Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #9 of 90 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: #9 of 90 restaurants in Auckland 9
Al Forno
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Marcia Swain

Fantastic food and great service. Highly recommend

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Berdy-Ann Harding

Best steak I've ever had!

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James Chen

Perfect.
Literally not a single thing to critique

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Malik Malakai

Highly recommended...we always go to al forno for our pasta and pizza cravings

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Lovely setting, fantastic service, amazing food, we had the lasagne which was the best I have ever eaten

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Kelli Walker

Food and service both amazing!!

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John Gould

As always great food server by a great team.
Well done guys

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Awesome place, great team and excellent services. Unique dishes with traditional Italian tastes. Will return again. 12 out of 10. Highly recommended.

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Kang Ho Lee

Absolutely fantastic real Italian food. We are lucky to have this authentic restaurant in the neighbourhood.

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wonderful food, and great friendly service

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Kate Park

Loved catching up with my friends here at Al Forno, the atmosphere is lovely and cozy, staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was amazing. Would definitely recommend!

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Food was delicious and service was friendly and attentive without being invasive. Would definitely return.

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Lily Grimshaw

Al Forno was a pleasant experience. The service was professional, there was nice selection of drinks and the food was delicious. What more could you want!

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Such a wonderful experience! As a group of 4, we tasted a variety of items on the menu - bruschetta, pizzas, gnocchi, bolognese. All were fantastic! We'll definitely be back.

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Superb!

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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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Delicious Italian food, generous portions (the kids pasta meals were nearly as big as the mains) and friendly staff. Felt like an authentic Italian experience with Italian staff, garlic overload and the best Gelato. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal and wiped our plates clean.

Only criticism is we weren't offered any drinks aside from the initial water and we felt it was a little dark which is probably very atmospheric in the evening but not so much at 5pm.

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We love Alforno for an early family dinner. Our 4 and 2 year olds devour a margherita pizza each!

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Justine Williams

Great night awesome food and lovely staff. Highly recommend.

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Excellent restaurant ... superb food and service!

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Very nice setting. Excellent service. meals were nice. Not outstanding but good flavours and quantities.

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Kelli Walker

Very nice food!! Will definitely be back!!!

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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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Able to call ahead and get food served 5 minutes after being seated. Attentive service without being obsequious. Generous portions including the sauce which was created with clear skill and attention to detail. Will be back.

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Great service and food. My husband is still talking about the Rib Eye Steak! It's up there in his top three ;-)

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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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Loved our dinner the other night at Al Forno! Service was excellent and they were super helpful with the menu and helping us decide what to order. Food was amazing! Will definitely be back again

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Jay Choi

Absolutely highly recommended! !!the best pasta and pizza !!!!!! Loved the selection of beautiful wines as well!!! Excellent service by staffs!! We had a great time and in fact it was a second time in a week, brought another friend along. We will be back soon with a group of 8 :)

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Lee Knapp

Fabulous food and wonderful service, thank you!

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Nakita Stewart

My partner and I had a great date night out....

The veal Marsala was to die for and my partner who’s a qualified chef had the steak with the mustard sauce and he said the flavours were amazing ....
I also had their cocktail of the day which was a creamer brûlée martini and I was very impressed,..

Service was great and the wait staff were all helpful and friendly....

Thanks for a great night out Alforno,
We will definitely be back soon

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Yuan Rae

Not our first time here. Because of the excellent service and the amazing food we came back for more. There will be more visits in the future for sure!

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Al Forno has absolutely the best Italian food around. With such an extensive menu, it's very hard to decide what to have. I had the carbonara. ..devine, and my husband had king prawns which he said were also delicious. Afterwards we shared a gelato, as we were so full from the large portion sizes, but all the desserts sounded lovely. Great service, great atmosphere. My only slightly negative comment is that I thought that the drinks were quite expensive.

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Daniel Thorstensen

Super knowledgeable waiter and all round amazing mains and starters! Will definitely go back!

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Jo McKee

No need for side orders, the meals are served with beautifully cooked vegetables. I had grilled snapper with a little white wine sauce, touches of florence fennel and italian herbs. My husband had the eye fillet and it was considered delicious with that grill flavour you can't replicate at home. Tiramisu for dessert, really very good. Highly recommended.

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Jan Kolisnyk

Al Forno is an amazing restaurant that makes you feel like you’re truly in Italy, food is always amazing- we love this little gem!

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Julie Russell

Beautiful tasty food. Will be back for sure.

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Such a lovely place to eat. Friendly efficient service and amazing food. Thoroughly recommend

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Jessica Vader

Great experience at Al Forno. Delicious food and great service.

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Александар Манговски

Great staff & service

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CZ

Food and service were both amazing!!

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Pollyanna Munro

We had a great time dining at Al Forno! The service was very friendly and the food was to die for! We’ll definitely go back!

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Had a really nice evening at Al Forno last weekend. Best Italian we’ve had in a long time. Looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

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Faye Mataio

Thank you for letting us have the opportunity to dine at Al Forno’s for half the price! It was superb and can’t fault anything. We will definitely be back again :)

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nice food and nice dessert, worth the price and time

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Devon Coetzer

Great food, friendly staff, and great portions

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Stephanie Perwata

We had reservations at 8:15pm last night but we were a bit too early by 15 mins which made us worried if we could get a table or had to wait until the appointed time. But when we arrived at the restaurant, we were assured that it was not a problem at all and we could even chose where we wanted to sit. So it was a wonderful start of our night!

We were served by wonderful waiters that were very attentive and patient in explaining their menu + specials of the night. we ordered 3 dishes:

- Their special pizza 'burrata'
- Fileto al Salmone
- Lasagna

1. The pizza was simply wonderful! ; tomato based, with rocket, slices of prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and topped with a very generous size of FRESH mozzarella ball in the middle on a thin crispy housemade pizza dough. They were fresh, light, delicate, flavourful; simply stunning!!

2. The prime eye fillet was cooked to medium (I asked for it), topped with smoked salmon + prawn, covered in rich white wine cream sauce, served with slices of roast potatoes and veggies (broccoli + carrot + baby beetroot). The steak was tender and very juicy. The sauce was flavourful but not overpowering, The potatoes were crispy and the prawn were melt in your mouth soft!

3. The Lasagna is VERY VERY classic! very fresh tomato taste, very cheesy, and had generous amounts of meat in it! Simple, classic, yet still amazing! When a restaurant can do a classic dish done right; you know they're real good!!

All in all; we were very happy with the food quality and size, and it was just a wonderful night. Thank you Al Forno! Best Italian food I've ever had in Auckland.

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Rebecca McLennan

Best food and dining experience, highly recommend!

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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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Maria Bay

We had an amazing time at Al-Forno! The place was really cozy and inviting with lovely ambience and nice Italian music playing in the background. Friendly service and delicious beautifully presented food! This restaurant definitely has a distinctive Italian flavour! I recommend this place to everyone!

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