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Passersby are often treated to the sight of pasta being made by hand in the window of Mt Eden’s best Italian. The brilliance of Stefania Ugolini’s neighbourhood bistro is less obvious: a wine list that takes diners on a journey through Italy, with all the classic regions and styles covered, plus a few emerging wines. Almost all are available by the glass, and the staff can help guide your selections — a tremendous way to learn about Italian wine.
You won’t find a sake selection like this anywhere else in New Zealand, with aged, vintage options and rare pours from head chef and co-owner Makoto Tokuyama’s home city, Saga. The impressive wine list is well priced and comprehensive, with bottles stored in a long low cupboard that requires staff to crawl to reach prize offerings. Sake, koshu, beer and Japanese whisky: everything is carefully chosen to match the cuisine.
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