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The restaurant has been sold but Gaetano didn’t bother to inform us. We had a group booking but did not end up there as the new owners would not initially honour the agreement and tried to impose extra charges. We didn’t have any confidence in them and luckily found somewhere else.
Antipasti outstanding. Mains outstanding. Dessert and wine disappointing. Expensive and our waiter was good but manager came across dismissive.
Wow amazing food and a great host,would dine there again in a heart beat.
The Antipasto was authentic and delicious,both my partner and myself were struggling with what to order,the owner in his very pleasant Italian manner took care of everything and served up the most delicious mains,melt in your mouth beef,perfect pasta and spectacular seafood.
Four of us dined here tonight as a birthday treat, and were looking forward to our first-time experience of a restaurant which had been highly recommended by friends.
Definitely did not reach expectations.
We started with 4 small plates of a antipasto, which was a lacklustre assortment of deep-fried bread and cheese, roast veg, seafood and another I can’t quite remember.
Our mains arrived promptly after.
One of our party found her ravioli very delicious, the other three meals were a veal dish with mushrooms,and a beef done in the pizza oven,which was presented as flat firm meat pieces with cheese on top, and some rocket. Altogether a rather uninspiring meal….nothing “hearty”, no jus to mop- up…basically very basic. Not what you expect for $30 plus.
When we asked for salad..we were advised by our waiter that one would not be enough, we would need two….then he arrived with four salads, (one for each of us).
As it was a birthday dinner treat, we didn’t feel like making a fuss, but did feel we had been a “bulldozed, and then charged for 4.
In a nutshell, our meals were unacceptable, from a restaurant which claims to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Auckland.
O Sarracino has a cosy, atmospheric dining area, but is perhaps resting on its reputation.
Came here tonight with my partner we both enjoyed the lovely food and host was very nice,setting was cosy had a relaxed atmosphere.If you want authentic italian food you must come here we both fully enjoyed the dining.
I went with some friends and had a great night! I loved how the owner came to our table and explained everything. The food was great, the service was great and I felt we had an authentic italian experience.
From the moment we entered, the restaurant setting was cosy, comfortable and had a relaxed atmosphere. Everything from start to finish was awesome!
This is the first review we have ever written about anything. However, our experience last night was so exceptional that we are compelled to take the time to share some strong words of praise and recommendation! The combination of excellent food, service and the relaxed but intimate atmosphere encapsulated all things Italian.
Having lived in Napoli 2 years ago, we can attest to the authenticity of the food and the atmosphere delivered by the friendly staff. We started with the antipasto platter for 2, followed by pesce of the day (snapper), and duck-filled ravioli special. Each mouthful was a religious experience, from the first to the last – but we were so full we could not finish! The wine (Canapi nero d’avola) was delicious. Honestly, the best food or meal we have had since leaving Italy 2 years ago – maybe even the best ever! Not to mention we were made to feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant, and being last to leave we were never rushed out the door. Grazie Gaetano and your wonderful crew for a perfect night! We will certainly be back for the next special occasion.
A group of friends dined at this restaurant last night as a farewell dinner before our trip to Italy, it was amazing. The staff were great, so attentive and I asked for a real Italian experience and got it. The food was beautiful and so fresh, everything was given an explanation about what the dish was and its orgin. Gaetano was so helpful and accommodating I can’t say enough except if you don’t go to try this place it is well and truly your loss. MOLTE GRAZIE to the staff and Gaetano for a lovely evening.
One word bellisimo….it was absolutely fantastoc. Gaetano you are the perfect host. We are returning with a group of friends. We started with the antipasto platter for 2 followed by the Ravioli snapper and prawn special and four hour slow cooked beef and topped all this off with two Tiramisu desserts…yum yum yummo. Best Italian food we’ve had in a while.
One of the most enjoyable Italian dining experiences to be found in Auckland. The food was fabulous, I am a big fan of proscuitto with rockmelon but the use of fresh figs instead was inspired. Gaetano runs a friendly establishment and I would absolutely go back again
Absolutely the best Italian restaurant i have been to. The food is amazing and staff are excellent… and at times have gone beyond what is needed in regards to service.
Always well treated and the Chef always makes a point to ask how our meals are. It is one of those restaurants you look forward all day to go to.
Cant wait to go again.
Great experience here. The antipasto was ok – not sure about some of the ingredients on the plate. However, as Ragu lived up to its reputation- it was divine. Shame that I did not order it and got to taste the leftovers from a fellow diners plate. My fish in a tomato and olive base was divine. The suits meal – fish with fennel was also very good and thank god the fennel was very subtle. Gaetano also did a dessert platter up for us and suggested some wine. The night was a success after our suit who loves to hold court was bowled over by the quirkiness of our host. I still remember that he stated a wine that we thought was half way decent Italian was not good because he did not live in the region. All in all a very good meal, antipasto a hit and miss but the mains, wine and dessert – all top notch. Please note that this is not at the cheap end of Italian dining but it is worth it for authentic Italian. If you want boring Italian that you think is proper, don’t’ bother coming here as this is the real deal. I will be going back again.
YUM! I first tried O’Sarracino at my company’s Christmas dinner last year. I knew this was the place I wanted to bring my family for an authentic Italian meal. We went there for Mother’s Day. The Squid Ink was yum! I had the SPAGHETTI CARTOCCIO (Seafood spaghetti cooked in the pizza oven with our focaccia pizza topping). Very unique dish! We also had the GNOCHI and Venison Ravioli. Little bit pricey from other Italian restaurant, but it’s definitely worth the money!
Was very authentic as far as I know, fresh ingredients and raw products used, was a different experience, going to the source soon so will be more informed then, would go again but not with my husband, he didn’t come the first time but not his thing so def not take there
You must try this little gem! The service was fantastic, the waiter recommended a fantastic bottle of Merlot to us, allowed us to finish our entree’ before taking our mains orders and he knew the menu incredibly well. The waiter also politely asked our names early in the evening which was a nice touch.
All of the food was divine. We both ordered the evenings specials for our mains: fresh pasta with king prawns in a cream sauce with black truffles and a ‘half a half’ 6 hour cooked beef and beef ravioli.
Great atmosphere, great food and lovely staff.
Absolutely terrible service. I have been here several times and loved it but my recent experience was like something out of a movie.
Long story short, they were unbelievably rude!
We had a table of 13 women and when we arrived they automatically opened sparkling water for us (at $12 a bottle) We immediately said we didn’t want it and they said we had to have it as it was now open and argued with us about it.
They doubled up on our entree’s and then charged us for them at the end of the evening – luckily we caught it in the bill! They kept opening wine bottle after wine bottle and we hadn’t asked for it.
The owner was pushy and aggressive and we felt like he was taking advantage of us all!
There is no doubt the food is lovely but I will definitely not be going back!
This place is amazing. I went with my parents who are notoriously fussy and quite small eaters. I have never seen Dad devour pasta with such relish. The food is delicious, authentic Italian, the service is polished and the overall experience sublime. Just wonderful!
Without a doubt the best meal I have had in Auckland (and I ahve dined at a number of 5 star fine dining restaurants that were much more expensive!). I have holidayed in Italy, and the Naples area a number of times and I think that my recent meal was better than any I had in Italy! The special snapper stuffed ravioli with prawns, mussels, crayfish, squid and clams was simply out of this world and worth the the $50 price tag. The tiramisu was divine. I loved the ambience and the service was good. Thank goodness for this little slice of Italia in Mt Eden!
Without a doubt the best “Real” Italian meals I have had here. My partner is Vegetarian and she was well looked after. The service was impeccable. we went for Chefs choice for everything which was bang on except for the desert which I will choose differently next time. Will definitely be returning
We found the menu a bit limited. Some lovely mains but not great if you don’t want seafood or fancy a pizza as even though they have a pizza oven, there is no pizza on the menu! We wanted bruchetta to start which also wasn’t on the menu, but they made some especially and it was delicious. There were some nice specials and I had the ravioli with spinach and ricotta which was divine.
My partner ordered the ravioli seafood special which was also nice but not worth $50 for a bit of pasta, a couple of mussels and prawns and a very small piece of crayfish. They also failed to disclose the price until we got the bill so that was a bit of a surprise. They were rude when we mentioned the price when it came to pay the bill saying they made no money on that dish! We weren’t complaining, merely suggesting that they tell customers the price, especially when it’s twice the price of the other mains on the menu.
Another member of the group ordered an ice cream desert which was so frozen that it was inedible for at least 15 minutes and pricey at $13 for what seemed like a Sarah Lee desert. When he mentioned how solid it was, the waiter was very rude and defensive.
Although some of the food was nice, I wouldn’t go back. It’s over-priced and lacks real choice and the staff are rude and unable to take criticism.
This is an outstanding Italian Restaurant.
amazing fresh food, amazing staff and such a great location – cnr symonds st & Mt Eden road. Carpark opp. Used to be funeral parlour! Get the anitpasti platter – they will design it for you. Don’t order off menu – talk to the staff and they will offer you things that aren’t on the menu. Bookings essential.
Went there on valentines day for dinner and the food was amazing. The pasta was fresh and full of flavour and the sauce that went with it was top notch. The tiramisu was some of the best I have ever had too! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for italian food.
Please don’t tell people how good this restaurant is, otherwise we will have to book weeks in advance!!! The anti platter is just the best ever.
Went there on a Tuesday night for my birthday. We received the best service we have ever received from a resturant. Our Waitress was superb all her reccomendations were excellent and the food was five star. THey even sang Happy Birthday to me in Italian. I would reccomend Sarracino’s to anyone who wants a top rated meal and staff who treat you as though you are the only person in the resturant.
You are great! The lemon cello is fanatstic, the service great, the food superb!
Amazing food, friendly service and a romatic atmosphere.
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