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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Criniti's Lunch: REVIEW

Criniti's, in case you don't know by now, is quite the Italian casual dining institution in Australia.

You may have also heard about the kind of Italian fare served up at all the Criniti's restaurants - there are eight in total, across two Australian states (NSW and VIC).

It's the place you go when you want an authentic Italian feed, consistent each time, no matter which of the Criniti's you dine at.

Josie's Juice was invited to dine at the Woolloomooloo venue, and if you like a lazy, long lunch overlooking a water view, or a cozy dinner to languish over (winter and summer), this is the Criniti's to head to.

Says the PR blurb:

Frank Criniti, the brainchild behind the success that is Criniti’s today, was born to humble immigrant parents that landed on Sydney’s shores by boat in the early ‘60s.

Frank grew up eating traditional Italian food prepared by his Mamma Rosa where the ingredients were mainly dictated by the vegetables growing in his dad’s garden, his pride & joy, of which he dedicated so much time cultivating. An excess of tomatoes meant there was always plenty of produce for the napoletana sauce prepared daily. His earliest childhood memories include the smell of simmering garlic, olive oil & fresh tomatoes being cooked in a saucepan. Not to mention the annual backyard rituals of making tomato sauce, salami & homemade vino - traditions still practiced today by the Criniti family.

Food preparation & preservation is central to the Criniti way of life & is where his dreams to establish a traditional Italian eatery stems from, affording people the opportunity to experience authentic Southern Italian food in a restaurant environment.

One of the most enduring lessons learnt through his vision is that food & eating is an experience. Like most Italians, Calabrians live to eat. The experience of sharing food with family & friends is one that is very sacred & should be cherished & remembered, which is why at Criniti’s we say, “when you’re here, you’re family...salute!”

“The hospitality of the south & the genuineness of its cuisine are for us restaurateurs, even sacred...” Frank Criniti

Josie's Juice has dined at Criniti's several times, and each time it has consistently served the same level of Italian food and service.

When my dining partner and I enjoyed a lunch there recently, the food was even better than the last time I dined there (PS: they do really great breakfasts there. An extensive menu... see that list here).

And now, the Criniti's lunch. Feast your eyes:

We dined at Criniti's Woolloomooloo - the Josie's Juice pick for the full experience. On a glorious sunny day... look at that view and ambience:

Then... dessert. Take our recommendation: order the dessert share plate. Here it is. It is SO good:

Close up of one of the sweet offerings:

Now, this is a cool way to order dessert - you're handed an iPad and off you go:

Here we are: the chocolate covered bigne (profiterole) with a delicious chantilly cream centre. So, so good we had to make it EXTRA LARGE:

For more info on Criniti's, click here.

For all the menus, click here.

Want to order online and pick up at your nearest Criniti? You can do that here!

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