Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #6 of 114 restaurants in Auckland

In the heart of Takapuna, just a short walk from the beach and conveniently located next to a car park, Al Forno is great for large and small groups, family dining or an intimate dinner for two.

The atmosphere is inviting and warm, with rolling hills and Italian vineyards painted on the walls and a large wood-fire oven taking centre stage. Devour delicious wood-fired pizzas with an authentic Italian flavour from the wood-fire oven. A variety of toppings are on offer, with flavours and combinations to suit all. Mouth-watering seafood, meat and vegetarian pastas; 21-day- aged steak and free range chicken dishes are on the menu too.

The wine list boasts all the essentials from Italy, Australia and New Zealand. There’s also beers, spirits and an enticing list of cocktails (hint: there’s no better way to round off an Italian meal than an expertly made espresso martini).

After-dinner entertainment is an easy choice, as Takapuna’s movie theatre is conveniently located above the restaurant!

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Al Forno
34 Anzac St. Takapuna North Shore
Auckland 0622

Open Hours:
Tues - Sun: 5pm - Late

Phone: 09 488 0179
Website: www.alforno.co.nz

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Ranked: #2 of 11 restaurants in Takapuna 2
Al Forno
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Al Forno accepts American Express

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El Forno had delicious food, I had the spaghetti vongele and it was authentic with a mouth watering broth at the bottom my daughters had a spaghetti carbonara, and a fantastic pizza, amazing flavours, big servings and the service was attentive and friendly. Al Forno is a family favourite restaurant now .

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Amber Brereton

We dined as a family of 4 and the kids really enjoyed it there. Warm friendly atmosphere and the kids were given paper and pencils for colouring which was great. Tasty quality food and quick service.

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Larissa Batajelo

We got there 10 minutes earlier but as the restaurant was almost opening the waiter let us in. Amazing customer service from the beginning to the end! Waiter was very attentive and kind. Food was quick and delicious, as always! A little piece of Italy in New Zealand. My favorite part was the bruschetta pizza bread! I’m not a huge fan of raw tomatoes but their seasoning is so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating! Definitely recommend and will be returning soon.

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Maria Pritchard

The food was amazing, the Montepulciano wine was divine, I felt like I was in Italy, We will def be back!

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It is a last minute decision to eat dinner at Al Forno and have a great tine. The service is so good and friendly. The pasta and pizza are delicious. Almost miss the desert. Thanks to the nice server. We definitely coming back to try their other dishes. Cheers.

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Outstanding service and food. Highly recommend Al Forno.

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Al Forno is our favorite restaurant in Auckland! We ate here on Wednesday evening to celebrate our 7 year anniversary as well as our 20 week scan for our first baby. Always wonderful service, delicious food, and everything is very authentic Italian. I tried the Montepulciano, which was the red wine special of the week and it was absolutely delicious. We always order a pizza bread to share and a different pasta dish each (usually the carbonara and the alfredo), but everything on the menu is fabulous! WE LOVE AL FORNO!!!

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Christine Winsborough

First time visiting this restaurant. Lived up to expectations. All 3 courses were amazing and served by first class staff.

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Deidre Light

Sensational food, and hospitable authentic Italian service! For starters we tried the garlic pizza bread and mixed olives - SO tasty... and the mains: silky smooth fettucine, flavourful apricot chicken and the tortellini cooked to perfection. Suffice it to say, we left with nothing remaining on our plates and very happy tummies!

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This is one of my absolute local favs so knew it would be a great meal as they are consistent. The Galliano chicken was delicious and had the perfect combination of greens and some crispy potato. Was recommended to have the bruschetta which I know is yummy but declined as watching the carbs. Had a glass of the recommended Italian, very smooth. Service was faultless and had nice table by window. Buzzy and busy atmosphere. Perfect start to the evening before going to The Queen show.

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Linguini & steak was divine, great atmosphere.

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The services and food are exceptional! Love the waiter’s comment: “Everything here is Italian including the waiter!” Services exceeded expectation and the food was very tasty and good portion. Love this place and would definitely come back for more delicious food! Thank you for having us on a busy night.

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Beniwal Ankit

Amazing food.. Amazing service.. on top of that one of the best wines collection.. 5star

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Beautiful meal as always. My only trouble when I come here is what to get because everything I've tried I LOVE. Great service, beautiful setting and chill atmosphere. Highly recommend for true Italian cuisine

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Jassy Pause

Amazing restaurant with delicious authentic Italian food! The atmosphere was lovely and the service was perfect. Will definitely be going back and would highly reccommend if your looking for a nice place for dinner. Thank you Al Forno! :)

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From the moment we arrived at Al Forno we were welcomed with a big smile, friendly staff who are attentive and authentic. The restaurant has a great buzz about it and although we were early for first table there were already a few tables occupied. To start we had Fegatini di Pollo (chicken livers) and Burrata (cheese, tomatoes, prosciutto, fresh rocket, warm pizza bread, balsamic crema) yummy. For mains Pollo Parmigiana and pizza. Again both delicious, hot and arrived in great time. I tried 2 cocktails to wash down the food which were also amazing, To finish off I had Tiramisù which was divine. My partner however doesn't have a sweet tooth so he finished with a chicken crepe and this was delicious. A great night, great food, great atmosphere and highly recommend. Al Forno you did it again delizioso

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Had a really good time at Al Forno on Saturday night. Food was delicious and fresh, and the service was fantastic - very attentive wait staff. Very simply the experience was bellissimo! We will definitely go back again!

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The food was amazing.
We weren’t asked if we wanted a doggy bag and for that reason they cooked a complimentary garlic pizza bread which we had for lunch the following day. Exceptional service which is evident by its popularity. 5 plus all round.

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Absolutely loved this restaurant. Great atmosphere and great decor. The place was cozy without feeling cramped in between tables.

Food was absolutely amazing, came out in a timely fashion and was absolutely delicious. Staff and service was excellent, friendly staff who regularly checked up on you with a great smile on their faces. 10/10 would recommend

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We had 2 pizzas and gnocchi, tiramisu and creme brulee as deserts. Tasty Italian foods and friendly attentive staff. We want to try their pasta but we were too full, so we need come back sometime.

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Caleb Sea

We left feeling happy with a belly full of joy. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was amazing, the atmosphere was lovely, it was an all round great night. I can't wait to go back. We ate the funghi which was amazing, best mushroom dish ever, followed by the linguine Al forno yum! There were so many prawns and the fresh, simple well balanced flavours was Divine. Best Italian restaurant I've been too, including the ones we've been to in Italy.

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This was a fine dining experience. From the warm welcome, attentive waiters, Italiano ambiance (love those accents!) and exquisite food we are now dedicated fans. The sauces and flavours of the the chicken crepe and veal scallopini Marsala were rich and authentic. Pistachio gelato and creme brûlée was a decadent and delicious finale. Like Arnie, we will be back.

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Rachel Su

We really enjoyed our meal at Al Forno, each dish is amazing. The chef's cooking is really amazing....!! Their staff is super friendly too!

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Catherine Munro

I took my friends who live in Adelaide to Al Forno, as I had heard it was a great restaurant.. it is..we loved it. My friends steak was in his words the best steak he has ever had. My girlfriend and I both had the schnapper and devoured every mouthful. We decided on Italian wine to go with the flavour of the night and i am going back to have another meal and some more of that White. Thanks First Table and Al Forno, i impressed my friends. Cath.

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Crystal Steele

We dine out a fair bit in takapuna but had never tried al forno. It was AMAZING. Best service we have had in a LONG time - extremely genuine staff, efficient, attentive, friendly. The place was packed but the service remained top notch. Food was delicious, authentic, nothing to fault. Nice lighting, warm inside, spotless bathrooms. Fabulous night and we will be back for sure and recommending this place to all friends and family. Well done!

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Always an amazing experience at Al forno! Our favourite Italian restaurant in Auckland! We love the friendly service, delicious wood fire pizza and they do the BEST gnocchi here. Thanks for a 10/10 night!

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Maddie Abell

This was our first time here and it was amazing! We had the Bruschetta and mussels to start which were divine. Then we had the prosciutto pizza and Caprino pizza to share and loved both of them! Can’t wait to come back.

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Nicky Guttin

Having the first table at Al Forno was a great experience. The restaurant is very popular and gets busy later on so eating earlier was perfect for us. We took our 2 young children with us who were very kindly treated by the staff and who loved their meals. The food is absolute quality and we will definitely be back!

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Jenny Dubouzet-Maximo

My husband and I enjoyed our dining experience at Al Forno. We ordered Risotto Calamari, lasagne, garlic pizza bread, calamari, Cozze and few glasses of Pinot noir. Each dish was delish and of high quality produce and their wine list was great too! The service was beyond excellent, we were looked after. We will be coming back for sure!

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Damon Ritai

Great eating establishment, excellent service, food was delicious and fresh, the steak was cooked to perfection, the fish of the day was blue cod, very well cooked, del pollo was lovely and cremy. Highly recommended and we woll be back.

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Vickie Vernon

AMAZING! Seriously everything was incredible. The service was welcoming and authentic. The food had so much flavour and really generous portions. The ambiance was perfect, warming and romantic. The wine selection of Italian wines - superb.
Best first table experience so far! Thank
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Sean Drake

The food was amazing, the restaurant looked really nice and as you walk through the door the woodfire oven made the place smell so fantastic! Staff were really helpful and polite, great place!

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We had decided to take my father out for a special dinner and Al Forno certainly delivered the goods - he literally hasn’t stopped talking about how amazing it was! We were greeted pleasantly, seated with the warmest welcome and the utmost care. Drinks arrived followed by our delicious starters - crispy garlic Parmesan bread and olives. Our mains of eye fillet and chicken were phenomenally tasty, cooked to perfection and had the perfect amount of plated sauce and vegetables. We couldn’t miss dessert and finished the evening with Tiramisu all round! Staff were incredibly attentive, friendly and informative. What a fantastic evening we will definitely be back!

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Courtney Tierney

Delicious as always! I had the Alforno linguine - so yum with lots of big fresh prawns. The little one had a Hawaiian pizza which was fresh and the dough was nice and salty and my husband had the carbornara (his usual) and they didn’t disappoint. Great service also!!

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Abi Swan

Absolutely amazing food and service! We were welcomed in and didn't feel rushed at all. We had the specials explained to us and once we had decided, the food came out very quickly. It was awesome seeing the pizza being cooked fresh in front of you. We had seafood pastas and there was a decent amount of seafood which was very fresh. We never normally have desserts but the tiramisu was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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Celine Chooi

I had the best mussels here, they were fresh & plump. The clam spaghetti & woodfire pizzas were delicious. The waiter who served us were attentive & helpful. My family enjoyed our dinner & will come back again for sure. Thank you.

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STEPHEN TROTT

Al Forno is without doubt my favourite Italian place to eat. We have been there four times now and have never been disappointed. The food is always perfectly cooked and tasty and the service is great, thanks Francisco. They also have a good selection of Italian wine to go with the meal. Having been to Italy recently we are impressed by the authenticity of the whole place. I had the 500gm 21 day aged rib eye cooked medium rare, yum. dinner topped off with Affogato and espresso. We'll be going again soon.

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Audrey Honiball

We had a wonderful time. The service was top notch and the food delicious.
I love that they have a kids menu and the first table time really suits us having a toddler. It's quiet, and early enough and we all get to have a great experience!

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Amazing experience dinning at Alforno Takapuna. The costumer service was outstanding from the minute we got there. Very kindly staff helped us choose our meals, always aware of our table, asking if we would like more water,plates,servilletas,etc. The Food was outstanding! really nice presentation, perfect portions and very very tasty food. I will recommend having the Pasta Mariana if you like seafood like I do. Will defiantly come back again and enjoy a true Italian Restaurant.

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Amy O'Brien

Absolutely amazing!!!! We ordered the calamari, ravioli, lasagna and gnocchi and it was incredible. I really couldn’t fault - big portions, so much cheese (YUM) and professional service! Please visit here - you won’t be disappointed!

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Brett and Gini Biddle

Great place, great time...this was a family outing celebrating a birthday. We were greeted with smiles and seating comfortably with open view to street, breeze wafting thru. Al forno staff know how to look after their guests and there are boards posting specials including cocktails, wine and food. We enjoyed all including a Gin fizz with rose water, bubbles (lovely light prosecco) to start. Our teenagers were also well catered for with drinks. Wood fired Pizzas also satisfied the boys whilst Birthday girl and I selected Fegatini di Pollo (sauteed chicken livers) and a generous Rib eye (aged 21 days). Deserts were a must and this was accompanied with a surprise birthday candle from the kitchen (no prompting by me I promise). All in all a great place to be and a great time and atmosphere. Yes, we love Al fornos and the staff/owners. Thanks.

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Our dining experience at this restaurant was first class, would definitely return and definitely recommend. It was also really nice to dine earlier, we sat in the late afternoon sun and simply watched the world go by whilst enjoying a chilled glass of wine, definitely the way to go

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Karen McGough

We had a fabulous time - we were celebrating my husband's 60th Birthday and we were thoroughly impressed with our whole experience! Right from our initial greeting, we were treated superbly! The meals were impeccable - I had the apricot chicken which just melted in my mouth - the flavours were just devine! My husband had the prime eye fillet with onion which was cooked to perfection. An amazing meal. Thank you!

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Kevin Wang

Excellent food! Excellent service! The staff were all very lovely and had smiles on their faces at all times which made our dining experience that much more enjoyable. Not to mention the food, fresh and delicious, highly recommend the pizzas and their baked potato! Would definitely come back for another time!

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Karen Holmes

Al Forno is lovely, the food is perfect with a great choice for all ages and the staff are really friendly, helpful and attentive even on a really busy night. We will definitely be back.

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Emma Yang

Had an awesome experience at Al Forno. Food and service was top notch, and we highly recommend the blue cheese gnocchi. Will be definitely returning again.

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What a fabulous restaurant! We loved everything about it, from the cheerful, authentic welcome, to the beautiful mural on the wall and of course the delicious food.
I can't wait to go back!

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sandra Gould

fabulous as usual. this place is consistently good.
I can never go past the figatini and side of vegetables.
tiramisu is a must

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Al Forno is AMAZING!! My new favourite! Staff were all very welcoming, friendly, and efficient. Atmosphere was fantastic. Food portions were generous and absolutely deliciously amazing! We had pizzas, pastas, and other mains (fish/chicken) and nobody was disappointed. Loved every bite and every minute. Menu had so many good options we will definitely be going back to try more. Also it was great to have gluten-free options on the menu and I appreciated that the staff explained they were "low gluten" since they shared cooking surfaces (especially the pizza oven). Thank you for a lovely evening team!

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Jennifer White

Al Forno offers more than dinner - it is an experience. The atmosphere, staff and divine food all come together to provide dining excellence. The antipasto platter was laden with so much choice and the pizza was amazing. I will definitely go back there!

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Roisín Ni Chuireáin

This was our first time eating at this fabulous restaurant. We extremely enjoyed the mouthwatering and delicious food and the servers were a delight! 10/10 would recommend and we will be back for our anniversary dinner!

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Celine Chooi

We had a date night with another couple. We were shown to our table & menu instantly & the friendly manager/waiter briefed us through the special for the day. The other waiters were friendly too & occasionally ensure that we were enjoying ourselves. Food was delicious & extremely love the pasta selection we made. Great service & good food. Kudos to Al Forno, will be back in future.

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Sajid Choudhary

The bruschetta is to die for.
The kids love their Margarita's.
My pizza was unbelievable and my wife's pasta fantastic.
Seriously, the best Italian I've ever had.
And the dessert??? The size of the scoops for the kids. They were shocked and I've never seen them not finish an ice cream!

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Rebecca McLennan

Most delicious quality food. Steak dish was melt in your mouth and gnocchi was amazing. Desserts were incredible, gelato was the best we have ever had. Very knowledgable when asked questions about the menu and helpful, friendly staff. Immaculately clean and sturdy highchair for our little one so he was safe and happy throughout our meal. Great kids selection and they loved their food too. Lovely cosy atmosphere. A top dining experience and we will definitely be back, we have found our new favourite!

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Jessica Sekula

Exceptional service! The waiters were attentive and polite. The food was great as well. The calamari comes as four pieces (large) in a sauce. Margarita pizza was very nice. Lasagna was brought out piping hot in a baking dish and the stuffed chicken with ham and mozzarella was beautiful. We cannot fault this place and will certainly be back!

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We had such a great dining experience at Al Forno. Our food was excellent. Our group of four each ordered different things and we all really enjoyed our meals. The service was great as well, attentive but not overbearing. And the atmosphere was very cosy - perfect for a winter meal with friends. Highly recommend this place - will definitely be coming back!

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Both my friend and I had a wonderful time here, the food was amazing and so was the dessert, its a cozy little place and has the best Italian food and service, was fantastic!

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Greer Pivac

This narrow little restaurant hidden next to some mediocre food joints is well worth every cent!
The sauces on every meal are so yummy it's indescribable! Great service from the beginning too

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Kylie Sinclair

First night out without baby in a long time! Al Forno was the perfect choice! Super fast and very friendly service and food was amazing! Cant wait to go back. Have already told some family to check this place out too.

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Best pizza and rib eye in Auckland

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Tasty food, generous portions, good kids menu and friendly service.

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Troy Mclure

Great food. Great service. Very good pizza

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Shaun Hodgkinson

Awesome service, and very good food. We had a blast.

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Great night out. Both food and service were excellent. Very kid friendly. Would highly recommend Al Forno

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Abi Swan

Great food and service as usual!

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Best Italian. Love the place.

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Seriously the best Italian food in auckland.

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Really great meal with great service - lovely night out.

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El Forno had delicious food, I had the spaghetti vongele and it was authentic with a mouth watering broth at the bottom my daughters had a spaghetti carbonara, and a fantastic pizza, amazing flavours, big servings and the service was attentive and friendly. Al Forno is a family favourite restaurant now .

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Michelle Stratton

Delicious food. Awesome service. Sooooo much choice. Will definitely be back. Need to try everything on the menu.

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Amber Brereton

We dined as a family of 4 and the kids really enjoyed it there. Warm friendly atmosphere and the kids were given paper and pencils for colouring which was great. Tasty quality food and quick service.

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The food was exceptional and the staff were very friendly. Will definitely go back again

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Lovely meal, staff were excellent. Excellent pizza. Thanks

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LOVED it!!! Food was amazing and the service out if this world! Will be back for sure. Hubby enjoyed his birthday there so much and he loved his wood fire pizza! Highly recommended

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Amazing food, wine and service. I cant wait to go back again for a feast. :)

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Mark Seedall

Excellent evening! Great food and service

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Victoria Howard

Great food service and atmosphere

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Had a lovely experience here, the staff are so friendly and the food is good! The place is quite busy and lively! Perfect for a date night

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Great food with authentic atmosphere:)

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Great food and service we always come to Al Forno for our Italian food fix

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Larissa Batajelo

We got there 10 minutes earlier but as the restaurant was almost opening the waiter let us in. Amazing customer service from the beginning to the end! Waiter was very attentive and kind. Food was quick and delicious, as always! A little piece of Italy in New Zealand. My favorite part was the bruschetta pizza bread! I’m not a huge fan of raw tomatoes but their seasoning is so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating! Definitely recommend and will be returning soon.

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The food was great complimented with fast and friendly service. We will dine here again in the future.

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Wonderful food as usual. Service was good, very attentive. Very friendly staff all round.

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This restaurant never fails to please. The food was up to it’s usual high standards. A minor detail with the service was the only disappointment. Meals were delivered promptly but there was a long wait to have the plates cleared. A very small thing that did not take away from the overall experience.

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Pollyanna Munro

The food was incredibly delicious per usual

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Maria Pritchard

The food was amazing, the Montepulciano wine was divine, I felt like I was in Italy, We will def be back!

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Anastasia Brown

Lovely meal in a warm cosy restaurant. Staff were great and very friendly.

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Tsjkasjf Thosdkds

Great food, great service, always happy in Al Forno. Thank you.

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It is a last minute decision to eat dinner at Al Forno and have a great tine. The service is so good and friendly. The pasta and pizza are delicious. Almost miss the desert. Thanks to the nice server. We definitely coming back to try their other dishes. Cheers.

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Outstanding service and food. Highly recommend Al Forno.

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Had a lovely time here, the food was great and staff were very accommodating and welcoming. Highly recommend and will definitely be back soon.

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Super friendly staff, great atmosphere! Very attentive despite how busy it got. The baked chicken crepes were delightful.

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Great first experience with First Table. Great ambiance and amazing food....the pizza bread was super yummy and we absolutely loved it. The staff were very attentive and friendly. A perfect dining experience in Al Forno. We will be back. Thanks.

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Great service and delicious authentic food.

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Al Forno has always been a favourite for us. The staff are lovely and attentive, the atmosphere is warm and relaxing, and the food is divine.

A lovely selection of wines, I chose a Central Otago Rose and my partner chose a Barossa Valley Shiraz. There is a large selection of Italian wines if you are after a more authentic experience.

The dishes we chose were two entrees and two mains. The entrees were a chicken crepe (crepe de pollo I think it was called) and the special Bruscetta with tomato and basil on top. Next time, we would only get one entree as they are very large and could easily have satisfied us if we had a dessert afterwards. My partner chose a Lasagne - his favourite meal - and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I chose the Scalopinni Marsala - almost like having a roast veal with beautifully cooked veggies. The sauce was amazing.

We chose to finish off with a coffee. The coffee was lovely - flat white and a capuccino. I would say the coffee is on par with most of Takapuna- thoroughly enjoyable but not the best we have had.

We will definitely come here again. It was our third visit and First Table made it so much more affordable for us so we appreciate being able to treat ourselves on my partner’s birthday.

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Good food and service

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Al Forno is our favorite restaurant in Auckland! We ate here on Wednesday evening to celebrate our 7 year anniversary as well as our 20 week scan for our first baby. Always wonderful service, delicious food, and everything is very authentic Italian. I tried the Montepulciano, which was the red wine special of the week and it was absolutely delicious. We always order a pizza bread to share and a different pasta dish each (usually the carbonara and the alfredo), but everything on the menu is fabulous! WE LOVE AL FORNO!!!

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Daniel Tau

AWESOME !!!

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Christine Winsborough

First time visiting this restaurant. Lived up to expectations. All 3 courses were amazing and served by first class staff.

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Amanda Yang

Like the food, the service and the vibe!

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Deidre Light

Sensational food, and hospitable authentic Italian service! For starters we tried the garlic pizza bread and mixed olives - SO tasty... and the mains: silky smooth fettucine, flavourful apricot chicken and the tortellini cooked to perfection. Suffice it to say, we left with nothing remaining on our plates and very happy tummies!

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Great pizza and variety of Italian wine. Will definitely go back there.

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Really nice staff and excellent service.

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This is one of my absolute local favs so knew it would be a great meal as they are consistent. The Galliano chicken was delicious and had the perfect combination of greens and some crispy potato. Was recommended to have the bruschetta which I know is yummy but declined as watching the carbs. Had a glass of the recommended Italian, very smooth. Service was faultless and had nice table by window. Buzzy and busy atmosphere. Perfect start to the evening before going to The Queen show.

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- dined at Al Forno on

Such a lovely restaurant with excellent food and amazing staff.

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- dined at Al Forno on

Lewis Jellyman

Incredible food! The best pizza you can get in Takapuna. Really friendly staff!

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- dined at Al Forno on

Andrew Myred

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and very authentic. Bellissimo !!

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- dined at Al Forno on

Wendy Cresswell

Very friendly staff, beautiful food, thank you

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- dined at Al Forno on

Linguini & steak was divine, great atmosphere.

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- dined at Al Forno on

Kajal Mankal

One of the best Italian foods we have eaten by far! Excellent service. Will go back again :)

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- dined at Al Forno on

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