Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #13 of 113 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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Al Forno
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Al Forno accepts American Express

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Wow! We booked first table (5 o'clock) and by 5.15 the restaurant was really busy. The service was excellent but the food was even better. If you want an Italian in Takapuna then this is the place - but make sure you book!

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Too good and great quality of food.

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Amazing as Always

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Nakita Stewart

What a lovely dining experience.
The food was so delicious and the service was very prompt.

Highly recommended

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Hannah Reid

Great atmosphere and a large menu to choose from

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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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Rachel Down

Excellent service from friendly staff, amazing food. Will be back!

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The food and service were both superb. Will definitely come back for more.

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We ordered pizza rosmarino, the bread is nice but a bit salty. We had Linguine Marinara, Penne Pollo, and Pollo Parmigiana. Pasta is great but the sauce is ok but not great. Pizza is perfect and delicious.

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Food was amazing, and the service was great! will definitely be returning...

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Maynard Niemeyer

Lovely atmosphere, lovely food, excellent service. What more can one say?!

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Great food , great atmosphere and lovely staff.

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Nice meal.

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Excellent

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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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Rebecca Smith

Amazing food! We all loved it

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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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Incredible food and fabulous service at Al Forno. We will definitely be back soon!

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Great service great food we were welcomed

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Delicious food, wonderful service and lovely ambience.

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Great food, excellent service, authentic Italian! Love the atmosphere and will keep coming back. Liked the earlier booking as it gets busy and noisy.

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Andi Gibbs

Great restaurant, nice atmosphere and awesome staff. Only downside was our meals came out at least 5m apart but they apologised about it. Will definitely be back!

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In many ways i am reluctant to say how good it was as a positive review is likely to attract more people and make it more difficult for me to book a table !.

Al Forno was once again up to its usual excellent standard. Great food, great service and i look forward to heading there again soon.

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Wonderful food and service. Would highly recommend.

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Birgitte Reinen-Hamill

Lovely dining experience! Very friendly service, yummy food, good lively atmosphere. The chicken, and seafood crepes were delicious. Recommended

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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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Alison Lewis

as always a wonderful meal garlic bread is to die for eye fillet steaks are perfectly cooked and the flaours are just beautiful. this is our favourite Italian restaurant and the fact that we eat there twice as much as we used to is just a bonus thank you

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The team at Al Forno welcomed us with fantastic hospitality. Our waiter pre-empted our needs, and checked in on us at the right times without being over-bearing. Between four of us, we enjoyed two pizzas and the linguine marinara, as well as the Caprese salad on the side. The pizzas were a touch salty, and the pasta had a touch too much olive oil, but it was all still a delicious meal to share together in a lovely setting. I expect we'll return in the future.

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Very enjoyable experience, thank you.

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Excellent service, great food. Highly recommended. Even kids loved it.

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We loved our visit to Al Forno, a cosy and quaint little restaurant that we would probably have never found if not for First Table. Food was mostly great - our entrees and my fiance's main were delish but my main (Pollo Galliano) was not to my preference. Definitely an acquired taste - I may have been a bit too adventurous ordering something unknown but this will not stop us returning in the future. Happy customers!

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This place has to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Auckland! Fantastic service and next level food. Ridiculously huge servings too! We will most definitely be back!

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Berdy-Ann Harding

We have never been disappointed with Al Forno, staff are friendly and food is excellent

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Abi Swan

Absolutely love this place! The staff are so welcoming and friendly and the food is amazing! We had a garlic pizza bread to start and then shared a half and half pizza, finished with tirimisu. Food is fresh and it is awesome seeing the pizza being cooked infront of you. Busy restraunt which makes for a great atmosphere. Definitely recommend and one of our favorite places to visit!

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Beautifurl food. Great service and environment.

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Fantastic service quick and friendly. Food was great and would highly recommend.

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The food was excellent and the service could not have been better. Four of us went and each ordered something different. We were quite happy with each of our meals. It was so good we intend to go again.

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Thomas Mann

Great and friendly service, busy ambiente.

Food came very fast, squid starter was not hot enough and not impressive, noodle dish was very nice, antipasti did not have everything listed on the plate, but no problem getting it when querried, pizza was way too salty, deserts were very good.

We have not yet decided if we will be back.

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Emma Hinemoa

Dinner was amazing. We all enjoyed our food and dessert! We will definitely be going back for sure.

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Dawn Hutchison

Absolutlely delicious food and very generous portion size. Service excellent. Will definately be returning again. Thank you Al Forno

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fantastic food and service

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Great restaurant, lovely atmosphere. We shared a Prosciutto Pizza and the Chocolate Caramel Cake. Both were excellent. It was a pity the Maitre 'd was rather glum and not very welcoming though.

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Such good service at Al Forno! Delicious, fulling food too.

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The best Italian restaurant in Auckland

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Jesse Greenslade

As normal Al Forno service was outstanding. Big serving size. Unfortunately my pasta sauce had split a bit, but it was still enjoyable.

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Thank you Al Forno! We had a wonderful time on a much-needed date night - amazing food and service. Thanks for your hospitality, we look forward to coming back!

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Our family of four had a great night out. The food and service was excellent and with the saving on the food bill makes a significant difference with hungry 20 year old sons.

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We were welcomed as we walked in, service was great and we were well looked after. The food was amazing, we had the mozzarella starter (special) and two pizzas. The pizza was thin and crispy, would definitely go back!

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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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This is now one of my favourite restaurants in Auckland. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. The restaurant had a nice ambience and the wine matched by our waiter was spot on. Desserts were incredible too. Highly recommend!!

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