4 star rating 43 reviews

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09 3779290

44 Fort Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

11 AM to 2 PM (Mon-Fri), 5 PM to 10 PM (Sat), Sun Closed


Reviews for Covo

4 star rating
by Aretha Chen
5 months ago

I've been a few times round midday during the week, when business is slow. Service is polite and friendly, and the pizzas are great. Pastas are tasty but portion wise, are small. Fellow students - they have a discount on pizzas and pastas for you! Definitely recommended.EDIT - New menu. Everything still applies, except the prices have been bumped up a bit and some personal favourite dishes are missing. Half a star down.

3 star rating
by Mira
7 months ago

service 3/5environment 3/5food 3/5cost performance 3/5drink 3/5My order ( Amy plus ) Taste was ok but I was disappointed with the portion.

5 star rating
by Juyeong Chang
7 months ago

The best Italian we've been to this year.
Friendly waiters, food was served very quickly, cosy and cute place. Marinara pasta here was the best....I mean, THE BEST. Definitely going back for marinara pasta.

5 star rating
by Robin Kelly
7 months ago

Fantastic service and great food! What more can you ask for from this wonderful little restaurant.

4 star rating
by Jeremy Wee
9 months ago

Came here for lunch and found the food to be of very good quality. The service was good. Will certainly come back here again.

3 star rating
by AkReviews Reviews
9 months ago

Went to Covo on a Saturday night with friends. The service was prompt, the atmosphere authentic and the food was good. (The special lasagne however looked as thought it was a microwave meal...).

The restaurant was chosen for its BYO status - however paying for this at the end of the night caused too much difficulty. Our group had read online that the corkage was $10 per bottle. We had bought exactly two bottles with us. When it came time to pay, the bill had 2 x corkage costs, plus the correct meals that we ordered.
However, the person who was serving us insisted that we had bought three bottles with us, which we clearly had not. He had no proof whatsoever, yet kept trying to charge us an extra $10. We believe there was a mix up, as they use recycled wine bottles for their water.

After an enjoyable and pleasant evening, it was very off-putting to be repeatedly told that we had to pay for something we simply did not bring to the restaurant. We were told that it was fine that we only paid for two corkage costs.... because he wanted to close the restaurant. Not because we had actually only brought 2 bottles. Unpleasant.

5 star rating
by Khaled Masroujeh
10 months ago

This is one of my favourite places to dine out, staff so friendly pasta is so fresh I love it.
always go back there, thumbs up to the team.

5 star rating
by AshCon Street Proz
10 months ago

Nice friendly Italian staff and I can say that they had the best pizzas that I've tried in Auckland. Meal for 2 with wine came to just over $60.

3 star rating
by David Crymble
11 months ago

Seemed to be all Italian staff which is great. A very friendly maitre'd. Waitress was hard to understand and struggled to understand us. (We found this out when the wrong bruschetta arrived.) The maitre'd apologised and said she was 'just arrived'.

Unfortunately, having gone to Covo because of good online reviews, we were left underwhelmed and disappointed.

They offered to replace the bruschetta which I declined, being polite as the one that arrived was delicious. At the end of the evening, after the mediocre appetisers and mains, I regretted my politeness.

Appetiser salt and pepper squid was very bland, very ordinary.

Mains, his schnapper was overcooked and dry and the risotto was too salty. Very poor presentation on the plate as well.

My Darren the Butcher pizza was anything but the meat lovers delight it promised. The selection of meats was sparse and in small, hardly discernible pieces. Unfortunately all of the chili was on two pieces of the pizza which left me with unpleasant burnt
taste buds. The pizza base was doughy and could have done with a few more minutes in the oven.

The Peroni beer was great!!

When we paid the bill, the maitre'd asked how it was and we said "ok". He asked "Only ok?" which we said yes to. He asked for an explanation which we then gave him in detail, as above.

My final comment about the food was "The best tasting dish was the bruschetta and that wasn't the one we ordered!"

He apologised and said "unfortunately, sometimes it happens" and he would "Punch the chef".

There was no reduction or offer of a voucher for a next visit for receiving the wrong dish and for our poor quality food. Pardon the pun, but it left a bad taste in our mouths.

I repeat, we were very underwhelmed and could not in good conscience recommend this Covo to anyone.
In fact I will actively recommend that people avoid it. They have a bar/counter/window that you can sit at. We were seated just inside the door at a window seat and the person at the bar was smoking, which drifted into the restaurant. Highly unpleasant.

One to avoid folks, unless you are a smoker and enjoy mediocre food.

5 star rating
by Laura Jury
Mar 24, 2014

Excellent friendly service. v. Large Sized Pizzas, one large pizza more than enough for two, with thin base & a large range awesome toppings.

Great atmosphere with seating outside for larger groups. The wine list was varied & interesting, not the normal inner city fare.

5 star rating
by Shelly Manne
Jan 25, 2014

Excellent Service. Large Size Pizzas with Thin Base & awesome toppings, Really Delicious. Highly Recommended. Went to Fort St. Auckland City Location nice and cosy. Will definitely like to visit again.

3 star rating
by Emma
Jan 19, 2014

After visiting their Richmond Road venue about 6 months ago, we decided to try out the Fort St location on a Saturday night. The staff were very friendly, however the waitress did have to ask another staff member about several queries we had with items on the menu. Lots of delicious options to choose from that were reasonably priced. We liked the fact that you can order pizza by the slice, and that they have an option to tailor make your own pasta.

It's a great BYO place tucked away downtown, however we did feel that the corkage fee was pretty hefty at $10 a bottle!

5 star rating
by Arietta Yin
Jan 05, 2014

05/01/2014: I first went here for my anniversary, came back during Auckland Restaurant Month to try things on special, and have been a fan ever since. With an Italian decor and very attentive staff, this is a great restaurant for a fancy family outing or an intimate date. You are always asked how the meal was at the end while paying and they happily take on your feedback. I had lasagne from the old menu, which was well prepared but a little cold so the cheese had hardened, but very flavoursome. The spaghetti was much better and the fish of the day (which I think was snapper that time) was magnificent. The candles really added to the restaurant's ambience. From the new menu, I first sampled the Antipasto del Covo Italian platter which had a selection of salamis, luncheon meats, croutons, cheese, dried tomatos which were okay, this very weird sauce that I didn't like much, olives and, my favourite of the entire platter, these grilled cheese and spring onion toasts where there was a thick amount of cheese. For mains we tried the Scotch fillet grilled with tomatoes, rocket and parmesan and the fish of the day again. Both were really good and served nice and hot. I would have liked the fillet cooked a bit more but know most people prefer their fillets on the rare side. Dessert was this delicious chocolate salami and gelato. I highly recommend you ask for this! It's like a salami made from assorted chocolate and it's served with icing sugar, chocolate sauce and delicious vanilla gelato. Amazing and I'd come back to Covo just to eat this.

18/03/2015: I've added some photos of pollo pizza, which we had for a large entree, and a pasta marinara main. The pasta was beautiful, freshly made, and had soaked all of the seafood flavour. Even cold, it tasted delicious. I enjoyed it so much more than the mussels and prawns truth be told. The pizza was also super good, with stretchy cheese, and the potato was interestingly good too. I always thought potato on pizza would be strange. The crust is a bit thicker but still crispy, but if you're looking for a thin crust it's not here. Otherwise, authentic Italian with great service.

4 star rating
by Dog Eats World
Dec 12, 2013

Admittedly, i haven't been to covo since a couple of months ago, but the last time I went I did enjoy myself. The waiter was very friendly, kind of awkward, but still very polite. The food was also good, although it did take some time to come out. The atmosphere is cosy, although the number of seats is very limited.

I'm hoping covo isn't too much different for the next time I visit.


5 star rating
by Daniel Retief
Sep 30, 2013

This place has excellent service. The guys are authentic Italian, and that is reflected in their service. We had an xl pizza which was the size of two large pizzas. The base was authentic Italian thin yet fluffy. It was delicious! We highly recommend this place, and would go again if we're in Auckland.

3 star rating
by Coco Q
Sep 21, 2013

Cosy + cute and not too busy considering it was a Wednesday night. Staff friendly + provide excellent service. We were quite disappointed with the food portion + taste - the pasta dish I ordered was very bland and portion size was small. Had to go elsewhere afterwards for a feed.

3 star rating
by Alex
Aug 10, 2013

We went there in a busy lunch time ordered ‘Darren’, to be honest it was average, like pizza from Domin*s or PizzaH*T.This one just miss the pinch of Italy.

The waitress gave us two plates to share the pizza, but we found the plates were not clean. Other than that, the service is okay...

4 star rating
by Jade Lim
Jun 15, 2013

A cozy little authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the city.
Great food and warm friendly service!

5 star rating
by Jessica Gibbs
May 10, 2013

This is a great little place in the City and highly recommend if you have not been there before.

The food was great and the staff are friendly. They are happy to accommodate with your needs (for example I asked for a salad minus a few ingredients) and I received it just how I asked.

Thanks again and I will definitely be back.

4 star rating
by Lena Kodaira
Feb 16, 2013

Recently came here with a friend and ordered the small Express Lunch with a slice of pizza and roast potatoes. Staff are very accommodating – the Hans pizza sounded delicious but as I am not a red meat eater I asked if it could be made without the bacon and was assured this was no problem at all. The pizza base was probably a bit crunchy for my liking but didn’t detract from the great toppings. The potatoes on the side were really good, the service was friendly and attentive and our glasses were constantly replenished.

We went in the late afternoon and it was half full with business types. The mobster theme is fun, a good place to have a long lunch and I hear good things about their tiramisu. Will be back soon!

5 star rating
by Adeline
Feb 11, 2013

Lovely place, lovely food, lovely service. Very impressed. I ordered the pasta alfredo and had the bruschetta for starters too. It was tasty - yummo! The owner is a really friendly guy - he promised he'll make spinach pasta (with pine nuts) for me the next time I return! :) Thanks for such a wonderful experience.

4 star rating
by Keith Eades
Jan 21, 2013

Both my wife and I really enjoyed our lunch here. We shared the cheese Bruschetta for Entree., but decided the one should try the pasta and the other the pizza. She had " Tara" - Carbonara, pasta and I had "Rollo" - Chicken, pizza.

We both comment on how nice and tasty both the Entree and Mains was.

Service was very prompt and friendly, we were checked on several times to see how our food was and if our additional drinks were required. The waitress refilled our tap water glasses several times as she noticed.

We will certainly return next time we are that way.

The atmosphere will be much better once the construction of the surrounding shops has finished.

2 star rating
by Sheila Redelinghuys
Jan 11, 2013

Good coffee, but at $5 a small cup at 11am with only one other table occupied, that's exorbitant! Nothing in the cabinet to have with it, either, and a couple who popped in for your lunch time special (as advertised on the sandwich board in the street), turned away as being too early! I think you need to reconsider your value and service ethic.

4 star rating
by Max Tuzzolino-Smith
Oct 09, 2012

My parents were visiting in Auckland and they decided to take me, my girlfriend, my sister and her boyfriend out to dinner. After looking on this very site for reviews for a good restaurant. We thought we would go with Covo :)
We had entrées (the bread/cheese/salsa type one) to share between us which was a great starter and opened up my appetite.
The whole night I was thinking about what to review this restaurant; the food alone was enough for me to merit a 4/5 star review, I had "The Best" Alfredo - which - incidentally, was the best I've ever tasted, my girlfriend had the "Tony Cannelloni" - which was delicious, and my sisters boyfriend had the "Butcher Pizza" - which had a delicious spiced sausage that brought out all the flavours. What made it bump up to 5 stars was the excellent and polite service... Our glasses were always fill with water - or out beverage of choice. The main man was extremely Italian - which of course solidified the authenticity of this establishment, and one of the waters was French - my family being french as well got on well with her and she was extremely nice. They told me that the very meal I was eating was only $10 (full main meal) at Lunch times - a deal which I will be sure to take advantage of.
Not only that - but they took half the price of the deserts we ordered as well.

A very good restaurant that I would recommend to anyone seeking a flavourful lunch or dinner. Perfect for couples (very small - cosy interior). And perfect for friends wanting a meal.

5 stars.

4 star rating
by Tom Sapienza
Aug 04, 2012

Well, what can I say?

A tiny place (around 10 seats only), and tucked away in one of the seedier areas of town, but extremely authentic Italian. Perhaps the best pizza in the city (Italian, thin crust), and lovely pasta. Good wines too.

We used to live around the corner, and would eat here regularly. A fantastic little place that deserves to be better known.

Try it on a night out – I would ring and book first.

3 star rating
by Anna Fiedler
Jul 22, 2012

This is a cool place. Friendly guys serving good pizza. My only critique would be that the dough is to thick for my taste- it is more an American style rather than Italien. I asked them for a thinner crust- but everything is prepared in the afternoon, so they cannot do that. But the pharma ham is really nice and pilling up on the pizza YUM
sorry- i have to change my opinion, and have changed the rating now to average. I think that the owner changed, and the last 2 times I went there were disappointing. there is now not much topping on the pizza, and I think that the cheese they are using has changed, too. the pizza is still ok- but nothing special. I don't enjoy the food anymore, and I am not coming back- Sorry.

4 star rating
by Janice Tan
Jul 18, 2012

Good service for a take away order. The portions are very generous but I feel for the generous portions it's mostly just pasta?

I'd pass on the bruschetta but the mains are good. The price is well set for what you get. Not my first choice of italian restaurants and not the best under my books. But good enough.

5 star rating
by Jemimah
Jun 20, 2012

Wonderful little place to visit with a wonderful environment and excellent service.
Pasta is very good, with it being freshly made on site, as well as the roast potatoes. Great variety to chose from. Coffee is very good.
Definitely a favourite

4 star rating
by Jana
May 23, 2012

Went to Covo to grab a quick bite late on a Friday night and it wasn't crowded thanfully. The waitress was warm and friendly. Our orders arrived fairly quickly. Had the canneloni with spinach and ricotta, it tasted nice and the portion size was just right for me. The desserts menu looked great. Will definitely go back and try a 3-course meal at Covo.

3 star rating
by Jenny
Apr 23, 2012

We live just around the corner and were really impressed positively when we ate there about a year ago. We returned for dinner about 3 months ago and it seemed to have changed a lot! We ordered the prawns as an Entree and were really disappointed! The prawns were not fresh, they were covered in dried herbs, not fresh italian herbs and there were only a few in the bowl! Not worth the money! After that I had the Risotto of the day (which was already the Risotto of the day about a year ago) and again was really disappointed. The portion was very small and it was lacking flavour. It was meant to be a mushroom and blue cheese Risotto, but it was hard to find either ingredient! After that, we bought their vouchers for Pizzas and the last one was for Entree, Mains and Dessert. The Pizza was Ok, but the topping was rather scarce. The last visit was with three courses, Entree was Bruscetta, which was not very nicely presented. Mains were Pasta Carbonara and a Pizza. Both were fine but again, the Pasta portion was small. Dessert was not to choose from, only Tiramisu was left but it was nice. The staff does not really talk to the customers and seems rather unfriendly, no smiles at all :) Really sad to see that the quality has been decreasing to this extend!

1 star rating
by Darren
Mar 31, 2012

This review is just for the Covo on Fort street. I recently got 2 vouchers for a large pizza for $9. Having been here before I expected to get the same quality and quantity. When I arrive to redeem my voucher the lady and man at the counter were rude. Moreover they told me it would take an hour to prepare my order! Granted it was a Friday night but an hour to wait was just insane. So I order the pizza and when to get some other stuff done while they made it. I come back 45 mins later and the pizza was made and sitting on top of the oven to keep it warm. I'm not sure how long it was sitting there for but it was definitely cold when I open the box just minutes after leaving the place. Whats even worse was the toppings. I ordered the Luke (or Submarine) and there was only 3 chucks on calamari and 2 prawns. With the other voucher I ordered the Darren (or Butcher) and it came with very small pieces of Italian sausages and a few shreds of bacon. This was definitely not the same kind of quality and quantity that I got when I when here a few months back. Overall very disappointed and I would never go back.

5 star rating
by Greg Antoine
Jan 28, 2012

Wow we finally found the best Italian restaurante in Auckland!
We had a great experience last night eating at Covo, downtown. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, with a singing Italian accent that makes you smile (we are French, we missed it!) and a great sense of service.

We had bruschetta as a starter, very simple meal regarding the ingredients but yet excellent and perfect balanced in taste.
Then we had the risotto of the day which was one of the most amazing we have ever had (mushrooms and Gorgonzola)! And the Johnny pizza, prosciutto, mozzarella and rocket, really good as well. With a glass of Chianti, mmmm.

We couldn't help taking the Tiramisu which is THE ultimate Italian dessert, and this one was excellent.

The service was quick and the prices enjoyable, especially regarding the quality of the meal and the quantity you have in your plates.

Just one thing to know: one should always book as the restaurant is really small, but that's also part of the charm!

Not used to put review on restaurant but this one really deserves its 5 stars!

3 star rating
by Mariska F.
Dec 30, 2011

Very tasty Italian food, with great ambience and very friendly staffs. I had their spaghetti with lamb meatballs ($20) and even though the price is tad steep for a plate of pasta main, it tasted really good.

One of the downside of dining in Covo at Fort Street is the availability of seats. There are so many times that I stopped by for some meals but they were always fully occupied, as there are not many of seats available in the restaurant.

4 star rating
by Joni M
Oct 13, 2011

Best little Italian restaurant! Really cosy and cute interior, brilliant staff, and of course exceptional food. Recommend that you don't neglect the selection of entrees - they are superb, as is the pizza. Thank you Covo!!

5 star rating
by Carine Claudepierre
May 14, 2011

I have been there to celebrate a birthday and me and my friends had a perfect night yesterday in this restaurant. We are all coming from France and we expected a lot by going to an Italian restaurant and the Covo restaurant of Fort street amazed us. The food was delicious, the quality of product on our pizzas were exceptional and the chocolate soufflé amazing !!! Prices are not expensive at all and you can go on their website before going to have an idea of the choice and price. Th extra large pizza for only 33$ is really large! The Italian wine was more than good and not so expensive 50 to 60$ per bottle.
The team were all perfect : funny, smiling and very attentive to our needs. And the waiter speak French and Italian which was really appreciate by the table as one of my friend was 50% Italian !!!
The girls also really appreciate to receive a kiss of the server before leaving :-) and a free glass of liquor.

I warmly recommend this place and come back again !

I also do not understand the few bad comments I read for this place as everything was perfect.

4 star rating
by Noelia Gonzalez Quiñones
May 05, 2011

This place is great! Me and friend had dinner here tonight as I had a voucher, and we were not disappointed. The cheese garlic bread for an entree was very nice, and both of our mains - alfredo pasta and seafood pizza - were both very nice too. I also had the panna cotta for dessert (which is like a flan) and it was very delicious, while my friend had tiramisu and she said it was very nice too. Last but not least, the service was super friendly, and the place is small but cosy. Me and my friend happily and comfortably sat outside as it was a nice, clear night. Thank you Covo for a wonderful dinner! I hope to be back again soon, and I will not hesitate to recommend you :)

4 star rating
by KirstyT
Apr 17, 2011

Alfredo, Hans Pizza & side mixed salad between two. Delicious! Stefano is a great host with true Italian flare! On a side note - small inside, could do with some updating in future.

4 star rating
by Carolina Tapia
Jan 11, 2011

such a great idea for what an Italian Sicilian restaurant has to be. the mafia thin is the best!
just great to come in and see this guys dressed like Vito Corleone in one of the scenes from the
the food is good, the selection of sauces just the perfect Italian traditional (putanesca, napoletana, bolognesa)
what else can you ask for?

3 star rating
by Amy
Jun 09, 2010

After reading the reviews on here I expected some traditional Italian pizza, and was rather disappointed with what we received. Don't get me wrong, the waitress and service were great, and food is very reasonably priced...but the pizza was far from what we expected. Its good, but nothing more than that, not traditional Italian pizza at all.

5 star rating
by Rachael Kirk
Apr 10, 2010

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious pizza and divine wine. With authentic Italian hosts and this place was a hit with my partner and late on a Thursday night.

1 star rating
by George
Mar 11, 2010

The pasta was warm and resembled some sort of rubber meal, the atmosphere.. there was none and the drinks rather expensive. The place itself is nicely decorated but the food and customer service needs to be addressed. If this was in Italy, the mob would have shut it down to avoid embarrasment..

5 star rating
by Tania
Mar 01, 2010

A group of 23 headed to Covo for a hen's night and we weren't disappointed. Great food, great service and a great atmosphere. The place on Fort St is small but we were comfortable. 'The Don' is eager to please and succeeds here. Will definitely be returning with more friends.

5 star rating
by Margins
Aug 28, 2009

totally excellent REAL italian food
excellent service
actually it's the best italian food in Auckland -