Italian

Caffe e Cucina (Rosedale, North Shore City, New Zealand)

This restaurant’s tagline is “JUST LIKE NONNA USED TO MAKE. Come and join us at the number one Italian Restaurant on the North Shore”. Well, that is a bold statement to claim and we are here to find out. We had our fair share of real Italian food, having travelled...

Pesto Pasta

Not all green dishes are created equal, and this pasta recipe is definitely overflowing with flavours. Pesto pasta is an Italian dish made with noodles tossed in a sauce made with crushed garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Sardo and olive oil. Not all great dishes take...

Locatelli (Westgate, Auckland, New Zealand)

This is one of the last few restaurants we haven’t tried at Westgate just merely because Italian cuisine is in our bottom list when we dine out, not a huge fan of pasta and pizza becuase honestly there are many other tasty exciting dishes out there. Don’t get me wrong,...

Bocconcini, Tomato and Basil Salad

Satisfaction guaranteed with just a simple salad like this. Bocconcini, Tomato and Basil Salad is a simple Italian style salad simply prepared with Bocconcini, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. If you love Caprese then you will definitely love this too, it’s the mini version of Caprese,...

Fish Florentine

Fish Florentine is a fish dish prepared Florentine style. Pan fried fish is served on a bed of wilted spinach and red capsicum with Mornay sauce and grated cheese. I love seafood, I love fish, most of the dishes that uses this as a main ingredient are always close to...

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is a type of Italian pasta dish prepared with fettuccine tossed in emulsified butter and Parmesan cheese, with flavour from cream and pan-fried chicken breast. Many years ago I posted an Alfredo recipe which is made with seafood then one person commented on its history and claimed...

Island Gelato (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 4

Island Gelato (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

When I see shops like this, it reminds me of Europe in summer, specifically in the Mediterranean region, there are tons of gelato shops everywhere most of them were amazing.  In New Zealand, it’s a very rare occasion to see something like this, where what is displayed are freshly made from...

Peaches and Cream Panna Cotta 2

Peaches and Cream Panna Cotta

Peaches and Cream Panna Cotta is an Italian jelly dessert prepared with cream jelly topped with pureed fresh peaches I think this is one of the easiest desserts to make, it only takes several minutes to prepare but the results are stunning, surely you will impress the people you serve...

Leonardo's Italian Food & Wine (Rotorua, New Zealand) 9

Leonardo’s Italian Food & Wine (Rotorua, New Zealand)

This was one of our first out of town after COVID Lockdown has been lifted in New Zealand, quite a late post as this happened a couple of months ago when we had a short getaway to Rotorua. Usually during our family birthday month which happens during July we tend...