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Wednesday4:30 – 10:30 pm.

Thursday4:30 – 10:30 pm.

Friday4:30 – 10:30 pm.

Saturday4:30 – 10:30 pm.


375 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland

09 394 1555

You simply can’t talk about the best of Auckland’s dining scene without mentioning Cotto. In a few short years, this humble Italian-style eatery tucked away along Karangahape Road has more than made a mark for itself in the city’s foodie zeitgeist. 

Helmed by pasta connoisseur and chef John Pountney, a meal at Cotto is nothing short of memorable. If you couldn’t already tell, this place is popular, so make a booking, or arrive bang on opening time to secure a spot. And believe us when we say it’s well worth it. 

Your efforts in nabbing a table are rewarded with a cosy, lively atmosphere. The energetic, open kitchen is complemented by communal seating and warehouse-style industrial finishings. Pair this with a classic Italian tipple—think an Aperol or Limoncello spritz—and you’ve got yourself a winner. 

Put simply, dinner is a sharing affair. Small plates are brought out as they’re ready, making it the perfect snacking situation for your crew. The dinner menu boasts a moreish selection of Italian favourites that change with the seasons. 

Staples on the line-up include house-made focaccia, Italian-style dumplings, specialty lamb and pork dishes, as well as a curated choice of fresh pasta numbers. Expect ragu through to spaghetti, but count yourself truly lucky if their legendary kumara gnocchi with ricotta, gorgonzola, walnut and watercress is on the menu. 

When dessert rolls around, one thing is for sure, it doesn’t disappoint. The seasonal line-up offers panna cotta, sorbets, Affogato, gelato and of course, some sort of Tiramisu element. You’ll want to indulge with an after-dinner cocktail along the lines of a Frangelico Sour or Tiramisu Martini. 

Whether it’s casual after-work drinks or a special celebration, Cotto is a rare gem that delivers on all occasions. What’s more, the price point is super reasonable—with small bites at $6 and larger pasta plates at $22. And since you’ll be among the hustle and bustle of Karangahape Road, there’s no better place to kick-start an evening out in Auckland. 

Words by Jess Willemse & Photography by Anna Briggs

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375 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland

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