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“Just great Italian”

Venuti cucina italiana
Ranked #144 of 1,075 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 19, 2013

We love Italian food, and Venuti, just a couple of blocks from our motel rewarded us with classic fare. It was late, so we were glad of its late closing hour on a weeknight--and we were seated with no reservations. Christchurch can be very desolate at night, so we were thrilled to find this welcoming, bustling, restaurant so close by.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Originally the Portofino and now a name change and a new venue but without any loss of quality and still with plenty of Latin charm. The service was attentive and professional and all the staff were nicely attired so you felt like you were in a high class European bistro. The paradox is when you step outside where it felt like you had step into Bosnia rather than modern day NZ ,part of the charm of having a restaurant in the core of a devastated city during the rebuilding phase. The food was excellent and typical of a very good Italian restaurant. I had ravioli, which was excellent but the table had a mixture of steak, risotto and fish and all were well pleased with their meals .The food was nicely complimented by Akarua Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Happy to recommend this restaurant for good night out with friends.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Walked in without reservations but they found a nice table for two. Had a salad,a rich creamy pasta and a ham olive and anchovie pizza. All were delicious but the pizza was a tad salty as one should have expected. Pleasant atmosphere and a nice experience overall.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Booked a table for a busy friday evening here, was shown to a small table by the door, it was a bit cold sitting there though!! However, the food was very good and very tasty, nice choice on the menu and a good atmosphere.

Service was a little bit hit and miss, but over all, fine.

Will be back another day.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The restaurant is run by the same people that had another excellent Italian restaurant in Christchurch before the Earthquake. So it was like coming to a new restaurant but seeing the same people there.
Food was great as always and the service was quick and attentive.
Unfortunately they open really late and the location they are in makes it hard for foot traffic to just walk in. You need to know about the place to find it. It does not seem to matter as the place is packed every day.

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Thank Wala69
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