Vincenzo Iaquinta calmly buried a 29th minute penalty kick, awarded after defender Tommy Smith pulled down Daniele de Rossi in the six yard box, pulling Italy even with the All Whites, 1-1.
The penalty was called when Smith pulled de Rossi to the ground, the midfielder going far post for a cross. Smith's left hand had a fist-full of jersey, earning him a yellow card when the Italian went to ground.
Iaquinta's confident finish into the right side of goal gave Mark Paston, who dove left, no chance, equalizing Shame Smeltz's 7th minute opener.
Italy has had 72 percent of possession in the first 30 minutes, out-shooting New Zealand 9-1.