Historically, the trattoria was an Italian institution - more of an ‘eating club’ than a conventional restaurant. There were no menus, low prices, and the food was modest and plentiful, rather than haute cuisine.
Gabriele and Lina, who emigrated from Rome, capture that culinary tradition with their Trattoria Italiana, serving ‘original and authentic’ Italian food – pastas, meat and seafood – in a homely setting. Mains vary include the succulent, large prime ride eye, marinated in grappa, pepper and rosemary. Vivo has imported Italian wines, and real Italian coffee – Gold Lavazza. Open 6 days, Monday to Saturday, 6pm til late (lunch by arrangement).
14 Pacific Ave, Mount Maunganui. (07) 575 8245