After 21 years Toto Restaurant has closed it’s door and TOTO PIZZA is now at 5 Hardinge Street, our new home swith a more casual setting following in the lines of a true Italian Pizzeria where we continue to serve the famous Toto Metre long pizza.
We look like to thank everyone that dined with us a Toto over the 20+ years and thank all that supported us to assist with the winning of numerous awards. We have kept all our staff, the original classical and marble Toto furniture so you may see us pop up at a different location in the future. We also have our flag ship restaurant FARINA, located at 244 Ponsonby Road which has no phone reservations but is open 7 days from 12 noon for Yum Caio and then a full menu from 5pm.
Toto can also provide catering for your event as we have 3 upgraded kitchens that can provide from our great range of Toto dishes which means we can cater for functions large and small.
Phone: 09 302 2665
When Sergio Maglione first arrived in New Zealand more than 20 years ago as a young, fresh-faced pizza chef from Italy, he dreamed of bringing the street food of his beloved birth city with him.
“Napoli, where I grew up, is a city that lives on the streets and every neighbourhood has its own speciality dishes. Maybe it’s freshly made pasta or pizza or a plate of sardines, fried and served with nothing more than a squeeze of lemon and some olive oil. Whatever it is, it will be of the highest quality and prepared fresh and simple,” he enthuses passionately in his adorable thick Italian accent.
Maglione made New Zealand his home, working hard as a chef and restaurateur, most recently as co-owner of the iconic Toto Restaurant. Now the dream has just got better with the opening of Farina, his new Italian eatery on Ponsonby Rd, with an old friend and now business partner, Mike Ross.
Together they’ve designed a space that is gorgeous with its sea-green and pearly white tile work, Warhol-esque artwork of Mt Vesuvius erupting in colour, shelves laden with gleaming jars of house-made pickles and preserves, and the impressive pasta machine taking pride of place in the open kitchen.
Diners can take a seat on the plush red corduroy banquet, at one of the communal wooden tables or can perch at the long marble counter, and choose dishes from the pastificio (fresh pasta station), salumeria with its cured meats and cheeses sliced to order, as well as from the pizzeria which will of course feature the famous Toto Italian pizza-by-the-metre and slow-cooked porchetta sandwiches. And there will be sardines, eggplant parmigiano, a daily ragu, skewered meats cooked over charcoal and much more. Farina, fresh and simple – we like that.