At Baduzzi they serve up rustic Italian New York-inspired food of traditional dishes executed in brilliant modern style. Pasta is hand-made and ‘meatballs’ are like you’ve never imagined, such as crayfish with pancetta, wild deer and mushroom, and vegetable and ricotta. In a faultless dish of buttered maltagliati pasta with duck and porcini ragout, buttercup and pickled black walnuts, the earthy attributes of mushroom keep the dish tasting hearty and fulfilling. With an Italian theme, the wine list strikes the balance between fine Italian options, everyday Italian choices and wines from New Zealand – something for everyone with thoughtful advice offered on food and wine pairings. It’s a walk-in sort of place for dinner, bustling and busy with a welcoming ambience.

IN BRIEF Italian pizzazz with classic New York style