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Best Italian restaurants in Christchurch

Show us a person who doesn’t like any Italian food and we’ll show you someone with very poor taste indeed.

Famous for its abundance of different flavours, Italian food is both universally loved and universally available. Anywhere you go in the world, an Italian restaurant is not likely to be far away – and in Christchurch it’s no different.

Indeed, the Italian passion for food is alive and well in the Garden City, as you’ll find out for yourself in our handy guide to the best Italian restaurants open in Christchurch. Buon appetito!

La Porchetta

You’ve probably seen it around – with restaurants in Papanui and Riccarton it’s kind of hard to miss! – but have you ever eaten at La Porchetta?

Those who have know that its wide-ranging menu suits everyone’s taste as well as everyone’s budget. The food is excellent, made from only fresh, quality ingredients – and it’s fully licensed, too, which is always a bonus.

Tuto Bene

Tuto Bene Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is one of Christchurch’s most popular restaurants – and it’s easy to see why.

Lovingly decorated with Italian memorabilia, to step foot in Tuto Bene’s Merivale restaurant is to be transported to the home of pizza, pasta and gelato. And its authenticity extends to the food, too, which is lovingly cooked to perfection.


For fresh, modern Italian food the 12 minute drive from the Christchurch city centre to Flames in Mount Pleasant is worth every minute.

With nary a pizza to be found on its menu, Flames’ instead specialises in home-made pasta, gnocchi, risotto and steak. The menu and style of food changes with the season to ensure only the freshest ingredients are used in crafting their unique and flavoursome Italian dishes.

Vangionis Trattoria and Bar

Vangionis Trattoria and Bar in Akaroa serves French and Italian-style fare, pizza and tapas with panache.

Serving only fresh, quality food, this Mediterranean-style restaurant boasts a charming ambiance and friendly staff. Fully licensed, it has three varieties of Three Boys beer on tap – a must for discerning beer drinkers.

The Running Bull Bar & Grill House

The fact that The Running Bull Bar & Grill House serves up killer gourmet- and Italian-style pizzas for less than $20 each means we can overlook the fact that it’s not an Italian restaurant.

Variety is the spice of life – and you’ll find plenty of that here, with nine different kinds of pizza just the tip of the culinary iceberg. The Running Bull also serves steak, ribs, quesadillas, roasts and more. Give it a try next time you’re in Riccarton.

So what do you think, Christchurch? Where do you go for Italian food?

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  1. 484 Cranford Street, Papanui, Christchurch City, Canterbury
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  3. Shop Ss402, Rotherham Street, Riccarton, Christchurch City, Canterbury
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  5. 1 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch City, Canterbury

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