Dreaming of la dolce vita? New Italian eateries in Auckland to visit in 2022

By Kathryn Chung

Dreaming of la dolce vita? New Italian eateries in Auckland to visit in 2022
Auckland's dining scene has gotten even better with a wave of new Italian restaurants, bars and cafes. We round up the hottest new spots to try. 


Craving some authentic Italian street food? DELI di BOSSI is a tantalising Italian deli that has recently opened in The Pacifica laneway of downtown Auckland. Lead by renowned chef Shaun Dowling, the destination deli serves beautiful sliced meats, cheeses, fresh pasta and espresso. DELI di BOSSI is the first of two exciting venues from Dowling, with his fine-dining restaurant, BOSSI, set to open later this year. “We’ve been working behind the scenes cultivating a menu that showcases BOSSI’s values and authentic offering for the past several months and are excited to introduce the first of our creations with the new DELI di BOSSI,” says Dowling. 


Who can go past perfect handmade pasta? Those looking for a neighbourhood Italian should head to Spiga, a pizza/pasta joint which opened in Remuera last year. With only 20 seats and a difficult-to-find location, this is the ideal spot for an intimate, authentic Italian dining experience. spiga.nz

Bar Non Solo

Parnell’s beloved Italian institution, Non Solo Pizza, has welcomed a stylish new sister venue in the heart of Auckland city. Situated in the iconic Seafarers Building and overlooking the twinkling lights of the Britomart courtyard, Bar Non Solo is a tantalising destination for late-night libations and Italian fare. Boasting stylish leather banquettes, floor-length windows and an impressive long-bar, the interiors, led by award-winning designer Paul Izzard, ooze chic New York vibes, perfectly complemented by the Italian cocktail list. Opt for a classic negroni on tap, try a refreshing spritz or indulge in the show-stopping champagne and ice cream cocktail. Non Solo’s signature menu has been redesigned at this sister bar, featuring a selection of antipasti, small plates and their famous pizza. Head there between 5-7pm from Wednesday to Saturday for Aperitivo hour and enjoy free bar bites and house-made spritzes, or dance the night away on Friday evenings with live DJs.


Photograph by Babiche Martens. www.babichemartens.com

Since opening in early 2021, Karangahape Road’s coolest little Italian eatery, Pici, has become one of the most popular dining spots on the strip. When you do secure a table, a bowl of their iconic Cacio e Pepe is a must-try. Simple, yet full of flavour, this dish proves that with the right ingredients, less can be more.


Parnell has welcomed a charming new daytime eatery to the neighbourhood. Tucked down Gibraltar Crescent, Cornelia is the brainchild of hospo duo Lena Solomon and Italian-born chef Fabio Buonomo, serving fantastic Italian-inspired fare in a friendly, laid-back setting. The authentic paninis are a must-try here, with flavours including caprese, mortadella, salmon and prosciutto, and made with fresh baguettes from Il Forno Bakery, while the house-made tiramisu is a true indulgent treat. 


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