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640 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 7976
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 04:30 - 10:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
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Showing 66: English reviews
Oxford, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Modest place, slightly tatty Italian decor; friendly and efficient service (though we were the only diners when we arrived); ordered two pasta dishes (so, no opinion about pizzas); one, penne matriciana (?), good; one, spaghetti a la puttanesca (a favourite of mine), not so good, very salty, rather short on the olives and anchovies; did have a few prawns; we... More 

1 Thank alanlid
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

First off we find they aren't licenced to serve alcohol - when we ask if we can go and purchase a bottle of wine told only some of their managers have certification and not tonight. Point out that a group there is drinking beer...'it's low alcohol beer' we're told. Regretfully, we decide to stay anyway and order a couple pizzas.... More 

1 Thank ascval
Broulee, Australia
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112 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Nice food. They also have pizzas and do take away. Only thing it was cold in here had to ask for the heater to be put on. Not expensive place to eat. Good service and a friendly staff person.

1 Thank Cheryl L
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

We stayed in Thames for one night , we decided to try italian take away , the pizza was delicious and the pasta was excellent , would recommend and if we are there again we will return.

1 Thank Lee L
Auckland, New Zealand
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182 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

your menu stated that Pizza bases are made inhouse Sorry the base I had was commercial , and then you hadnt cooked it thru enough the base was cooked on the bottom but the inside was still very doughy You could tell it was a commercial base by the underside If you are going to state something like made in... More 

2 Thank johntoddl
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208 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This doesn't look like much from the outside - more like a take away than a restaurant - but looks can be deceiving. The range of options is good and authentically Italian rather than catering to the mass taste (you will not find chicken tikka pizza in here). Pasta and pizza were both good and desserts were also worth having.... More 

1 Thank Lemmus
Napier, New Zealand
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Finally a restaurant who can make a classic thin base Margherita without adding extra ingredients or overloading the topping. Really enjoyed it and greedily ate every piece of that large sized wonder.

1 Thank Shane D
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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110 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Oh gosh. I dont really like pizza but every now and then I relent cause my wife loves pizza. We were in Thames for the night and wanted to take fast food back to the motel and there was De Luca's in front of us. We each ordered a pizza each from this cosy little very Italian looking pizzeria and... More 

1 Thank John M
Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We were recommended this restaurant by the owner of the motel at which we were staying. We decided to buy wine there but on being seated we were advised by a very young, inexperienced waitress that they did no sell alcohol??? What. I then told her that I would go to the liquor shop down the road and be back... More 

2 Thank Brian M
Ipswich, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2016

One of the best Italian restaurants we have visited. The food was fresh, everything (pasta, sauce, pizza bases) had been made from the basics and all dishes had been perfected. After inquiring over whether the couple that owned Di Luca's was Italian we were told they were 'just kiwi's' but had specifically gone and learnt from a professional Italian chef.... More 

Thank Jess B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 28
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
04:30 - 10:00
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
04:30 - 10:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 640 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
  • Phone Number: +64 7-868 7976
A warm ambient authentic italian style restaurant, perfect for dining with a group or just the two of you. We have a table outside during the warmer months for takeaway diners, and a nice takeaway waiting area. Located in the middle of town, there is plenty of parking. We are licenced and allow BYO as well. Buon appetito!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?