Discover a passion for food with the amazing selection of Italian restaurants Auckland has to offer. Whether you're looking for a good pizza, pasta or some of Nonna's home made cooking, there are a range of Italian restaurants in Auckland that a great for giving you a taste of Italy. Next time you find yourself about to search 'Italian restaurants Auckland' - head to the heart of the city and all your cravings will soon be satisfied. 


Amano | 66-68 Tyler St

Widely known as one of the best Italian restaurants Auckland has to offer, Amano is dedicated to quality across all aspects of food and service and is many Italian-lovers go-to, whether for a quick lunch or sit down dinner. The provenance of their ingredients is central to Amano’s ethos; their delicious pasta is handmade on-site, and their meat is utilized nose to tail. Here you’ll find a variety of modern pasta dishes using only the best seasonal produce available.

Williams Eatery

Williams Eatery | G03/85 Daldy Street 

Named as one of Metro's Supreme Winner of best cafe for the 2019/20 period and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Williams is an eatery for people who love good food and drink with great company. Praised for their excellent service (they also won Metro's best service award), thoughtful and Italian-inspired inventive menu and delicious specialty coffee, Williams Eatery offers respite and calm while also being close to the action of the rest of the city centre. We thoroughly recommend their 12-hour beef shin tagliatelle with tomato ragu, pangritata and parmesan - it's delicious! 

Proper Pizza

Proper Pizza | 12 O’Connell St

Auckland city centre's newest little pizza place lives up to its name, serving up pizza the proper way. Watch as the staff hand-knead the dough before dressing the pizza with a selection of gourmet ingredients. Originating in Kosovo Proper Pizza offers 12 thin crust pizzas, ranging from the deliciously extravagant apple crumble dessert pizza to a classic pepperoni and cheese.

Plate of Italian food

Baduzzi | 10-26 Jellicoe St

The Sicilian word for 'meatballs,' Baduzzi is a fine dining collaboration by restauranteur Michael Dearth. The pair promise dishes that are familiar yet challenging. Casual and affordable, but with an air of sophistication and New-York Italian, the menu features meatball dishes including sandwiches or pasta, as well as plenty of other delicious, quintessential Italian offerings. So when you're next looking for an exquisite meal with a lively atmosphere, this is one of the best Italian restaurants Auckland city centre has to offer for just that.  


Portofino | 87/89M Customs St W

What could be better than dinner with a fantastic view of Auckland's beautiful Viaduct Harbour? You'll find that here at Portofino as well as fantastic service at this family operated business. In keeping with the spirit of the ocean side dining we recommend trying their risotto alla pescatora - a seafood risotto combining prawn, salmon and squid in a delicious tomato risotto accompanied by fresh oysters.


Ortolana | 33 Tyler St

In the heart of Britomart, Ortolana offers a uniquely rustic twist on Italian inspired cuisine. The restaurant’s philosophy prioritises a garden to fork approach in which their produce is grown from the restaurant’s very own garden. This carefully orchestrated process allows Ortolana to present exciting dishes you won’t find anywhere else. 

Dante's Pizzeria

Dante's Pizzeria | Queens Rise, 125 Queen St 

Queens Rise is one of the newest and most exciting eateries in the city. Here you’ll find Dantes, a modest Italian restaurant where you can experience traditional Italian food made by true natives of Italy, they even have the accents. From the upbeat service to the deliciously simple dishes a visit to Dante’s will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Gusto at the Grand

Gusto at the Grand | 90 Federal St 

Gusto at the Grand, set inside the incredible SKY City Grand Hotel presents classic Italian dishes from the mind of Sean Connolly, award winning chef and expert in Italian cuisine. The wonderfully casual approach to fine dining makes it a great place to share a delicious meal with family and friends no matter the occasion. Their dishes are best shared so why not order a few plates and share in the fun that Italian cuisine provides.

Last updated: 26 July 2021