3-5 Mt Eden Terrace,
(09) 309 3740
O'Sarracino in Auckland's Eden Terrace is a truly authentic Italian restaurant. Owner and chef Gaetano, originally from Naples, has always been involved in the hospitality business and his family pizzeria and restaurant in Milano is still well known and appreciated. Mixing ingredients sourced from both Italy and local growers, O'Sarracino is one of Auckland's best Italian restaurants.
Lunch: Tues to Sun - 11:30 to 15:00
Dinner: Tues to Sun - 18:00 till late
Advisable on Fri, Sat, Sun
Not Necessary on Tue, Wed, Thu
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
A La Carte Menu
Beer from $6.00 per bottle
Wine from $7.50 per bottle
Children welcome - Kids welcome at all times
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
O’Sarracino has all the elements of a great Italian restaurant. I have been coming for many years now and I have never been disappointed. The hosts are incredibly welcoming and approachable, great at helping you pick out some favourites. The Venison Ravioli is simply amazing and they have a great selections of wines. I can't praise this restaurant enough!!
I was the last one to review O'Sarracino when I visited in 2013, my group of 13 went last Friday and the experience has changed since that last time.
The Restaurant was nearly filled to capacity shortly after we arrived but we were seated and our drinks and Entrees were served reasonably quickly. Although the staff all very arrogant.
Our mains - not so fast - in fact 2 hours. We were told because we weren't going on the set menu that we might not get our meals all at the exactly same time, this wasn't a problem to us, however they all did come in quick concession once they finally did come out. Shame for the few who didn't order an Entree - they were wanting to eat their arm.
I ordered the Ragu and it was beautiful. My friend on one side ordered the Fish with Prawns and cabbage and it was all over cooked, tasteless and boring in presentation. I didn't think at all Italian. The 2 across from me had the toughest young Veal you could ever have, and what a stingy portion with absolutely nothing accompaning it. The Lemoncello Cheesecake tasted like cream cheese and nothing else, and left a floury taste in your mouth. The Chef tried to appease with bread heated in the microwave that he said was fresh out of the oven and lemoncello to finish. But little too late. I wouldn't return. The opposite experience to our previous visit.
Chef Gaetano Spinosa's born in Napoli came around the world and started O'Sarracino. I loved the restaurant, much like being in Italy, very cosy and inviting. We started with a nice Italian red, I had a Chianti.
The shared antipasti selection was spectacular, a bit of everything. It didn't disappoint. Homemade casatiello sent our tastebuds souring. Yeasty and stuffed full of pancetta and cheese, this rolled homemade bread was divine. Thin egg plant slices were deep fried to a caramelised splendour, while procitto, cherry tomatoes and balls od mozzarella made you think of Summer eating. Also small rings of Calamari and prawns in a light oil dressing was lovely.
Ordering mains was easy for me - I let Spinosa do it and apparently this is what he likes to do. So I ended up with 2 of the mains. He likes you to try more of his menu hense he loves shared dining. Ravioli with Ragu Napoletano (slow cooked for 6hrs) and served with Granada cheese. Ravioli filled with fresh duck and porcini, prawns and with white truffle sauce. Both were creamy, tasty and devine!
For desserts – a choice of either tiramisu or Pannacotta, both which were great and not too big a serving after having the pasta.
The best way to dine at O'Sarracino is to get involved and let Spinosa treat you the way he does best. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Not normally a big fan of Italian, I'd happily make an acception for O'Sarracino. Last week we went for an anniversary dinner and couldn't have asked for a better experience on such a special occaision. A visit to O'Sarracino will surely leave you well sated...if a little light in the wallet!
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