Address: Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Tel: 1300 274 648
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My friend, MDS was telling me how she had never been to Criniti’s before. I couldn’t believe it as it seemed like exactly the type of place she would love.
We decided to head over there for dinner and were lucky enough to get a table despite the fact that it was busy (it being a Friday night).
Criniti’s always has a fabulous atmosphere. I’ve dined here previously and it’s always been a great experience. There is something about the loud music, flaming pizza ovens and good looking Italian waiters that adds to the party vibe at Criniti’s.
On top of that, the restaurant is nearly always busy and has a great cosy feel to it. The locations- near busy hot spots like Darling Harbour and Parramatta make it easy for people to get to, and the food- crowd-pleasing-Italian, appeals to a wide range of tastes.
Service is always excellent. MDS and I had one waiter who took our orders throughout the night and other waitstaff cleared the plates for us. Our waiter was polite but not very friendly and talkative. He was however, very professional and the food came out quickly and with no hiccups.
MDS and I decided to order a few dishes to share.
First up was pasta. We ordered the Parpadelle Palizzi- homemade parpadelle pasta, king prawn cutlets, pancetta, basil, garlic, chilli and cherry tomatoes. The pasta was delicious. Fresh and soft pasta, well-cooked prawns and fresh tomatoes. The sauce was rich and thick, the prawns plentiful and the smoky bacon perfect with the fresh basil!
The wedges were out little guilty side order- an alternative to salad :p. We really enjoyed them as they were crunchy, hot and served in a cute little basket which we both loved. A great snack to munch on while waiting for food or as an entree or side dish.
The Fat Joe’s Schiacciata was delicious. The bread was doughy and soft yet cooked through, the buffalo mozzarella cheese inside was melting and gooey, the salami and olives were salty and tangy, and the herbs and sea salt added the finishing touches. My favourite part of this dish was the soft bread and melting cheese. My least favourite part was that it was a little too salty. Nonetheless a fantastic dish, full of flavour.
Here’s a photo of the inside of the schiacciata:
The meal came to about $35pp.
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Value –7.5