Jun 21, 2018 Restaurants
Baduzzi restaurant review
Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Baduzzi in Wynyard Quarter serves Italian-American food in a lively atmosphere.
In a city sometimes defined by the latest food trends, we love restaurants that continue to go their own way. Things rarely change at Baduzzi, and what a refreshing stance that is. Italy by way of New York, the menu here runs the gamut from juicy wild-deer polpette and wood-fired seafood finished with fresh lemon to satiny, moreish pastas. An extensive range of hard-to-find Italian wines are conveniently listed by price – many are exceptional value at under $50 a bottle – and there are dedicated children’s, vegetarian and Chinese-language menus. The constant buzz in this slick, Paul Izzard-designed dining room makes Baduzzi an especially fun place to eat, even more so when combined with the charming efficiency of host, Michael Dearth.
What it offers Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals / Good for vegetarians / Good seating outside / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Takes large groups / Good for kids
A favourite dish Beetroot pappardelle with shaved paua, oyster mushroom and soft quail egg
Awards Finalist, Best Wine List
Hours Lunch and dinner 7 days
Chef Ben Bayly, executive chef; Glen File, head chef
Bookings Yes, for lunch; limited evening bookings
Cnr Jellicoe St & Fish Lane, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter