Vanessa: Is there any nicer way to break up the working week than spending an evening waterside, beverage in hand and good food before you? I think not!
On this particular mid-week venture, team For Foods Sake was invited to dine at Criniti’s Woolloomooloo. Set on the restaurant-lined finger wharf, Criniti’s offers traditional Italian fair in a classy yet relaxed environment. Former Hugo’s Pizza chef, John Lanzafame now at the helm as Executive Chef at Woolloomooloo, has curated a menu that encapsulates the flavors of Italy.
Charged with an Aperol Spritz and joined by a large group of fellow diners, we perused the menu that we would experience and I instantly wished I had worn my elastic trousers! When I saw the words 3-metre pizza and starter in the same sentence – I knew we were in for an evening of indulgence!
Have you ever seen a 3-metre pizza? Prior to our visit to Criniti’s I had not, but let me tell you their “pizza al metro” is something else! Depending on your group size you can choose the size of your pizza by the metre. With a delicious wood-fired base, ample toping and cooked evenly, given the scale, this is one impressive pizza!
We were also privy to the Criniti’s antipasto sampler board – a grand spread of various antipasto crowd-pleasers including cured meats, calamari fritti, meatballs and zucchini flowers.
Criniti’s offers a good selection of pasta dishes and we were able to sample several of them that night. Two of my standouts were the Porcini Risotto, which had been infused with truffle oil, the taste of which lingered nicely and not at all over powering.
The other favorite being the Rigatoni Gotti with eggplant, ricotta, basil and a rich red sauce.
As I had suspected we were definitely in for an evening of indulgence and after all the previously mentioned courses we were presented with some very generous serves of lamb and chicken Spiedino. Long skewers of each protein were served alongside large, mixed salads.
Last but certainly not least we were served a generous slice of ricotta cheesecake. This was rich, creamy and encased in a light cinnamon pastry. My only regret was that I was beyond full and unable to really enjoy it.
We made our way out feeling content as we synchronised our watches for an early gym wake up call – had to do something to work off the carbs!
Criniti’s ticks all the boxes if you are looking for good Italian meal in a relaxed setting that offers a strong menu selection – there is something for everyone!
Photos by Alex