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“Best meals we ate in NZ”
Review of The Italians - CLOSED

The Italians
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$29
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Italian owned and operated, the chef is from the Emilia Romagna region, where the Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, Parma (prosciutto) ham and fresh pasta was invented. Specialized in North Italian cuisine with seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes. Everything is cooked fresh from scratch a' la' carte. Pizza available too. Fully licenced and BYOW. Gluten and dairy free options available
Vero Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best meals we ate in NZ”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Although we had a little trouble finding the place and parking across the street, the little inconveniences were overcome by the food, service and watching the chef Cesar do his magic in the kitchen. The whir of the pasta machine only meant another serving of fresh homemade pasta was headed to final destiny. Throughout NZ we tried the green lipped mussels everywhere and everywhere had their own spin on the meal. By far the best we had was at the Italians. Garlic and fresh red sauce made it the most home cooked we tasted.
Try the specialty breads with your meal and also the mussels to sop up the remaining sauce. After we finished that we wondered why we ordered dinner as we were pretty full at that point. But the Saltimboca, the Caccciatore, and the fresh fish was ordered anyway. That is over a two day meal as after the first night we immediately reserved for the following night. The one thing we regret is not having the seafood pizza complete with the green lipped mussels onboard.
Don't let the appearance of the place from the street stop you from entering as you would regret not sampling this fine food.

  • Visited February 2012
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3 Thank TBB726
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English first
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delightful meals, busy atmosphere”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

The meals were a triumph of flavours. The servings substantial, it is rare for me not to finish my excellent main course, I wish I could, it was so tasty and delicious. A good varied menu to suit anyone. I enjoyed the fish main after we shared a wonderful fish platter entree. Recommended.

  • Visited February 2012
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2 Thank Wizzid
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Starve before you go!!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Fantastic food and lots of it...and I mean lots!! The mains portions are enormous.

All the food at The Italians is freshly cooked, so do expect to wait, but it is worth it. The authentic Italian flavour combinations just explode in your mouth. My favourite dish was the big seafood combo...a massive bowl of evrything the sea has to offer..see photo.

Watch out for the chef...great guy...he will suddenly appear in the background of your group photos....I didn't spot him until I got home. Just adds another smile to the memories.

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank Paul H
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We needed a booking for a Wednesday night.”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

They are obviously doing some things right. We all enjoyed our delicious meals - it was unfortunately noisy (being packed) and came home smelling like we had been in the kitchen with the chef.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Mortsbabe
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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Everyone happy”
Reviewed 7 February 2012

Seafood chilli pasta with mussels would be the best in N.Z I have tried !

Visited January 2012
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Thank piptrip1
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