Ortolana restaurant review
Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Ortolana in Britomart is an Italian/New Zealand bistro on Tyler Street.
Ortolana, which means “market gardener” in Italian, remains one of the most reliably enjoyable dining experiences in the central city. The word “reliable” sells it short, though, because this lightbox of a restaurant is a delightful place to dine at any time of year, and is at its best on balmy summer nights when guests can sit outdoors among the lush potted plants. In keeping with the Hip Group’s market-garden ideals, the menu is fiercely local and fresh, and although it changes regularly, you can always rely on the fresh pasta to be silky and delicate, the protein well executed, and the drinks list to provide a seasonal surprise. The vibrancy of all those farm-fresh ingredients on the plate is also a reminder of just how far Auckland’s culinary daring has come in recent years, thanks to pioneering restaurants like this one.
What it offers Shared-plate options / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good for vegetarians / Good seating outside / Craft beer selection
A favourite dish Tagliatelle with clams, chilli and olives
Hours Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days
Bookings Not for peak times
Chef Jo Pearson, executive chef; Kevin Puyat, head chef
33 Tyler St, Britomart