Cotto restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Cotto is Metro Peugeot's Restaurant of the Year 2019 Best Casual Restaurant runner-up. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

Cotto is the newest restaurant to join K’ Rd’s community of restaurants serving serious food with a casual lean – it won Best New Restaurant last year. Already, scoring a seat is a gamble on any given day. We’ll happily take our spot on its waitlist for chefs Hayden Phiskie and John Pountney’s takes on fresh Italian pasta, which changes so often, their religious following on Instagram is no doubt born from wanting to see what they’ve come up with next. But there’s always pasta: pillowy gnocchi in pinenuts and pesto, silky ravioli stuffed with buffalo mozzarella; tortellini with sweet corn. Whatever it may be, order without fear. There’s usually some form of dumplings, too, sliding into the mouth with moreish bites and glistening with sage butter. The hustle can be overwhelming at times, but that makes getting a table just that little bit sweeter.

What it offers: Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups / Good for kids

A favourite dish: Risotto roasted cauliflower taleggio


Awards:
Runner-up, Best Casual Restaurant
Finalist, Best Dish
Finalist, Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Best Dish

Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat
Bookings: Only for groups of eight or more
Price: $
Chef: Hayden Phiskie, John Pountney

K’ RD Precinct
375 Karangahape Rd
Ph 394-1555
cotto.co.nz

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