Cotto restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

by Metro / 21 June, 2018
Winner, Best New Restaurant.

Sweetcorn cappelletti with taleggio. Photos/Nicole Brannen.

Cotto restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Cotto on K Road is a relaxed, contemporary Italian pasta place.

What began as a pop-up in a bar has become something truly special for Auckland – a relaxed, very reasonably priced pasta joint. The menu, by chefs Hayden Phiskie and John Pountney, offers both the charm of the familiar and the thrill of the unknown. The hero is fresh pasta, combined masterfully with seasonal ingredients – think lamb ragu with a surprising lightness and vibrancy, and cappelletti filled with sweetcorn and taleggio that tastes like the last hour of sunlight on a late summer evening (imagine it). These chefs have elevated comfort food to an art form. The room is spacious and relaxed, welcoming diners from all walks of life – uni students dine alongside the pre-theatre crowd, young families next to couples, next to large groups in what feels like a true cross section of the K’ Rd community.

What it offers Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups / Good for kids
A favourite dish Spinach and ricotta dumplings
Awards Winner, Best New Restaurant; Runner-up (Joint), Best City-Fringe Bistro
Hours Dinner Mon-Sat
Bookings Only for groups of six or more
Price $
Seats 80
Chefs Hayden Phiskie, John Pountney

cotto.co.nz
375 Karangahape Rd, K’ Rd precinct
Ph 394-1555

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Fresh handmade pasta is the drawcard at Cotto.

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