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Before we ordered the pizza maker told us about how they obtained a special pizza certificate and that their bread takes 4 days to make. So I thought this should be great and it will save me from going all the way to Italy to taste what a genuine pizza tastes like. Ordered the Con Prosciutto which had cured ham, rocket leaf and Parmesan cheese. The bread had a crispy bite with a soft inner and was very airy. The flavours of the toppings all tied in nicely. But I still found it very bland and basic. After years of eating franchise style pizzas which have lashings of toppings and flavour, eating this just didn’t cut the mustard. If this is genuine Italian pizza that the Italians are so proud of their simplicity in their cooking of natural flavours. Then they can keep it to themselves as I for one will be buying pizza that has lots more toppings and toppings that go near the edge. Instead of this pizza which had toppings scattered with a stingy hand leaving large patches of plain bread exposed.
There was a group of us, so we ordered the complete selection of pizza on the menu. They were all ok, but nothing really stood out as an amazing must have.
I found the bases a bit undercooked for my liking and not having side plates in a big group is a hassel when you want to share.
Service was ok.
Would not rush back as there are better options in the area.
Best Pizza in NZ, Always stop here for a feed when coming to Auckland from Hamilton. In actual fact it is the only Pizza I will ever eat. Well done Kevin. Been follower of Dante`s since his Kumeu days. The real deal. Would be willing to eat this on the sidewalk who cares about tables for this quality.
We will never be back, pizza is good, but choice is very limited and the place is average.
Even the whole pizza is not sufficient for a single person, there are plenty of places in Auckland where you can find “woodfired pizza”.
There are only 2 tables where you can have a seat, imagine this in such a busy place as Ponsonby.
I’ll start by saying I’m a pizza snob not easily pleased.
Carl E’s review is spot on.
I’ll go even further and so far as to give Dante’s 5 stars. Kevin is really doing an outstanding job creating authentic Neapolitan pizza that is rare to find in New Zealand.
We ordered a Margherita, and Prosciutto and Rocket. I can only comment on the taste of the Margherita, which was well balanced, excellently cooked and hard to fault. If you’re after genuine neapolitan pizza look no further, this is the real deal.
Great friendly and prompt service as others have mentioned.
Kevin (the proprietor & pizzaiolo) mentioned in conversation that the oven was perhaps not at its optimal temperature that night, which gives me all the more reason to believe that Kevin is completely tuned into the fine details that go into making a perfect pizza, and that when I return my next pizza might be even better than the one I had… which is frankly hard to imagine.
Dante’s will be a regular stop for me when in AKL.
First time here and we will definitely be back. Fantastic friendly service and the pizza is unreal. We had the prosciutto pizza and were fighting over the last piece. Hands down best pizza in Auckland!
Dante’s is one of the new Establishments in the buzzing Ponsonby Central. It’s got room for about 6 people at high benches inside and another two large tables outside. The decor makes you think you’re in Italy and there’s no doubt about the quality of the ingredients that must go in to these pizzas.
This is the first time we visited Dante’s and ordered the prosciutto and rocket pizza and the chorizo pizza. Both pizza’s were topped with the highest quality ingredients and they tasted amazing. The chorizo was probably the most spicey I’ve ever had but we’re both fans of chili so it was good for us. The only criticism that we had was that the base was thicker than we experienced at Italian pizzerias. However, the base was very tasty nonetheless.
We were really touched by the fact that Kevin visits each customer and asks them how their pizza is. It gives you an understanding of how it used to be in the age where many chefs did that.
Dante’s Pizza is an amazing Pizza place! Really love their pizzas – though they used to be out in Kumeu and the Pizza was a bit better there, which is a shame – because every bite was wow! Will definitely go back and hopefully once they settle it in returns to its absolutely, truly amazing performance. (only 4 stars until they do).
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