This lovely Italian eatery is located near the intersection of Symonds Street and Mt Eden Road, its not a very noticeable restaurant and hence, only heard knew about this place when I was treated a lovely meal there with my darling friends. We arrived to a full and busy restaurant where patrons were laughing and talking loudly, a perfect environment for a group of girls that haven’t seen each other in weeks! None of that, talking quietly/fine dining atmosphere therefore we were feeling very much at ease.
We started with two antipastos for the table – Casatiello which is a homemade bread filled with cheese, salami and pancetta as well as the seafood and vegetable platter. They arrived fairly quickly and was a decent start to the meal.
O’Sarracino’s menu has an emphasis on great seafood which made deciding on what mains to have a rather different task as I love seafood. Surprisingly – for an Italian eatery – they don’t actually serve pizza. Just as well, because I’m not a big fan of pizza anyways. My friends ordered the seafood ‘soup’ which was more like a stew and we were amazed at the amount of seafood they plated. It was full with mussels; clams; octopus; squid; prawns; scampi and even half a crayfish tail and for $38, it was well worth the money. They also decided on the seafood spaghetti baked in a pizza oven as well as the prawn pasta special which came with half a crayfish tail whereas I ordered the clams cooked in white wine and olive oil. All the mains that we ordered were cooked to perfection. The pasta were al-dente and they were not stingy with the amount of seafood they served. My clams were so juicy and plump and I had no problems devouring them.
There is no doubt in my mind, that I would come back to O’Sarracino. I might even take my loud and rowdy family here as I am sure that even my picky father will enjoy this place. The substantial portions of the main, homey atmosphere and friendly wait staff made this dining experience memorable and a second, third and fourth visit is inevitable. Booking ahead is recommended.
Date: Saturday 9th October 2010 | Location: 3-5 Mt Eden Road, Auckland | Food: Italian