With the closure of one of Wellington’s favourite establishments, Matterhorn, local owner and restauranteur Sean Marshall has presented his new venture: Monte Cervino. While there’s a visible Italian influence throughout, it’s not necessarily an Italian restaurant. Rather, “a New Zealand one whose influences spread back to Italy — the original homeland.”
Knocking down the space that was the old Lone Star, the result is transformative. You’ll notice the large, locked and loaded bar to the left, a bright and spacious dining area to the right and a gorgeous floor to ceiling wine wall in the centre.
The menu is divided into sections: salumi, pizetta, antipasti, primi (pastas, gnocchi), secondi (meats), contorni (vegetables and salads), and dolci (desserts). The quality of ingredients make Monte Cervino the restaurant lower Tory Street needed, and it should come as no surprise. With the same impeccable standards that Matterhorn was renowned for, you’ll eat well, drink well, and feel like family. In the words of the owner, Monte Cervino is, “genuine, generous, and honest.”
Image: Seb Abante.