I tried Cotto for the first time last week.
I know, I know, I am super late on the bandwagon, but I finally made it… and I am so glad I did! It was everything I imagined and more.
Cotto originally opened as a handmade-pasta pop up, but two years later they still occupy the same spot. Why, you may ask? Well, the team behind Cotto serve incredible Italian-inspired food. And some of the most flavourful dishes I have tried in Auckland. And the best part? Ordering 10 plus dishes between four will only cost you around $45, including a cocktail/beer/wine. Such a steal!
Their menu is designed to be shared and is split into four sections by price – $5, $15, $20 and $10. Two of our group were vegetarians, but when looking at the menu, all I wanted to eat were the vegetarian dishes so this worked out really well. Everything we ordered was spot on. And full of cheese. Absolutely brilliant, because cheese is life. Below are all the dishes we savoured:
A delicious crispy bread made with chickpea flour, olive oil and water and topped with sea salt, rosemary and sage.
Heirloom Tomato and Shallot
We decided these were the best tomatoes we had eaten all summer, plus it was the perfect starter to our feast that awaited.
Spinach and Goats Cheese Dumplings with Fried Sage
Think big buttery dumplings with generous fillings and topped with crispy fried sage leaves. This dish left me oohing and aahing for the duration of the night. These are seriously the real deal.
Smoked Chickpea Mozzarella Chips with Almond Aioli
Another highlight of the night!
Give me a plate of these any day and I will be one happy gal!
Fried Eggplant with Roast Tomato Basil and Whipped Ricotta
My least favourite dish of the night, however, would have eaten the whipped ricotta on its own… may or may not have dipped my Farinata bread into it too… dreamy!
Basil Gnocchi with Zucchini, Stracciatella and Pinenuts
Soft and fluffy gnocchi and oozing with stringy cheese…! Really enjoyed this dish and could have happily eaten another plate or two.
Ravioli with Spinach, Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato and Dried Olives
A lovely simple dish, but quite a small portion for the price.
Chocolate Nemesis with Salted Caramel
A very rich chocolatey dessert, so best shared with your fellow dining companions!
I have never ever ordered affogato for dessert before, because hey, you can make this at home… but hello dreamy… we left with some huge grins on our faces!
Panna Cotta with Mascarpone Plum and Grappa Sorbet
If you are dining at Cotto in the near future, order their Panna Cotta as your choice of dessert and you will not be disappointed. The panna cotta was perfectly set and melt in your mouth. A beautiful dessert and one of the highlights of the night!
Food aside, service was efficient and the meals arrived in a well staggered manner. The atmosphere is lively, with great music and at times noisy, but the vibe cosy. Note they don’t take small group bookings, so be prepared to not be seated upon arrival, however you are welcome to sit at the bar while you wait… definitely recommend ordering a Spritz or two!
Thank you Cotto for an incredible foodie experience – I cannot wait to go back x