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Valentinos Italian Restaurant

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Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
+64 7-386 8821
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Nelson, New Zealand
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There have been some pretty good Italian restaurants around and about New Zealand over the years, in Wellington and Nelson especially, but also in the central North Island, where Italian tunnelers who were employed in the late 50's and early sixties on the various hydro schemes left their marks in places like Tokora and Turangi. A generation later we can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sorry to write such a bad review, but this was just one bad thing after another. I would recommend going across the road to the tavern instead. We paid nearly $100 for pasta that was from the packet and I steak that tasted horrific (I don't even know how they did it). The foccacia was just normal bread chopped up.... More 

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Turangi, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are locals, so are very lucky to have a genuine Italian resturant on our doorstep. The welcome at the door is very genuine, the selection of food mouthwatering, the sweets,well to be honest we are normally so full that there is no room left

Thank andrewrobarts
Lausanne, Switzerland
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came there alone, to eat italian food, BUT it was much better than I would expect. Fried calamaris, very light and with an excellen curry sauce on the side .I had Carbonara unbeleivable, much better than in most restaurants in Italy, I succombed for the desert of the day excellent also. Don't miss this restaurant if you pass nearby... More 

Thank Pierre R
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75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for our New Year's Eve dinner and that everybody in the group enjoyed themselves immensely. The food was good and the atmosphere was pleasant. Pasta dish portions were quite large.

Thank Naomi G
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dined in with a group of 8. The food overall was great and the pasta was exceptional. The hostess was a little odd. Decor dated but worked well with theme, don't let the lack of street appeal put you off. Overall a solid 4/5

Thank Emmaandgene
New Plymouth
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This classic Italian restaurant is a time warp in the best possible way. Dated decor may have you cringing initially but don't let that put you off, the chef hasn't changed in 25 years and is the real deal, we highly recommend the pasta, made with love and out of this would, the meat dishes were swimming in sauce but... More 

Thank Leenard
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I've been visiting this resturant for many years and can never fault it. So nice to arrive and receive big hugs or smiles from karena and choose our table of comfort. We order far too much from starters to pasta which is all very nice. Unfortunately there isn't enough room for dessert. Thank you for the consistent service and yummy... More 

Thank Tania W
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It's obvious when you visit who the target of the "poor service" comments is, so why not pop along to see for yourself and enjoy the amusement of it all. The waitress that served us was an absolutely delightful young lady who was perfectly polite and attentive and I really enjoyed her service. The meal was perfectly adequate but I... More 

Thank LaurianneEnglish
Wellington, New Zealand
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant on a freezing cold night where we could only spot BK. A little gem of 1970's kitsch decor. The minestrone was deeply flavoured and delicious I should have asked for a take home container. The leek and Walnut tortellini with brown nut butter and sage was a complete surprise as good if not better than... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-386 8821

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?