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“Best italian food in NZ”

Leonardo's Pure Italian
Ranked #15 of 237 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $29
Cuisines: Italian, Healthy
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, 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.
Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Best onion soup ever, and the bruschetta set was absolutely divine, must order it! Service was friendly and attentive, were checked on quite a few times to see if we needed anything else. We ordered the gnocci and lamb, which were both great, but we thought we should hv ordered the special risotto of the night as it looked amazing~! Booked a table on a wednesday night at 8pm, place was busy but not completely full, so if you go without reservation you might still be able to get a table.

Thank Rarooso
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Hi there, awesome review, thank you. The risotto was a big hit for the night, honestly, if you give us a day ahead and ask for it when you make your booking, I promise we will make it for the night. So many of our regular customer asking us for different specials when they come...Cheers

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was a delightful find in central Rotorua. We booked in advance for a Saturday evening and would certainly not have had a table without doing so.
We shared excellent Bruschetta with four toppings to start with and followed this with a seafood spaghetti and linguine with gorgonzola, pear and walnut. Both were made using fresh pasta and the seafood spaghetti contained delicious, green lipped mussels.
With a ‘Peroni’ each and a shared tiramisu, the bill was just under $100.
Our waitress was delightful and advised us on our order, pointing out that one Bruschetta was ample to share as a starter.
Would certainly return.

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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Hi there, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your evening, please come and see us again next time you are in town, we will transform that 4 stars to a 5 stars experience. Cheers

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The rating of this restaurant is truly deserved. We ate here without a reservation and hence had an outside table. Even so service was excellent and the food fantastic. It's clear everyone involved has not only great love of the food they are cooking/serving but the ingredients were first rate with a clear sourcing policy.

If I get back to Rotorua again I'd love to eat here again.

Thank chrisuHertford
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Thank you so much, there is not much to say about your review, onlythat we wait you next time you are in town. Cheers

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Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

There were 4 of us: 2 couples. We had 2 kinds of delicious antipasto & marvelous food.
The wine was very good too & so was the service!
I'd definitely go back!!

Thank MissNatai
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LeonardoandYuka, Owner at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

And great customers too. See you next time

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went here based on reviews and were not disappointed; most of the diners were locals, always a good sign. Since it is small, booking ahead is important. On short notice, we were able to get an early spot outdoors, and when my wife said that she was cold, the waiter was able to move us inside despite it being full. The bruschetta was fantastic as a starter and our pasta and lamb special were extremely good. A very friendly place despite the bustle because it is so small and popular.

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Thank wymanz2go
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LeonardoandYuka, Manager at Leonardo's Pure Italian, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Hi there, thank you so much for taking time and write the review about us. We are all looking forward to have you here again for some more delicious food. Regards

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