THE CHANNEL EATING OUT GUIDE: Feature Restaurant
Al Forno Italian Restaurant: Feature Restaurant
Eating out on the shore : Italian Charm in Takapuna
In English, Al Forno means ‘from the oven’ and it is abundantly clear why, given the spectacular focal point which dominates this exquisite Takapuna restaurant.
The authentic stone oven, imported from Italy, is a stunning feature which not only wows visitors with its rustic charm but enables Al Forno to create mind-blowingly good dishes.
Everything about this Anzac Street eatery exudes Southern European charm.
From the warm, family-like welcome visitors receive, to the scent reminiscent of evening time in an Italian town square, Al Forno delivers a genuine, quality experience.
Tuesday through to Sunday, dinner is served from 5pm to late, with Thursday and Friday offering the opportunity to lunch Al Forno-style between 12 and 3pm.
Each month, new specials are added to the mouth-watering menu giving customers old and new the chance to experience more flavoursome dishes expertly crafted by the highly-experienced chefs.
Hosts and owners Maria and Emilio have been delighting North Shore locals and customers from far and wide for two years. They have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from neighbouring businesses and Takapuna locals, with those from offices across the road being particularly kind during their start-up months and ever since.
The pair has well and truly made the North Shore their home, after arriving in New Zealand 17 years ago. They are delighted to be raising their two children in this beautiful region.
Maria said: “It’s a lovely small community where everyone knows each other. I like that people are honest here, I appreciate that honesty.”
And an honest piece of advice to all is - do not go through this winter without trying their exceptional wood-fired pizzas. They really are that good.
Al Forno – Pizza, Pasta, Seafood and Meat dishes. Dine in or takeout.
34 Anzac St, Takapuna. Phone: 488 0179 – www.alforno.co.nz