Monte Cervino

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  • 66 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • Italian
  • New Opening
  • 11:00AM - 01:00AM More times
    • mon 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    • tue 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    • wed 5:00pm - 12:00am
    • thu 5:00pm - 12:00am
    • fri 11:00am - 1:00am
    • sat 11:00am - 1:00am
    • sun 11:00am - 11:00pm
    • $$ - Avg Main $20+
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Monte Cervino

66 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
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Restaurant Review: Monte Cervino

Cuisine 14 October 2018

‘Not so much an Italian restaurant and bar, but a New Zealand one whose influences spread back to Italy,’ says the menu note. And what a menu it is, a lengthy triumph of the joys of Italian-style feasting with a drinks list to comfort anyone. With food that’s genuine, generous and honest it’s easy to imagine popping in for a quick aperitif and a platter of cured meats and staggering out hours later. Everything comes in hugely generous portions such as the stellar, tender handmade agnolotti filled with creamy housemade ricotta with slithers of pickled squash and crunchy sage amaretti, plus toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy fried sage leaves. It’s rustic yet elegant, simple yet full of clever contrasts. For dessert you’ll be hard pushed to go past the giant crisp-shelled cannoli just bursting with tangy lemon-laced ricotta.

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Restaurant review: Monte Cervino

Cuisine 6 September 2018

There was great despair expressed in Wellington last year when news broke that Matterhorn, the Cuba Quarter stalwart famed as much for its bar as its restaurant, was closing its doors for good. Matterhorn, which opened in the late 1990s, had been operating on borrowed time ever since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake made masonryheavy Cuba St feel a decidedly edgy place to be. But the tears turned to cheers when the new owner – none other than Sean Marshall, the chef who was at the helm when Matterhorn won the Cuisine Restaurant of the Year title in 2008 – revealed that it would rise again on the site of the former Lone Star on Tory St. At Marshall’s new gaff – named Monte Cervino, the Italian moniker for Matterhorn – the menu manifesto claims, ‘This is not so much an Italian restaurant and bar but a New Zealand one whose influences spread back to Italy. New Zealanders are all the sons, daughters and grandchildren of immigrants. We are genuine, generous, honest.’

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Restaurant review: Monte Cervino gets all the stars

David Burton for Stuff 15 March 2018

Against the current trend to shortened menus, Monte Cervino offers no fewer than 44 choices. Everything looked so appealing I couldn't make up my mind, so in the end ordered two entrees – the "tuna crudo, lardo, fig, olive, blood orange" because it sounded (and indeed was) a deliciously creative assemblage, and the lonza because I simply had to: like most of the Sulumo section, this raw pork loin had been cured in-house. Encouragingly for us here in Godzone, these wafer-thin slices recaptured the essence of the Italian original most convincingly.

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