Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #5 of 123 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:
Mon Closed
Tues - Sun 5pm til late

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

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Ranked: #1 of 11 restaurants in Takapuna 1
Al Forno
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, Pizza
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Al Forno accepts American Express

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Had yet another fabulous meal at Al Forno. Food is consistently good and the staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Will definitely return.

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Barbara Goldie

Al Forno never disappoints, this is our favorite restaurant on the Shore.. maybe in all of Auckland honestly. Food is always delicious, the service you receive is personable and all their staff stop by to check on you, you don't have to feel like you have to wait for that "one particular waiter" as in some big restaurants. It's a cozy little place where you often see family gatherings, parents with small children, and everyone is having the best time, taking pictures and sharing food because it's so delicious!

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It was my anniversary and my partner being Italian this was a no brainer option. The food truly lived up to the Italian standard. The menu had amazing options and something for everyone, even for people who does not like pizza or pasta. The portions were a really good size and tasted AMAZING. The service was also fantastic, the food was fast and the staff was very friendly. They kept our water glasses filled and we never had empty plates on the table.
Truly an amazing experience with great vibes. This is definitely our favourite Italian restaurant (and we have been to a few). Will definitely recommend!

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Al Forno is a wonderful cosy Italian restaurant. We arrived early and were welcomed in. Had a lovely glass of sav whilst waiting for friends. Our hostess was amazing and explained the menu to us. All three courses were amazing. We will definitely be coming back to visit.

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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
You :)

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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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Superb food great service, excellent value for money.
Would definitely return .

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Excellent food, fast and friendly service. Definitely recommend.

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Addie Wang

Beautiful food as usual.

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Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Will definitely go back again.

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Fantastic food, staff and environment.

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Christine Winsborough

Great food - the beautiful smell as soon as you walk in just makes you want to eat. Will definitely be back such an extensive menu to get through.

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Lovely food, nice venue, great service. Be warned - portions are pretty large. Highly enjoyed, and would consider going back again.

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Delicious as usual
The staff are wonderful
Good music and ambiance

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Michelle Anna

Great food and lovely service, we will definitely be back again.

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Had yet another fabulous meal at Al Forno. Food is consistently good and the staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Will definitely return.

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Great atmosphere, no loud music or what some call music, great food and service. Thanks.

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Clare Fisher

In the spontaneous words of our 7 year old
‘I love this place the food is always so yum’

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Margaret Hooker

Excellent value for money.

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Great food. Service also excellent

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Had a really enjoyable meal! Service was awesome and the food was really good. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

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Helen Doo

Wonderful as always! Made even better by our helpful & friendly waitress Vera.. will return again!

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Great food and atmosphere. Best Italian food in a long time. Definitely will be returning.

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Very nice food and cozy atmosphere with friendly service. We had a fantastic dinner last night. I will definitely share Al Forno with my friends.

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I’m a fan! Loved the food, the restaurant and the typical Italian look of the restaurant. Will definitely visit again and try the rest of the menu :)!

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Ngaire Gale

Beautiful tasty food as always!
Service always great here too.

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Bob Lenihan

Excellent service table placement in restaurant and great help in wine selection.

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Food was really good :D

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Melly Belleza

My family were very impressed with the great service, foods were yummy, staff were friendly. Planning to visit the place again.

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As usual, I was not disappointed. I love the food in this restaurant. Swift service, huge selection of pasta mains and delicious pizza bread to start. Highly recommend

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Ann Kimberly Castillo

Ordered Cosa Nostra pizza, Linguine Al Forno, and Filetto Aglio. Food was OK but nothing special. The linguine was a bit bland.

Service was good though and servers were accommodating!

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Thank you Al Forno for a lovely meal.We had the Filetto Senape and alla Salmone followed by chocolate cake. The food and service was superb!!!!

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We had the AL Forno pizza and the spaghetti AL Forno.
Both were delicious. Pasta was prawns,anchovies chilli lemon white wine.whats not to love there....
Pizza is a firm favourite.
Service as usual was impeccable

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Amazing from start to finish!

Wonderfully warm and attentive staff - delicious food with huge portion and excellent value for money.

Thoroughly authentic and just a lovely experience!

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Jessica Malan

Best rib eye steak in Auckland

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It was fantastic. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing. We enjoyed a special dinner for our daughter's birthday.

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Linda Lawson-Ellis

The whole experience was wonderful from the warm welcoming, the wine list very impressed some great Italian wines, food delicious will have to go back and try other things on the menu

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Barbara Goldie

Al Forno never disappoints, this is our favorite restaurant on the Shore.. maybe in all of Auckland honestly. Food is always delicious, the service you receive is personable and all their staff stop by to check on you, you don't have to feel like you have to wait for that "one particular waiter" as in some big restaurants. It's a cozy little place where you often see family gatherings, parents with small children, and everyone is having the best time, taking pictures and sharing food because it's so delicious!

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We took some overseas visitors from Switzerland to Al Forno for an early Saturday dinner. We were greeted very warmly upon arrival and given a nice table towards the rear of the restaurant. We started with garlic pizza bread to share which was yummy. Three of us had the fillet steak and one the spaghetti bolognaise. We all enjoyed our meals. Dessert was icecream, affogato and the tiramasu. I wasn't very impressed with the tiramasu - it was mostly cream. Other desserts were ok. Overall, a pleasant experience with nice staff.

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It was my anniversary and my partner being Italian this was a no brainer option. The food truly lived up to the Italian standard. The menu had amazing options and something for everyone, even for people who does not like pizza or pasta. The portions were a really good size and tasted AMAZING. The service was also fantastic, the food was fast and the staff was very friendly. They kept our water glasses filled and we never had empty plates on the table.
Truly an amazing experience with great vibes. This is definitely our favourite Italian restaurant (and we have been to a few). Will definitely recommend!

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Both of us enjoyed the Filleto del Salmone with vegetables - the beef was tender, the salmon added an interesting flavour as did the sauce - again, a delicious meal in our favourite restaurant. A dessert of baked cheesecake and pistachio ice cream topped it off superbly. Cider and Pellegrino 'to boot'.

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This was a fantastic restaurant. The food was amazing, I loved the spaghetti carbonara. By far the best italian restaurant I have ever been to. The service was fantastic, incredibly fast and lovely staff.

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Liz Sherlock

Best restaurant in Takapuna

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Al Forno is a wonderful cosy Italian restaurant. We arrived early and were welcomed in. Had a lovely glass of sav whilst waiting for friends. Our hostess was amazing and explained the menu to us. All three courses were amazing. We will definitely be coming back to visit.

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Friendly staff and delicious food. We’re definitely going back!

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Dennis Row

Great food, service and atmosphere. A little piece of Italy

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Good

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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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