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215 Heretaunga St. East, Hastings District, Hawke's Bay

A bustling pasta bar where the menu champions fresh produce and robust flavours, Sazio is a must-visit. Founder and head chef Dan Pistone draws on his blended Italian and Argentinian heritage to deliver plates of locally sourced free-range meat and just-caught seafood, house-made rigatoni, tortellini and gnocchi, his famous crusty focaccia and perfectly executed crème caramel. Sazio’s pasta is crafted onsite and made fresh each day – and there are even packs to take away and cook at home. With cocktails to sip and a diverse wine list to savour, the space itself is cosy and vibrant, smack bang in the middle of Heretaunga Street’s most interesting block. Sit up at the pass to watch the action unfold, nab a comfy table or book the eatery’s private room – Sazio is the ideal spot for lunch or dinner.