We do not have Michelin star restaurants in New Zealand, I guess they don't know where we are. We do, however have some wonderful restaurants and wine makers.
So we were determined to try one to see what the hype was about. We were not disappointed. Il Don Giovani was one of the best dining experiences we have had - anywhere. It is intimate and delightful. Marcos partner in the kitchen also came out to greet us which was a nice touch.
Marco attended to us throughout the night with a warm, friendly manner. Apparently this is his style even when there is a full house.His knowledge of wine was encyclopedic. We challeneged him to show us white wines that would impress us. We weren't overly fussed about many Italian whites. He rose to the challenge. We learnt things about wine and, and were served wine we had never heard of. Including a very rare Mandurian red that he has the only stock of. The food was superb, as one would expect. It was relatively expensive, but one must pay to experience this level of service. The portions were perfectly adequate for us, savouring such wonderful food slowly does tend to make you satisfied without huge helpings.
We highly recommend a splurge at Il Don Giovani.
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