Traveling all the way to Whangaparoa, Rodney for an Italian meal is not an everyday norm for my partner and I. But as we were staying at a lovely bed and breakfast not far away and due to the recommendation by the owner, we decided to give Abruzzo a try.
The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night considering it’s location and as we booked ahead, we were given a lovely little table on the balcony overlooking the Whangaparoa Narrow Gauge railway. We decided to get the pizza bread with freshly made pesto to start. The hot and crispy bread was delicious and it was a superb start and probably the highlight of the whole meal.
For mains, my partner order the spaghetti salsiccia which is a house made mini sausage in a rich tomato sauce served with spaghetti and I order the seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels and prawn in a white wine sauce. Both pasta were decent but really nothing to rave about. The presentation of the spaghetti was nice but this can not be said about the risotto as you can tell by the pictures. We didn’t stick around for dessert.
Overall, Abruzzo was an average Italian restaurant. The owner at the B&B later told us that the place is so busy because its across the street from a retirement village and it’s the only restaurant in that area. I think my disappointment is due to my high expectation of Abruzzo and thinking that if the place is packed, it must be pretty good. Lesson learnt.
Date: Saturday 12th February 2011 | Location; 400 Whangaparoa Road, Rodney | Food: Italian