ADDRESS: 226 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland
CONTACT: 09 376 3095
Check website for opening hours
MAINS: $28 – $48

SCORE: 17.5/20

It says a lot about a place when the lunchtime punters are prepared to queue on the footpath in anticipation of the on-the-dot-of-noon opening. How good is that for somewhere that will soon be turning 40? Prego doesn’t get older; it just gets better at what it has always done. That means serving up a huge welcome, being ultra-mindful of the diverse menu needs of the populace and maintaining a constancy throughout. Sit in the courtyard under the robinia tree or take a pew in the tiled indoors and be guaranteed good times. The snazzy staff pay great and respectful heed to vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten-free, and many allergy-related or religious needs – and all dining ages, too. Their pizza, pasta, pesce and carne are legendary, just like the restaurant itself. Wines by the glass and bottle have prices that won’t make your eyes water.

IN BRIEF: Truly an oldie but a goodie


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