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“Menu needs a makeover”

La Padella Restaurant
Ranked #543 of 2,231 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Menu needs a makeover”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

We last went to La Padella many years ago and remember having a great time. Since then we've walked past on the way to the supermarket and the smell of the garlic bread was wonderful, we kept saying we must go back.
So we did and discovered very little had changed- this was not a good thing.
I'm sure the menu is the same as last time. Every sauce made with cream and the pizzas old standards of hawaiian, meatlovers, four seasons etc. Deserts were all served with chocolate sauce and more cream. The pasta dishes were tasty but really nothing you couldn't produce at home and the pizza base was soggy.
Decor is old school which was OK and the service was prompt and friendly but we really would suggest they try a few updated menu items including salads, vegetarian options and some more interesting pizzas - cooked properly.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food and great Service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is our favourite BYO restaurant in Auckland. Its decor is very basixc but the food magic. Its been owner by 3 rothers for 20 years and the standards have never changed , The service is impeccable and so relaxed. It is busy no matter what night you go so book first. Dont expect anything fancy in the Decor its very simple and small but beautiful food at good prices. They do takeaway too

Visited June 2013
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Thank Maree57
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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84 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is situated in the highland park mall and is well hidden if you don't know it is there.
The food is good and love going to this restaurant.
It has changed hands and is now owned by asian people which does seem strange as an italian restaurant. The service is good and price is reasonable.

Visited April 2013
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Thank dwyer5
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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144 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere and very popular”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We enjoyed this restaurant with friends, we found it busy which is a good sign, a few large groups were in the night we went which added to the atmosphere, the food was tasty, We had good service, we noticed that it was busy for takeaway food, you can take your own wine which is good, the menu is varied with something for everyone.
If I could fault anything it would be the table we were at was close to the till, hence people were back and forwards paying for takeaways, which when you are sitting and eating can be a bit of a nuisance.
But all in all we had a great night there and would go back again

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank athenry22
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“excellent italian restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I had a birthday dinner there. Great food, atmosphere and excellent service!!! The prices are fairly reasonable, although the portion of the pasta entree is a bit small. The restaurant was suppose to be closed by 9 but the owner never came over to let us know, and let us stay there until we were ready to go. I really enjoyed my night there!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Tess C
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