Baduzzi means meatballs and here they are taken seriously.
The Sicilian word for 'meatballs,' Baduzzi is the latest collaboration between Michael Dearth, owner of The Grove, and its executive chef Ben Bayly.
The inspiration, Michael says, comes from his childhood and teenage years, and growing up in the United States where his Southern Italian mother always had a pot of meatballs on the stove. The sardines are a real treat too.
The pair promise dishes that are familiar yet challenging. Casual and affordable, but with an air of sophistication and New-York Italian, the menu features meatball dishes including sandwiches or pasta, as well as plenty of other non-meatball offerings, including dishes of goat, flat iron steak and chicken saltimbocca. An extensive wine list complements the menu. Baduzzi will be open for lunch and dinner until late. Enjoy the tiramisu for dessert - it is the perfect end to a dining experience at this Italian restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am till late
26 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
(09) 309 9339