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With a small but perfectly formed menu, this intimate K' Road pasta joint has all the ingredients for a perfect evening.
By Sarah Templeton
August 23, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
August 23, 2022

Found tucked away in St Kevin's Arcade, this fresh pasta and wine restaurant is modelled on the small wine bars of Europe — and is a fave of Auckland's own Jordan 'The Caker' Rondel.

It's a cosy and intimate space — it can seat up to 42 patrons at a time — but given its popularity, you'll probably see someone you know in there, on a date, in a group or grabbing a solo post-work bite.  Pici's menu changes with the seasons but we can only hope they never get rid of the cheesey, peppery cacio e pepe ($18), the ultimate in comfort eating. If you need further warming, choose one of their fiery chilli-topped bowls of pasta — like their famous fettuccine with mascarpone and nduja ($20). And don't worry plant-based pals, you don't have to just stick to the bread — the vegan fettuccine pomodoro is back as a permanent addition to the winter menu. Pair it with a Pet Nat, and you're on your way to having the perfect evening.

Just make sure you save room for Pici's famous olive oil-topped cheesecake dessert ($12) which is fast-reaching icon status for those in the know.

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