We live in France and spend quite a lot of time in Italy - wonderful thin pizzas available in both places, normally cooked in wood-fired ovens.
We are just coming to the end of our 14th and, sadly, last visit to New Zealand. All but one of those visits have lasted for 3 months. Clearly we love NZ but, as people who like to get a decent pizza once a week or so, we have been gravely disappointed in that regard. It is very difficult to find a decent pizza in this country. The bases are usually pastry, are very poor, and are sometimes inedible.
So what a delight to find Passione, in Kaikoura. The pizzas were not only the best we have ever had, by a huge margin, in New Zealand - they were the best pizzas we have had anywhere - France and Italy included, for several years.
Passione is THE place to go for a pizza in New Zealand. All the other food we could see also looked excellent. The service was friendly and efficient.
We can't recommend it enough.
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