Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

This slick of­fer­ing from the Skycity sta­ble de­liv­ers a citi­fied take on the Ital­ian canon – think mar­ble, dark wood and glossy sur­faces rather than checked table­cloths and rosy­cheeked non­nas. Tucked away in the Skycity Grand Ho­tel, it’s a great op­tion for groups, with plenty of room to kick back and en­joy a long lunch or din­ner in the true Ital­ian style. The kitchen is over­seen by glo­be­trot­ting chef Sean Con­nolly (above), who has an affin­ity for the nu­ances of Ital­ian cui­sine that’s quite at odds with his York­shire roots. High­lights in­clude the pap­pardelle with pea and duck ragu – per­fectly al dente hand­made pasta; rich, unc­tu­ous ragu – and the silky panna cotta, given a mod­ern twist with a syrup of Cam­pari and blood orange. That’s amore. Skycity Grand Ho­tel, 90 Fed­eral St, City, ph: 09-363 7030, gus­toatthe­ Break­fast, lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $20-$47 IN BRIEF Smart city Ital­ian with soul

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