Liv W. said: "The service here was lively, fun and attentive. Our chatty Italian waiter was open to a bit of banter, which suited our mood for a relaxed business lunch. There’s a lovely covered outdoor area at the front, which is…" read more »
We made a booking for 5 people for my mum’s birthday on a Wednesday evening. I booked for 6:30pm, and was advised we would have to be out by 8pm for the next booking which is fine. We arrived on time and had to wait 40 minutes before requesting from waitress to place out orders. 1 hour 20 mins later, our mains started dripping out. By the time the last main was out, the first two mains were cold. Upon complaining, Justin (or whatever the owner & chef’s name is) started yelling at us. Ruined my Mum’s birthday, and quite sad because the food is good.
What is everyone on about in these reviews? Italian wait staff are the rudest people in the business. The French will at least PRETEND to be courteous. Anyway I found the waitresses here to be great.
I’ve been here once with a date, it was recommended by others.
The decor is a bit dated but I don’t care about that.
It’s hard enough to find a restaurant in auckland that serves good quality food and also when they spend a lot on the decor that shows me that the focus is not on the food.
And also that expensive decor will come out of the price of the meal.
Bosco Verde serves unpretentious great tasting food.
The only gripe I have is that I wanted more of their yummy food. I had a chicken dish and my date had a vegetarian pizza which I had a slice of and I still could have eaten some more. It was great.
Greenwood’s corner is a one stop shop. You can get a delicious pie from the Bakery for lunch,then for dinner you can get a great meal from Bosco Verde then it’s off to the 574 club for a bit of how’s your father.
I have eaten at this little gem of a restaurant many, many times. I am perplexed to read the scathing comments written by some previous patrons. I LOVE this restaurant for so many reasons – the service is excellent, the atmosphere is cosy, the food is always, always impeccable, and the price is very reasonable. I will continue to go back again and again – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!
We have dined at the Bosco Verde for many years. The owner Julian is charming, always greets us like old friends, the waitresses are lovely and attentive and the other chefs delightful too. It is a cosy, comfortable, intimate little restaurant. The food is always delicious. It is advisable to book, especially on weekends, public holidays etc., as the Bosco Verde is so popular.
The owners have done a fantastic job theming the restaurant as early nineties Italian. The only things missing are the candles in Chianti bottles and the Gypsy Kings.
We should have booked but thought it would not be necessary on a Monday night. They did however fit us in which was great as it is the only Italian in the local area.
As they were busy the food did take a while but it was well worth the wait. My Bistecca buon Gustaiao was cooked to perfection. The service from the two very busy girls was excellent.
More ‘premium price” & cheerful than cheap and cheerful.
The decor may be old, but the food is always delicious. This restaurant doesn’t take EFTPOS but there is an ASB across the road. The olives are amazing and the garlic bread. I always enjoy going here.
Have been going to Bosco Verde for years, great food, good staff and the owner has always been welcoming. Don’t care about decor, we go for the food. Hubbie loves the eye fillet and the vegies are great. Will keep returning.
We decided to go to Bosco Verde last week as we had not been for some time. I was a bit worried because of the below review – however I was, like always, extremely impressed with the service and the amazing food at Bosco Verde. I left this restaurant feeling extremely satisfied. The pork meal is my favourite! Will 100% be back asap.
Thought we would check out this little restaurant. We found it not licensed with no Eftpos,very dated and worn, the waitress very rude and the prices over-inflated for the bland, undercooked, cold food on offer. When questioned about the uncooked food the chef proceeded with a loud,lengthy and condescending justification in front of our guests. Our guests also noted the staff “mocking” the customers behind their backs. Left a very bad taste! We’ll return to our favourite Pappa’s of Sandringham.
Bosco verde is a great little placed to dine in or takeaway. My family and i have enjoyed consistently good food and customer service. I highly recommend that you give them a shot.
After living in the area for 6 years and not quite making it to this restaurant…we finally called in early on a Saturday night to try it out. The decor is tired 60s style with booths. We ordered the garlic pizza bread, a couple of entree sized meals and a salad. The bread was good, the cannelloni and ravioli entrees pretty ordinary and the salad was drowned. There are too many better restaurants in the area for us to be back any time soon.
Brilliant. I will be back there again tonight.
The Lasagne Casa Nostra is the best main.
The waitress is a little hottie!
After booking last Sat for 3, one of our party was ill, so 2 of us arrived. The waitress began to prepare our table, as we waited the owner leaned over and said ” this booking is for 3, I have a problem with just 2, you will have to leave” no apology, no offer of smaller table. I have never had treatment like this by any restaurant, here or overseas, also I am in the food industry and will be telling many people how rudely we were treated. The restaurant also is out dated, and scruffy. I dread to think he treats tourists in the same manner.Ultimate Italian experience ? I don’t think so !
Group of four of us went last night. The service was great, our waitress was lovely and very knowledgeable. Our meals were awesome, I have been coming to this restaurant for over 19 years and never had a bad meal, My only complaint would be I don’t come often enough and when I want to it can be fully booked. ha-ha. I will be back again. Thanks for a great night.
The food is magnificent and the staff are very welcoming the chefs are very good at what they do and the food is always of a very high standard, the waitresses are on to it and very polite. definatly will be going back there soon.
Last night I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with family and friends at Bosco Verde … we had the most amazing meal … without delays and the waitresses were absolutely lovely … the chef explained the menu to us and I even saw him clearing tables and talking to others … the restaurant was busy (next door had 2 patrons … I was there to eat and enjoy not worry about decor etc… cutlery and glasses and plates were spotless … all that matters … thanks for a lovely dinner … we would love to return soon !!
While the food was good – I was also surprised by the lack of service we had not made a booking and as we walked in a man in the kitchen just stared at us – not saying hi or anything. When we got to the table we were offered pizza bread – which was yum pesto and cheese mmmm. Meal was good but no drinks were offered to us so we just had water that was on the table and when we went to pay the bill we were told that we could only pay cash, visa or mastercard…. no eftpos or even visa debt card – If we had been told this prior to eating or there were any signs we may not have gone there. We had to go to the back to withdraw cash before leaving….
The food is fantastic, unfortunately most of the staff know the food carries them so don’t make any effort, especially the owner – he’s been rude to us on several occasions. The decor seriously needs updating. But we keep going back because the food is so good.
awful! was very disappointed with Bosco Verde after wanting to go for quite some time…the food was plain (two pasta dishes), bar one waitress the other staff were uninterested and unfriendly and they wouldnt take eftpos?? apparently they only accept cash or credit card, and cannot accept debit visas either. wouldn’t go back.
The food is always very good, but after reading the other reviews I can definately understand why people find the service lacking. There is one very good waitress & the rest of the staff are quite dis-interested. Their customer service & time management do require a bit of work.
had to “loiter” around the counter waiting for table even though we were on time. The manager/owner appeared completely disinterested in our presence and remained so, even after reminding him of our booking. 12 months following – two very bad takeaways – the first – extremely dry pasta and the second/final time, pizzas were barely edible from swimming in cheese. What remains? – that foul faced and arrogant manager.
We had reserved a table for 5 as a birthday celebration. For all of us, it was our first visit. What a disappointment! We arrived on time but had to wait for 20min on a rickety bench till a table was vacant. During that time, we were not approached or offered drinks. Once seated, we were informed that one of the mains on special and the mussels entree were off the menu. They forgot the pizza bread nibbles. A further 40min elapsed before entrees arrived. Apologies were made only after we had complained. We were told they were down to one chef, the boss having left earlier. After mains, we waited in vain to be offered dessert, so we left. While the food was passable, the service was pathetic. Altogether, an experience to forget.
I have been to Bosco Verde three times, and each time it has been a wonderful dining experience. The waitress is always extremely well mannered and helpful. The food always goes beyond my expectations. Guests that I have brought to the restaurant all agree with the high quality of the service from the waiting staff and the food. I love the fact that it is BYO and NO corkage fee. Great selection of dishes to suit all tastes.
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