27 Logan Street, Tokoroa, New Zealand
Alberico's Tokoroa Reviews
A little taste of Italy in the South Waikato. Aug 03, 1967
If you're looking for a good place to eat in Tokoroa then you won't want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Alberico's Italian Restaurant.
I'm sure if you asked any of the town's folk you'd get the same recommendation. Alberico's is a Tokoroa institution that has been serving up great Italian fare for 30+ years.
The establishment is named after the Italian character that owns the place. He is as well known for his food as he is for his sociable nature and his enthusiastic singing towards the end of the night when the rush of cooking orders is replaced by the trickle of a fine red wine!
If you're a fan of Italian food then you'll find everything here to your liking. A good selection of tasty pastas and exciting pizzas are the obvious mainstays but there is a fabulous collection of main dishes to choose from whether cooked Italian style or a tried and true kiwi beef steak.
Entrees are available including the usual olive or garlic breads and meals generally come with a table serving of vegetables everyone can enjoy.
A limited selection of wines to be enjoyed with your meal are available in either red or white and the bar is stocked with the usual non-alcoholic beverages should you be worried you may break into song with Alberico at the end of the night.
The meals, together with the vegetables, should be enough to satisfy you but I always find I am enticed by the delicious deserts on offer and struggle with the decision of which to choose, when I have to make it. A special coffee always rounds off the meal for me.
If you're thinking you may need all evening to enjoy what I've just described there's not normally problem with that. The ambiance of the place is very comfortable and there is no need to rush away straight after a meal (unless perhaps you're due to go to the cinema next door for the late showing).
The deco is an understated mix of Italian and Tokoroa with a mural covering the front part of the restaurant featuring faces of many well known South Waikato people (all friends of Alberico of course) including his wife who will likely be behind the bar or the cash register if she's not serving you at the table.
Alberico's doesn't have electronic payments so you will need to have a pocketful of cash or be prepared to have a credit card zip zapped.
The cost of the meals are quite reasonable although you have to buy the parts that make up the main, i.e. meat and veg, so the price goes up with that. Mains are about $18-$30 depending on what you order.
Wine is a few dollars more than you would pay in the store and unfortunately Alberico's is not BYO so if you want to tipple you have to pay but don't be put off by this, I'm sure at the end of the night you'll see this night as one the good ones in Tokoroa.
The restaurant generally opens at 6pm with Mondays being a night off for the family so it's closed.
It's unlikely you'll need to book to get a table but as this is the pick of the area's places to dine out it might be wise in case others have the same idea.
Meals are also available to take away if you telephone in your order but you'll have to collect it from the restaurant yourself.
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