Don’t have a cow, try pizza in­stead

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re­quested to be seated out­doors but were told there were no free ta­bles. As we were in no rush, we of­fered to wait at a bar next door un­til a ta­ble be­came avail­able. I’m not sure whether the wait­ress mis­un­der­stood the re­quest but she in­formed us we would have to or­der a take­away if we wanted to do that. Con­tem­plat­ing din­ing else­where, we walked out­side and no­ticed a large ta­ble with just two peo­ple. As is the long-stand­ing tra­di­tion at The Cow, we asked to join them and the cou­ple kindly agreed. We sat with them and or­dered some drinks un­til an­other ta­ble be­came avail­able a short time later. Our rather prickly wait­ress seemed unim­pressed and grum­bled some­thing we couldn’t de­ci­pher but we were left feel­ing as though we should not have moved. We were pleased when an­other, much friendlier, wait­ress came out and took care of us for the rest of the night. Our sec­ond wait­ress more than made up for any sub-stan­dard treat­ment her col­league served up ini­tially and we left feel­ing we had been well looked af­ter.

The at­mos­phere:

Snug and cosy in­side with a spa­cious out­door seat­ing area, The Cow is the per­fect place for a re­laxed lunch or din­ner, re­gard­less of the weather. The stone build­ing, which is a replica of the orig­i­nal restau­rant in Queen­stown, is quaint and nicely dec­o­rated with relics from a by­gone era. The large open fire throws out plenty of heat and adds to the at­mos­phere as does the open kitchen which en­ables in­door din­ers to watch the chefs in ac­tion.

Suit­able for:

Whether you are look­ing for a nice spot for a quick meal or a leisurely meal with friends, The Cow is the ideal spot to en­joy a pizza or pasta. The restau­rant is suit­able for groups of all sizes and ages and is fam­ily-friendly. Smaller groups are some­times asked to share ta­bles, which in my ex­pe­ri­ence has re­sulted in meet­ing many new ac­quain­tances over the years.

The ver­dict:

The Cow has long been a din­ing in­sti­tu­tion in Queen­stown. Af­ter open­ing in Queen­stown in 1976, the sec­ond restau­rant opened in Wanaka and has be­come pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors. It of­fers a re­laxed at­mos­phere and good value for money.

Photo: BROOKE GAR­DINER/FAIRFAX NZ 627542575

Chokka: A heav­ily gar­nished pizza from The Cow Pizza and Spaghetti House, Wanaka.

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