Thank you Cucina 1871 for bringing Italy to Oamaru. After many recommendations we decided to make the 3 hour drive from Christchurch and were lucky enough to be one of the guests who got to enjoy the "Italian Long Lunch" (secretly we were excited you had a cancellation so we could come). The lunch gavew us the opportunity to try a variety of dishes. We were greeted by your staff and welcomed like we were part of the family - and of course there were many guests ready to dine. The service was outstanding - for such large numbers dining at no stage did we have to attend to ourselves, nothing was a problem and you could tell all staff "Love What They Do". Then came the food - well actually the "Prosecco" first I have a new found love for sparkling wine - but back to the food, never having been a fan of Eggplant - I am converted the Eggplant (Aubergine) Parmigiana had me enjoying seconds, the Pork Belly would be highly recommended - it was full of flavour, tender and melted in your mouth, visiting an Italian restaurant must include Pasta and we weren't disappointed with the Basil Pesto Spagetti. Not often eating dessert usually we had a Lemon Tart and Semi Freddo - a beautiful way to finish our meal. I am already planning a weekend to Oamaru again to enjoy the hospitality of the Cucina 1871 and we can't wait to try the Pizza's, although I think my husband will struggle to sway from the Pork Belly.
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