We're always fond of decadently lush treats on a menu – and while ELMO'S in Ponsonby's entire menu is quite full of luxurious items, there's one that stands out among the rest – but maybe that's just our sweet tooth talking.
In between the lashings of silky creamy pasta and crispy wood-fired pizza is ELMOS dessert section, where you'll spy their XL Hazelnut Chocolate Calzone. Is your interest piqued? So was ours.
Arriving at the table comes a sizeable plate, hot from the heat of an extra-large calzone sitting upon it. Dusted lightly with icing sugar, cutting into the calzone is an experience as the steam and gooey Nutella fall from the dough. You'll hardly believe it's only $15.
Filled to the brim with Nutella, orange zest for a citrus zing, and ricotta and mascarpone to cut through the ultimately sweet chocolate filling.
The swirl of flavours creates a layered mouthful, jumping from sweet to tangy to rich and nutty, with the mascarpone resetting your mouth again for the next bite.
Big enough (and rich enough) to share, the Nutella Calzone has quietly slipped onto our 'favourite dishes' tab when we visit ELMO'S.
As much as we love the authentic savoury goodness on the menu, and as hard as it is to resist ordering the entire burrata bar, we highly suggest saving room for dessert.
Do yourself a favour and visit during their Aperitivo Hour (4:30pm - 6pm daily) and you'll be enjoying Spritz cocktails, reds, whites, and antipasti to begin, leading you all the way from an afternoon Italian Happy Hour into a full-swing of pizza, pasta, oysters, and finishing it off with sweet calzones and a miso white chocolate vodka martini nightcap. There's your evening sorted!