I had dinner with my Dad tonight at La Porchetta, which I picked based on other people’s positive comments in LJ.
I discovered that La Porchetta is part of an Australian-based restaurant chain. It’s very much an Australian Italian restaurant, which is different from American Italian restaurants and, of course, Italian Italian restaurants.
From what I can tell, the Australian La Porchettas are going for a kind of warmer, friendlier family restaurant, but the ones in Auckland are a bit more urban and sophisticated. The decor at the Hobson Street one was quite stark with lots of flat surfaces, so the sound was bouncing off everything, making it kinda noisy.
The food was good. I had fettuccini with a salmon and sundried tomato sauce and a side salad. I got the appetiser size and that was really filling. I’d hate to have to tackle the main size. For dessert I had a baci bombe, which was (I think) a chocolate and hazelnut ice cream concoction. It’s good food at cheap prices. And the best thing was I didn’t leave the restaurant feeling like my pants were going to burst.