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“Pleasantly Surprised”

Zanellis Italian Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 223 Restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
NZ
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

My wife and I bought a grabone voucher for Zanellis and before we booked, I checked reviews on Tripadvisor and other sites. Some of the reviews were less than positive and so we were a bit worried. The welcome we got was friendly, our table was ready, the waitress was polite and didn't push or crowd us. We ended up getting two starters each (we're not big eaters); mussels, salmon, soup, garlic bread. The food arrived very quickly and was really tasty. The mussels tasted fresh and the crumb topping yum. The salmon again tasted fresh and was cooked perfdctly. The soup and garlic bread were bang on.

We thought the other reviews were a little unfair, but i guess sometimes personalities can clash. Zanellis food is on the more expensive side but we both went away pleasantly full and happy.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Chris G
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English first
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lacking Ambience”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Meal was good however waitress sat behind the counter staring at us as if she wanted us to leave very uncomfortable!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jacksabroad
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“ITALIAN THEY SAY”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

dined on a Tuesday night smattering of people present,
Seated by wait person reasonably promptly and offered wine list , had a glass of wine but couldn't have another as they had run out but was offered an inferior Supermarket Bargain Buy wine by the glass ... no thanks
Menu had pastas and other mains so asked if the pastas were a speciality and was told by the wait person your choice... so decied they may not be
Ordered a bread and dip , which consisted of two slices of cibatta with a pesto dips , nothing to rave about
Main course I had was a chicken breast pan-fried with salsa and potatoes and vegies of the day . $32 all inclusive
Breast was rather dry and sitting atop of 4 floury potatoes and in the middle of that was what they called the salsa , finely chopped mushrooms and 4 pieces of tomato, that is not salsa in my books //
the salsa did nothing to enhance any flavours so all in all rather disappointing no hint of any Italian about that meal , no Italian flavours at all , no garlic ??
vegies were a medly of steamed vegies with a little mixed herb seasoning
Coffee was very strong and bordering on burnt
would I return no would seek another experience in Rotorua that maybe was Italian

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank johntoddl
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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
1 review
“Not friendaly”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We been this resturant last few days. We used two grabone vouchers for that dinner, but owner said you only can use one, they donot have any details on the voucher and she also told me donot buy any her business vouncher in the future, We are as welcome as a storm.She is really not friendly.
The price of food and beverage is really high, but the quality is not matching the price. We order a beef eye for main food, just a little slice piece still charge 36.00$. The taset also is not good enohgh. Trust me do not choose this resturant, otherwise you will regret.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank xuncao
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Fake Grape Italian :D”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

We absolutely adore the lit up plastic grapes that adorn the wall - and that image should convey the kind of experience that Zanellis' provides. The food is respectable and the prices are reasonable (bearing in mind that Rotorua is on the pricey side).

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Nicole S
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