A Little Italy has been around for a long time...at least two decades...and I think it has been in the same ownership too. My wife and I used to go there a lot when we were studying at Auckland University in the early 1990s...it's just a handy walk down the hill.
We went back recently for an anniversary dinner and still enjoyed the experience. Not much seemed to have changed, still great food and friendly service, and a nice place to eat before a movie in town. We love the seafood bake dish, which is a delicious, and loved the gelato as well.
Definitely recommend trying it out if you feel like Italian, and especially if you like seafood.