It was while writing a ‘Weekend out West’ for the Herald Weekend supplement that we discovered Dantes and it has ruined us for life! Everything now pales in comparison.

We don’t feature a lot of takeouts but this one is worth a mention for so many reasons. For the fact that they use the best ingredients. For the fact that their pizza oven was flown in from Italy and they come in four hours ahead of opening to get it up to 800 degrees. For the fact that they are the only people in NZ to be certified to produce authentic Napoli Pizza. For the fact that people have come from all over New Zealand and even from Sydney to taste their food. And for the fact that the dough proves for five days. Need we say more?

We had the Queen Margherita D.O.C ($14) with tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella di bufala and fresh basil. We also tried the Pizza Bianco (white pizza – no tomato) Bufalina ($19) with fresh mozzarella di bufala, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, sea salt and cracked black pepper.

We didn’t even stop for breath. It wasn’t a pretty sight – two grown adults eating like five year olds at a birthday party. But you will understand when you go there. The pizza is amazing, light and not overloaded with topping. The base is heavenly and floppy and gooey with fresh, good-quality mozzarella. The flavours are simple, fresh and clean. Like good pizza should be.

Location: 316 Main Road Huapai
Phone: 412 8644
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 3pm – 9pm (Wednesday and Sunday 8pm)
Licensed: No
Takeaways: Yes (only)
Suitable for vegetarians: Yes
Prices: Pizzas range from $10 – $23 (there is only one at $23, the rest are all under $20)
Credit Cards: Cash or Eftpos only
Bathrooms: N/A (takeout only)

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8 Responses

  1. Kat says:

    Have heard nothing but good things about this place from a friend who dines here probably a bit more frequently than she should – she lives on the Shore! But the rising gas prices must be worth it, because she seriously can’t stop raving about it. She’s always attempted to take me but we’ve never found time that works for the both of us on the long drive – except (and I bring bad news) it’s a must go next week because apparently they are closing down… I know it’s not good news but just thought you should know in case you hadn’t heard.. 🙁

    • CheapEats says:

      Yes we had heard! However we have also heard that they will be re-opening in a sit down format in Te Atatu Peninsula in the New Year. Can’t wait!

  2. Tim says:

    They aren’t closing or moving to te atatu. Their business was floundering so they thought they’d drum up some extra business by saying they’re closing. Truth is, the lady left to have her babies.

    • CheapEats says:

      Hmmm, the mystery deepens. After talking to another local business owner in Te Atatu, he confirmed that they did indeed have plans to move there as he was involved. However those plans seemed to have changed again and word is now that Dante’s are/where looking at a central Auckland location. Still more rumours perhaps?

  3. Cheapeats says:

    What we heard from the developer is that they are going to be part of the new Ponsonby Central complex opening in September. All very interesting.

  4. Tim says:

    Iv also heard that the risk of them movin into ponsonby is too large as there is too much competition therefore providing too many choices for the punters. He won’t move dantes. Honestly.

  5. Mr Dante says:

    Thank-you all for the lovely reviews :0) But its true ill be in Ponsonby in Oct this year.

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