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Reviews for Minos Pizza
10th May 2013
The pizza here is great. I would have to say this pizza is better then pizza hut and domino’s because unlike the cheese on those big companies pizzas, I could actually taste the cheese and each individual ingredient in the pizza. The staff was great and friendly and always had a smile on their face even when they were delivering the pizza to our car. I love this restaurant and would recommend it to everyone I know. Solid 5/5
5th March 2013
This guy simply knows and loves what he does!!!!
Awesome pizzas, pastas, etc
Love this place!!!!
Tip: If the phone’s busy, don’t try more than 2 times, just call in, you won’t be disappointed
by Pieter M.
31st October 2012
Best pizza’s in town.
Order, pickup and enjoy, owners are always happy to help. I just love the fact that you can see your pizza being made by the owner, not just a mass produced cardboard base. We have been ordering from Minos for the last 5 years and have never been disappointed.
by L. C.
16th September 2012
My partner and I visited Minos Pizza last night and we had the best time – Laughing at the state of the place! It was filthy dirty and over tired. Nothing like any restaurant in Italy or The Greek Islands I have visited and that’s a lot! The fans were thick with dirt as were other surfaces including the horrible pictures that were scattered mishap all over the place. The walls are LONG overdue for a paint. The chalk board which was above our table had two spider nests along the bottom edge of its frame at our eye level. Mate – give the place a clean, elbow grease costs nothing!
My Pizza was disgusting! I only ate one full slice and then scrapped off the ham, cheese and pineapple slop that covered it to an inch thick. When the waitress asked if I wanted to take the rest home, I laughed, NO! I’m not saying it was, but the ham tasted like reconstituted meat full of brine. The Pineapple was so sweet, it tasted as though it came from a tin of Pineapple in syrup. A Big Yuck. My partner’s pizza toppings were also salty or briney. Just wasn’t fresh at all. The base of the pizza was quite good. But all in all, I would rather eat spam on toast, in my garage!
The waitress was very nice, but forgot our salad which was the least of their problems.
22nd July 2012
Good food but I am quite unhappy with the hygiene standard Minos Pizza present. The man behind the counter took my money and without washing his hands he began to make my pizza. I know that accepting money, using the cash register, then accepting someone elses money, then using the cash register again, then making pizza without washing your hands is quite unhygienic. I still ate the pizza though and it tasted good but MINOS PIZZA if I ever come back to give you my business – can you please make my pizza with clean hands!
by barbara d.
22nd July 2012
We have been going to Minos for about 25 years.Pizzas are just the best and they have never let us down.Have even taken the kids,family and friends there. Paul an Diane have always welcomed us all.Moved away from Howick 10 years ago and still miss the place.We come down twice a year and still love it.Of course the owners can be busy at times and maybe are unable to greet you as you are the only people in the world.Maybe some people should have a good look at themselves and realise that,yes you do have to book a table at most restaurants and that live does not revolve around them!Thanks Monios for the great pizzas !!Always
by Sarah B.
7th June 2012
I visited Minos Pizza for the first time when I moved into Mellons Bay Howick nearly 3 years ago. I made a conscious decision not to take offense when I was ignored by the owner and his wife as I stood at the counter for a good 10mins after saying hello to them with no reply. It was around 6.30 and the place was quite empty with the exception of a couple seated. I had my two beautiful children with me aged 8 and 14 and politely asked if we could be seated. The answer was a blunt NO! It was my sons birthday and it was his wish to be there so I asked for an explanation, the male owner responded rudely ” because we don’t have the time to clean up after you and your mess but you can takeaway! I was shocked as I know I did not present any form of behaviour that would provoke this sort of response. Their looks towards my children and I were snobby. My children and I were made to feel uncomfortable and less than human by the owners of Minos Pizza so I don’t recommend this place at all. Parents with precious children keep your children out of harms way and don’t take them there, being provoked into feeling less than human was an awful experience – especially for my son on his birthday.Comment from Paul W. of Minos Pizza 10/06/2012
10th April 2012
good food, and good staff, besdies the actual owners. The husband and wife are rude, the woman is unfriendly and never cares to say welcome or offer any help. The male owner is obnoxious, and I too have been in there while a family came in and he was being rude to them without them acting out of line. It appears to be a family restuarant, as most in Howick. But they do not like kids, and that stuns me, especially when they are not misbehaving. Basically he is rude and unfriendly, and although the whole kid rule doesn’t apply to me, watching him warn his customers that give him the money to run his place is utterly rude, and I have never seen anything like it. Instead he should be warning the family, when and IF the children are actually out of line. The prices are reasonable, but I would only go back if I had to, the rudeness of the owners is enough to put me off.
by The C.
30th January 2012
We have dined at this restaurant for many years.
The food is great and the customer service is prompt.
This Italian/ Mediterranean restaurant must also be the cheapest in Auckland.
In conclusion it is my opinion, that if your last meal on this earth was had at Minos; you will die a happy person!
13th November 2011
Minos has been my favourite pizza restaurant for over 20 years. It is small, intimate and they make terrific pizza. I must admit I prefer it when there are no noisy children in the restaurant because it is so small and children often don’t know how to keep conversation levels low. Having said that we have been going there as a family since our girls were small (but always well behaved) and it is also their favourite pizza restaurant. Keep up the good work Paul!
by Jo D.
8th September 2011
I have just read some of the reviews, and can only speak as we have found. We have eaten in Minos many times as a family …. which includes 2 sons. The staff are always friendly and very welcoming of our children. Our boys are polite and are always rewarded for their good manners with a lollipop at the end of the meal. As for the food, it can’t be beaten! We have lived in many countries and have been lucky enough to have eaten in many good restaurants. Minos definitely rates among the best. Thanks for a great dining experience!
10th May 2011
We actually were in the resturant on Friday night and saw the young children, they were noisy! One of the Children did run out to where the Pizzas were made, the owner was justified in asking if the Children were going to stay seated? If they hadn’t left we would have gone! We had a lovely night as did all the others.
by Richard W.
8th May 2011
We booked for a Friday night. 6 Adults, 2 teenagers and 5 kids (4-10). When booking we were told kids were no problem. When we arrived the first thing the owner said to us (after glaring as we walked in) was “you better keep those kids quite this is the first and last warning” I was quite stunned, and had to ask him to repeat what he had said in case I had heard wrong. Nope, I had heard correctly. He then proceeded to have a go at me for bringing kids in as it will affect his business. The kids had still not made a sound at this point. He was one of the most obnoxious people I have ever met. We promptly turned around and walked out. I would never set foot in this place again and would suggest any parents with kids look elswhere for a nice meal. There are plenty of places in Howick where you are welcome. This is not one of them
by Judi R.
24th August 2010
Best Mediterranean style restaurant that we have tried in Auckland. Excellent service, decor and cuisine. A small cafe style restaurant in keeping with so many found on the coast of Italy or Greece. Whenever visiting Auckland from Rotorua, we always look forward to visiting Minos for an authentic and delicious Mediterranean meal.
by Suzanne L.
24th August 2010
My family and I dine at Minos regularly and always receive the very best of service. Very friendly staff, always have a laugh with the owners. The food is fantastic and very reasonably priced. Whenever we have visitors from out of town we always take them to Minos and they are always suitably impressed.
by lauren x.
25th June 2010
well im 12 and when my dad told me about people saying the staff that work here are ufriendly to kids i was realy shocked .I like the staff they are so polight and friendly we are going there for pizza tonight it is our favourite place for pizza highly recomended!!!!
7th April 2010
I was surprised that a pizza restaurant was cooking pizza in a conventional oven. I make my own pizza at home but chose to go to a restaurant for that proper pizza oven taste. The food was fair. My wife ordered a pizza which was topped so heavily in cheap ham, large chunks of pineapple and little mozzarella cheese. The owners (rather the owner’s wife/partner) was so unfriendly that I would never set foot in this restaurant again.
5th April 2010
This place is great for takeaways, because then you don’t have to deal with the staff. Last time I dined in here, we were ignored for a good 10 minutes while we stood by the counter – with the owner (?) directly in front of us making pizzas. The restaurant was not busy at all, and it seemed as if we were inconveniencing them by being there for dinner. Once we were seated, the waitress seemed very standoff-ish and frustrated with us. Food was prompt and good, but the service really lets them down, incredibly unwelcoming. Would not dine in here ever again.
7th October 2009
Simply the best pizza, fantastic service, and good pricing.
by pizza lover
1st January 2009
my husband and i used to live in Howick and frequently had Minos pizza, friendly and fantastic is all i say , always a friendly welcome and the best pizza around , he and his wife have always been soo accommodating with us and our friends and even have made up a special pizzas for me on occasions!! we now live out of the area but travel in when we can to get that fantastic Minos pizza that we love!!!
21st December 2008
The pizza here is the absolute best!!
by Emma H
19th December 2008
I visited this restaurant one evening with my mother and 2 young children. There were no customers there as it was early – 5.30pm. The man behind the counter looked up at the children and ignored my mother and I for about 5 minutes. I finally asked if we could be seated and see a menu and he proceeded to make excuses as to why we couldn’t be served – too busy, too many bookings – funny when the place was empty. The reason being that he didn’t want the children in the restaurant – a very casual dining facility. It is by no means an up market dining facility. I was shocked at the reception we were given – incredibly unwelcoming. Very disappointing. I am unable to provide feedback on the food as we weren’t given the opportunity to dine here. So if you have children I would not recommend Minos Pizza as this is NOT a family friendly restaurant.
UPDATE (Oct 1 2010)
To the owner who responded to my review 2 years later…
My point of mentioning that your establishment was far from upmarket was to emphasise the point that the restaurant should in fact be child friendly. Your demeanor was incredibly unwelcoming and you appeared to be inconvenienced by our presence as it took an uncomfortable length of time before you acknowledged us.
It is apparent by the number of exclamation marks used in your response that you are irritated by my review. It is a shame you were unable to take the criticism as being constructive and make positive improvements. I am obviously not the only person who has concluded that the service at your pizzeria is hostile. I hope you will take this feedback on board in order to improve your service.Comment from Paul W. of Minos Pizza 17/08/2010
by Tim Edmonds
6th May 2008
I have been coming to this place for years, its a icon in Howick. This place makes the freshest pizza’s and they taste better than the ones we used to purchase on the Spanish steps in Roma. They have a great variety and are always friendly. Highly recommended.
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