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Hi there, thank you for taking time and writing this reviw about us. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your evening with us, glad you enjoyed the antipasto and the tiramisu. About the pasta, well I apologies about the few straws of overcooked pasta, it is definitely a mistake that shouldn't happen, you should have point that out on the night, we would have go the extra mile to fix the problem. About the crabs they are quite normal when you use fresh mussels, living inside the shell they are difficult to spot untill we take the actual mussel out. I understand that the overcooked pasta put you off, but no way it was a "plate full of mince", it is done in the traditional way, like "nonna" used to make. Cheers
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