ADDRESS:   90 Federal St, Auckland CBD
MAINS:   $17- $48
CONTACT:   09 363 7030
SCORE:   16 / 20

If grand hotel dining with a relaxed atmosphere is your thing, then approach 90 Federal with great, well, gusto. At this all-day spot, traditional, authentic Italian dishes are made to share, but you may want to make the veal cutlet alla Milanese your own special secret, such is its deliciousness. We don’t know of any other restaurant in Auckland providing this traditional dish in such fine fashion. Gusto does great drinks – traditional and signature cocktails included – and snacks too. The wine list may not be for the budget-conscious, but there’s a terrific pick of top-quality options. Also of top quality is the attention of the staff. True professionalism shines through – with them delivering some great taste sensations to our table.

IN BRIEF: Grand Italian cuisine in a hotel setting