226 Ponsonby Road,
(09) 376 3095
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Prego, one of the finest Italian bistro in Auckland, has been a long standing eatery on the Ponsonby stretch since 1986 and it is still a popular joint for a spectacular Italian feast. I've eaten here on several occasions and it has proven to be a great restaurant time and time again.Our meal started with their popular Pane della Casa which is a delectable house-made bread loaf with butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Served warm, it had a crispy crust and a soft fluffy center. I love freshly baked bread and it was a pleasing start to our meal.With plenty of different options for lunch including pizzas, pastas, salads and assorted meats, we both decided to get seafood. My Linguine alla Marinara was bigger than anticipated and it was packed with mussels, clams, seared tuna, prawn and scampi. The linguine was perfectly al dente with a little bit of bite and the white wine sauce had a tangy hint of lemon. Appetizing and I managed to devour most of it.My friend ordered the Cacciucco which is an Italian seafood stew which used ingredients such as fish, mussels, clams and scampi. The saffron broth has savory and rich flavours and it was a hearty dish.We were very proud of ourselves because we managed to nearly finish our meals. I've walked past Prego on several occasions during dinner time and they are always full with customers nested throughout the large dining room and their secluded courtyard. They have a few allocated parking and if you are lucky, you wouldn't need to circle the residential streets for a carpark. Prego rarely disappoints and with great food and attentive service, you could see why they are still striving in Ponsonby.
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I went to Prego with my family last July. It was a fairly cold night, and because it was so incredibly busy (you are not allowed to book), we had to sit outside. It was freezing! However, our table was surrounded by fire burners and our waiter gave us warm cuddly blankets to have for the night. The food is amazing – all five of us shared the Wood fired Garlic Pizza Bread, the Wood fired Mussels and the Calamari for starters. The flavours are outstanding and there was plenty to go around. As for the mains, I had the Lasagna Prego which was very good. Another main which was delicious was Linguine Marinara with a plentiful amount of seafood. As for desserts, “WOW” is all I can say. Make sure you try the Budino di Datteri (sticky date pudding, poached pears, ginger ice cream, hot caramel……) melt in your mouth sort of thing!
Overall the food is delicious, the atmosphere perfect and service was very attentive. A must visit if you are in Auckland!
Superb! My wife and I went tonight for a after work dinner and it was fantastic. We shared the seafood pizza which was absolutely delicious. Had a main each and a side. My steak was cooked to perfection. The thing with Prego is it is always consistant. Expensive restaurants continue to pop up around Auckland but Prego remains solid and value for money. 3 drinks each a pizza, a main each and side set us back $150! Great value for superb food in my book. Our waiter was fantastic too, unfortunately I don't remember his name but he looked after us very well. In my opinion Prego puts other restaurants to shame, the food is always great and the staff very friendly. Prego my not be fine dining but what you do get is good honest food!
Arrived in Auckland for the first time yesterday and googled great places to eat and up came Prego. We weren't disappointed. Food incredible, service terrific and if you are a family with little ones, this place caters for the kids with a coloring sheet and pencils presented immediately on arrival and the kids had their meals within 10minutes. Wouldn't hesitate going back. Marky Mark our waiter was superb. Thanks Prego
I went to Prego for the first time in July 2011 with my family for a leaving dinner. There were 5 of us, including a 12 years old boy. Prego is always so busy and we had to wait for a table to open up. Not wanting to wait at the squashed bar with a 12 year old we went next door for some drinks. The Prego staff gave us a call on our mobile when a table opened up which I thought was great of them. It is incredibly busy in there. There are children running around everywhere upstairs, it’s so loud and the staff are rushed off their feet. However, if you can overcome this busy atmosphere, it really is a fantastic place! The 5 of us ordered a calzone, a beef and fish special of the day, a lasagna dish and a pasta dish. They were all exquisite. We had a friendly chat to some of the staff and they allowed us to move to another table outside for dessert where it was quieter and where some of out party could smoke. I would definitely go back to Prego, but perhaps not for a romantic first or special date.
The food was bland, service was average, and the room is ridiculously loud. When arriving at Prego Restaurant during the lunch rush we were told a table would be 30 mins, after deciding that we would just go elsewhere after waiting awkwardly in the middle of the bar area for a couple of minutes a table magically became free while others stood at the bar waiting. After having a look through the menu, where nothing really jumped out at me, I decided on one of the pizzas. I love strong tasting food, and as the pizzas didn't have any strong flavors asked if the cheese could be swapped out for bluecheese, the waiter declined saying the chefs did no variants on the menu. Although this was understandable the pizza lacked in flavor to the point were I would have preferred a takeout pizza to pregos. I have been overwhelmed by Prego in the past, but was seriously disappointed this time, I will be choosing other places in Ponsonby next time.
Once again Prego Restaurant exceeded all expectations. Simply superb food (if you're a fan of seafood, then Prego is the place to be), great, affable staff and devoid of the pretentiousness that some of the other restaurants along the Ponsonby strip seem to have.
Only downpoint is that you can't book - but that really is Prego's ONLY downpoint in my opinion. A highly recommended Auckland Restaurant!
Took my husband to Prego last week and the meal delivered on expectations, though I was a little annoyed at being made to wait at the bar whilst our table of two was ready whilst 3 tables sat empty. However the great service (from a newbie American lad?) and exquisite food made up for it.
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