Where to Go: Pop-Up Italian Restaurant Cotto, K Rd

Make a date asap for the handmade pasta at Cotto, open for only three months

Pop-up restaurant Cotto. Picture / Nick Reed

Auckland's newest restaurant opens its doors on May 4 for only 12 weeks — so we recommend making a date asap for the pop-up pasta at Cotto on K Rd.

The new venture sees chefs Hayden Phiskie and John Pountney (ex The Refreshment Room and Delicious) take over the kitchen at 69 to create handmade pasta dishes daily from scratch, alongside handmade cheese, butter, pickles, preserves and bread.

Think spinach and goat's cheese dumplings in sage butter (pictured below), risotto with smoked gemfish, saffron and leek, and porcini, tomato and chilli maltagliati — though what's on offer will change up regularly. There's also a small dessert menu — we particularly like the sound of the burnt orange-caramel panna cotta.

RECIPE: Yoghurt Panna Cotta

The spinach and goat's cheese dumplings in sage butter. Picture / Nick Reed

Cotto simply means "cooked" in Italian, and Hayden says the seasonally focused menu, made up of affordable small plates designed to share from $5-$20, will be served in a "relaxed, no-fuss, canteen-style environment".

"The menu and pricing is all about Cotto's commitment to dining that is honest, simple and good value."

We can't wait to try it.

• Cotto opens May 4 at 69, 375 K Rd, Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm-11pm. No bookings accepted, walk-ins only. Visit @cotto_krd

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