Pizza, pasta, and a few Aperol Spritz to go with, and you’ll almost find yourself in Italy! Newmarket’s Italian eateries are making a name for themselves for dishing up some of Auckland’s best authentic, carby cuisine. We have rounded up the best spots in the precinct to visit when in search of a taste of Italy.
Believers in food made with love, and a pinch of salt, Nonna is Newmarket’s very own homemade pasta bar unassumingly nestled on Teed Street. Opening first thing in the morning with L’affare coffee and freshly baked pastries, scones and panini’s – you’ll be stopped in your tracks by the heavenly smells wafting from the kitchen. But what we really want to share is their fresh pasta menu – everything from tagliatelle to gnocchi and even zoodles, so the health conscious eaters don’t have to miss out. Choose a sauce with your pasta and bon appetite!
A labour of love from well known restauranteur Crisci, L’Americano is your next best option to being in Italy this summer. If the sultry décor isn’t enough to lure you in from the mall, the menu will. For the early risers, L’Americano has a full pastry line-up to devour alongside an espresso for a simple yet decadent breakfast. Arrive after 11:30am and you’ll have the option to choose from a range of antipasti and main meal options. We can’t go past their burrata
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It would be remiss of us to speak of Newmarket’s Italian food scene without mentioning Archie’s Pizzeria. This local hotspot packs out for lunch and dinner sittings daily, so we recommend booking, as here you will find some of Auckland’s best wood-fired pizza, if not THE best. The margarita pizza is phenomenal, as is the Al Salmone (pictured). If you aren’t into pizza then there is an extensive menu of pasta’s and salads which are equally as delicious and authentic.
As we venture into ice cream season it’s critical that you know just where to go when you’re craving the Italian kind of icy dessert. Island Gelato Company is perched on Westfield’s Rooftop dining precinct and is the perfect spot to curb those gelato cravings. Scooping everything from fruity sorbets through to vegan coconut chocolate, cone or cup and even take home containers available! Insider tip – try their Affogato, made with Allpress coffee and vanilla gelato… yes please.
Although this one isn’t your typical Italian food joint, rather one of Newmarket’s best coffee spots, it’s all in the name! Not only is their coffee always on point but their cabinet food is very difficult to resist, as is their all day menu hosting options including Fried Chicken Waffles, their famous Avocado toast, and a Corned Pastrami Sandwich (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). For the days where caffeine just isn’t quite strong enough, order yourself an Aperol or Campari Spritz – making your experience oh so much more Italian!