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The Italians

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35 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0245, New Zealand
+64 9-407 5115
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Whangarei
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a beautiful dinner here with a group of 10 people. The service and food was delicious and large meals were served. We want to go bac again. Wine was superb also.

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2 Thank SheilaMack
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I loved cooking for your group and i hope to see you soon again. Arrivederci :) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've been to The Italians before, again, superb food. Four of us just ordering main meals - each meal different - all four meals delicious - portion size, flavours, the lot. Then to dessert, I can recommend the tiramisu! Again, four of us ordered different desserts, again each of us happy. It's not a 'posh' place, very relaxed, great ambience,... More 

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1 Thank Pauline S
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, here at the Italians we are all looking forward to give you another fabulous night out. Arruvederci :) More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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175 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There were very good reviews about this restaurant. We decided to try it. It was a very busy night and we had to wait for a while for our meals. However, I was disappointed because my Cristina was too salty to my taste, and I didn't enjoy it. We had much better meals elsewhere.

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Thank feipo
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

My crew and myself are puzzled as to why you didn’t bring this up on the night you were here with us. Here’s the thing, every dish is freshly prepared to order, nothing is “pre” cooked and, yes, mistakes sometimes happen. Doubling the salt by accident is a possibility, we are not computers. In a nutshell, I have no idea... More 

Melbourne
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126 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We called in at this place while staying in a fabulous Airbnb in Kerikeri. The place was busy and we were told that we may have to wait to to an hour for our meals. Having read the reviews, we still reckoned it was worth waiting and it was. The food in this place is being made to order by... More 

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1 Thank Munro1984
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

It is a pleasure to cook for you, looking forward to your next visit :) More 

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been to this restaurant on many occasions and yet to be dis-appointed. The menu is forever changing so you can always try something new if you like. The chef certainly knows how to cook Italian food, his home made bread is to die for. All meals are generous in size. The menu is extensive with great entree, mains,... More 

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Thank Ross B
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, it is a pleasure to cook for you :) More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally a restaurant in Northland with more than one Vegan option!!! And it wasn't even just 'leave the cheese off' they actually have vegetarian pizzas that you say 'vegan' and they come loaded with flavour and veges. Such a relief. And the omnivores cleared their plates so we were a very happy table!!

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Thank Cara M
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

Nice catching up with you Cara, hope to see you soon again, until the next one. Ciao More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully balanced flavours with a very extensive menu. The food was mouthwateringly tasty and obviously made with love. Definitely recommend.

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gnaffa, Manager at The Italians, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoy my cuisine, my family's recipes never let me down and I'm happy to be able to cook them over here in NZ More 

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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a good night out with great Italian food delivered with passion. Owner always makes you feel welcome and always checks the food was up to expected standards - a great place for a group visit.

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Thank Brian S
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

.........and passion is what drives me! see you soon again for your garlic fix :) More 

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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went last night for first time and would rate this as in the top 5 Italian meals we have had. Very busy because of holiday season and a wee bit of smoke in the air (we were inside) but the food was superb. I had a vegetarian crepe for main which has some slight Mexican flavor that was superb and... More 

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Thank Bjt3
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

I'm honoured by your compliments. Thank you again and I hope to be able to cook for you again soon. Arrivederci More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved our evening at The Italians as did my husband. We arrived early and were initially worried at the cool welcome. However, once the garlic bread arrived we knew this was going to be an outstanding dinner. The funky music added to the rustic decor. I enjoyed a chicken entree which was generous and sufficient for my appetite. I... More 

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Thank SVarrow
gnaffa, Owner at The Italians, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed our (blues) music as well as the rest, I spend a lot of time selecting the right sound for this place and it means a lot to me when it gets noticed. See you soon again :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$28
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0245, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Kerikeri
  • Phone Number: +64 9-407 5115
Description
Italian owned and operated, the chef is from the Emilia Romagna region, where the Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, Parma (prosciutto) ham and fresh pasta was invented. Specialized in North Italian cuisine with seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes. Everything is cooked fresh from scratch a' la' carte. Pizza available too. Fully licenced and BYOW.

Gluten and dairy free options available

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?