Toto’s Italian Restaurant
Auckland City 09 302 2665
- ues – Fri 11:30am – Late
- Sat 5:30pm – Late
- Business Dining
- Conference Facilities
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 100
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: No
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Toto Restaurant is the first original Auckland Italian restaurant where tradition has become a solid fusion with the modern cuisine of Italy.
With stunning candlelit ambiance, award winning cuisine and intuitive service, Toto offers its diners a more than memorable experience.
Toto Restaurant Winner Best food & Wine Match Vintners Brunch Award 2011
Runner up Best Italian Restaurant 2011 – Metro Award
Best Italian Restaurant 2007, 2010 – Metro Award
Runner up Best italian 2008 – metro award
Runner up best Italian 2009 – metro award
Winner best winelist 2009 lewisham awards
Toto offers you a unique dining experience, delivering great Italian cuisine, the finest of service in the most inviting atmosphere from after work drinks with aperitivo through to full degustation settings.
The Toto complex also cater for private functions within their exclusive Monte Cristo Room, Buena Vista and Bacco rooms where they create the atmosphere to suit your requirements whether private group dining for 10 or more; or live entertainment events up to 480 people.
21 Reviews for Toto’s Italian Restaurant
But it was more than the delicious food that will bring us back again. Not only was our six course degustation full of flavour, beautifully presented and portionally generous, the degree of personal service we received was above and beyond what I expected! Our waiter/waitress were attentive and informative; their knowledge about Italian cuisine and culture was amazing! My partner and I hmm and haah-ed over the drink pairings for our degustation as we thought it might be a bit much if we both got a pairing for every dish of degustation, so our waiter suggested getting one lot of drink pairing to share between us…very thoughtful! The night was complete with live entertainment, a talented belle playing the accordion, and excellent ambiance. I will definitely be adding Toto to my list of places to go back to again!
Tuna carpaccio- You could barely taste the tuna, but that is not a serious complaint given how beautifully light this course was. Starter secondi – The zesty meat of the banana prawns coupled with smooth cauliflower puree and hints of roasted garlic made for an enticing syncytium of taste. The din in the restaurant meanwhile had ratcheted up. It seemed the arrangement was ideally suited to a couple not talking to each other- first the noise of the crowd blots out much of your voice, and then when the opera begins, you are again obliged to be silent. Anyway, the opera was an undoubtable highlight, with two rounds of it and a break in between as the lady singers occasionally wove their way between patrons while letting their sopranos saturate the place. The singing can be lushly romantic and has ripe potential to transform the nature of the evening. The first lady looked the part, the second one was voluptuous by sigMoreht too and both entertained us amply with their soaring arias.
A wintry warmer was then presented to our table in form of high-quality excellently cooked salmon with chick peas and spinach but all this could have been lifted some tenors higher by sassier seasoning. An la carte choice of baby calamari did not transcend its age, but ’twas generously portioned and had the required slickness, crunch and wafts of marine phantasms. The second a la carte choice of gnocchi, prawn and vegetal bits had good ingredient quality but simply didn’t construct cohesive joy
Service, especially for what ought to be a classy joint, was average, lacked warmth and the waitstaff’s presence at the table was hurried. There were sporadic positives, like a delayed but spirited refilling of glasses and endeavours to reposition out-of-place napkins but we were never asked about our state of satisfaction, while they did ask whether we needed a wine encore. I found the crowd to be a wonderful mix of interesting, photogenic, young,reflective,middle-aged,animated and generally charming ladies and gents mostly of European extraction.The degustation recommenced with Duck Tortellini that was boldly al dente, balanced by an unctuously smooth filling, and surrounded by an enjoyably buttery mushroom ragu.
Venison – I could not taste this dish in its entirety but sampled enough of it to attest that the thin slices of this were a textural success with the protein lending itself gladly to the influence of its accoutrements.
Our last from-the-menu choice was the kitchen’s biggest mis-step that evening- a mixed seafood risotto that capsized our expectations. The rice was undercooked, the sauce base lacked smooth finish, the cockles and octopus failed to find their depth while the only redeeming feature was sensuously soft snapper. Considering how filling the quantity of this was and how underwhelming its quality, this is the type of dish that disappoints you while leaving no space to taste its atonements. Moving on, I liked the style of Mr.Calvin the maitre’d, a beefy middle-aged bare-scalped suit-clad gentleman who attended to us with chummy efficiency and alacritous confidence.
Satisfaction continued with dessert -Autumn fruit strudel was pleasant enough, but the real alabster orb of the show was the cinnamon ice-cream. The said essence with its inimitable deep whiff of integumental perfume, and spice wedded to sweetness, had claimed the soul of that cool creamy dollop in complete but perfectly restrained style.Toto is unquestionably capable of making fine food, but considering all restaurant parameters it falters in attention to exacting detail,and that applies to the food too. It occupies an uneasy niche between being a bustling bistro and a fine-dining joint, titling more towards the former and dangling occasionally into the latter realm. Our pleasure that evening, was in toto by half.
The evening began with the waiter pouring a bottle of dark Beer so quickly into the glass that it overflowed to cause a stain the size of a dinner plate in the middle of the white tablecloth. He didn’t apologise, offer to bring a new bottle or replace the table cloth.
We were drinking different wines with our meal so ordered by the glass. The quantities varied widely with the smallest appearing not much more than half of a full measure. Three out of 6 were below the measured line on the glass which at the price is unacceptable. Our main waiter gave us the impression that he couldn’t be bothered with us; he didn’t collect unused or empty glasses off the table, forgot part of our order and showed a general lack of care.
In terms of ambience, we were seated in a far corner outside and as the evening got darker were not provided with any extra light / lamp / candle etc.
Overall a very disappointing evening from a place that is supposed to be one of Auckland’s best. We won’t bother going again.
Waitress was also excellent, attentive and very friendly.
Food was generally good and portions generous especially the calamari entree which was ridiculously big. Rabbit canneloni was excellent. Duck and pork belly mains were a bit average, risotto was very good.
Biscuits with the coffee were dissappointing.
Overall we thought it was over-priced, especially as every extra cost eg aparagus, bread, water and then quite a lot.
I’m a long time fan of Toto and I’d like to see the return of Yum Ciao, this was not its finest hour.
Saturdays are always my favorite because of the Opera.
My most recent visit was no exception even though we went on a Friday.
We had a lovely waitress who was all smiles and accommodation and was very patient with the colleagues I was with when they were exceedingly indecisive over the menu. She took the time to explain each dish to them and had good knowledge of each item which I find is rare in restaurants nower days.
We had the the Affatato and cocktails to start and shared the entree between us. They make the bread in house and it came out fresh and warm.
We took our time, (my friends are particularly slow eaters) and we didn’t feel rushed to make the table available again which we find sometimes in other places.
For mains we had the Pork, Duck and I had the Ravioli that I cant resist having every time I go. (it’s that good!).
Pork was cooked really well, with a good juicy meat and a snap on the crackling and the Duck was beautifully done. The portions are proper “Mama” size and you certainly don’t leave feeling hungry.
The sommelier matched wines for us with our mains and again, took the time to chat to us about the wines and why they would suit what we were eating. He wasn’t wrong.
We finished up with the dessert platter for two, which was plenty for the three of us. Fav’s were the tirimasu and the panacotta.
Over all i always have a great time at Toto’. In summer I prefer to sit out on the deck, and winter the roaring fires on either end of the dining room make a really cosy evening. Definitely not one to miss.
Only the desert was good, we left two dishes untouched as they were too salty (complained about the first dish, nothing happened, and dish immediately followed was equally salty…)
Majority of the staff were rude and unprofessional – no smile and a waiter spilled a significant quantity of water outside my glass, no apology, no clean up and just left.
The restaurant was loud and hot, we did not have an enjoyable experience.
We will not return.
Went there with my partner in early September 2012 for a 6 course degustation meal to treat ourselves. Admittedly we had bought a voucher deal ($120 for two vs the $240 for two which is apparently the usual price). So maybe they treated their customers accordingly. Even so I would have got a far better meal including drinks for $120 at loads of other restaurants.
On a wet and windy night we were greeted with a smoky atmosphere, the wood fire was roaring a bit too much and chimney wasn’t up to it meaning the restaurant was smoky enough to make our eyes water.
This was the menu:
•Selection of Italian stuffed bread and focaccia
•Te matuku osyter, cured salmon, crostini, fennel, toto’s classic
•Octopus carpaccio, fennel, citrus salad, macadamia
•Prawn and pumpkin tortelloni, saffron broth
•Mushroom and duck risotto, truffle oil
•Venison loin, beetroot carpaccio, forest mushroom, caprino
•Fig panna cotta, mango sorbet, chocolate cone
Sounds great (if not a bit poncy). However we had luke warm-cold meals when they should have been hot, plates of food that tasted so bad we couldn’t eat them (with no comment from the waiting staff when plates were cleared), mean portions, and major waiting times between each course.
Highlight of the night was the tiny panna cotta and sorbet which was lovely. Pretty much everything else was so bad we could hardly believe it. Spoke to a colleague at work the next day who had exactly the same experience with the food (minus the smoke).
Politely said we were disappointed with the meal when were asked when settling our bill, that came to nothing too, staff just don’t care.
Wouldn’t go near it again, awful food, bad service, and a dead atmosphere, couldn’t wait to leave.
All our friends are fans of this place and simply cannot get enough. sucks we cant get out own drinks, but other than that awesome place! They should advertise more about this place so everyone knows. because its in the basement its not very visible. Definitely a must try place!
Food and wine were great. Service brisk and attentive. Wine was decanted and left to warm by a real fire – nice!
Good on Toto for experimenting with a novel restaurant experience and sorry to the opera singer who I assumed was a waiter…
2) Service was OK to start with then got increasingly pissy for some reason.
Weren’t particularly helpful or accommodating when we asked to have food wrapped up for take away. One of the dishes for wrap up and take away simply vanished and never came back after the waiter said “I’ll try”.
3) Waiter didn’t take order on a notepad, which seemed impressive at first until he messed up one of the orders and forgot a request for water. Fairly minor things – but then, why not just use a pad? We won’t think less of you, you’re only human.
Overall, was disappointing compared to how I remembered previous meals there. With all the great places to eat in Auckland, there’s no reason to go back here for a long time.
Food was good, will recommend the dessert platter for two, prefect.
Service was good, thanks Frank, small problem with bill, but all sorted in the end.
All in all it would be a place I would go back to again.
The food is excellent with it’s twist of modern on the traditional.
For a number of years the marvelous warmth & service we have received from the Maitre’d Sonia has made Toto a very special place to dine.