My favourite Italian restaurant in Auckland doesn't serve pizza. And although I consider it fine dining, it doesn't have the restrained formal atmosphere you associate with many restaurants; it is a place for loud and raucous eating, to share with friends. Even before it was named the winner of Cuisine magazine's Best Specialist Restaurant award in 2010, we knew it was special.
The first few times we ate at O'Sarracino, we were given samples at the slightest suggestion of interest: two types of cheeses one time, and a digestif similar to limoncello another time. The restaurant was beautiful, with polished wooden floors and stained glass windows left over from the days when the building was, ahem, a funeral parlour. The reason we kept coming back, though, was for the food, which was unlike anything we had eaten before in other Italian restaurants.
You simply cannot go to O'Sarracino without trying the antipasti platters. We have never ordered dishes one by one, instead asking the waiter to bring out a selection of the specialties, which are always just right in terms of size and taste. Where else would you go for something like casatiello, hand made bread with salami, pancetta and cheese rolled inside?
|Antipasti: cured meats and bread, casatiello with crumbed eggplant, insalata caprese, vegetables Naples style, bruschetta, and insalata di mare|
|A selection of pasta, meat and seafood mains selected by our waiter|
|Desserts of the day: chocolate pot, tiramisu, panettone with icecream, and panna cotta|
Antipasti platters, pastas, basically anything the waiters recommend! Allow at least $60 per person.
Ask and you shall receive.
Bookings required. Going with a larger group will let you try more dishes.
3-5 Mount Eden Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland
(09) 309 3740
Tuesdays to Saturdays 6:30pm till late.
|O'Sarracino is on Mount Eden Road, close to the intersection with Symonds Street|