Food & Nutrition / 09.04.15 / BY Bella Serventi

CRINITIS: EAT PASTA LIKE SOPHIA LOREN

It’s no secret that the Italian’s love their food (I’m Milanese so can get away saying that!) and Criniti’s newest european noshery in Woolloomooloo is giving Sydney siders the chance to eat like an Italian in one of the city’s most sought after locations – The Wharf!

Lunch at Criniti’s Sydney, Woolloomooloo

There is nothing better than spending hours people watching and celeb spotting by the water, particularly when you sip on delicious sangiovese and enjoy dishes that have been cooked by Italians, inspired by famous Europeans and of course, Mama Rosa’s secret family recipes!

Newly appointed Chef John Lanzafame, is certainly acclaimed given his past pedigree from award winning Hugos Pizza, complimented by his deep cultural roots and genuine passion for regional rustic italian dishes which are highly visible on the new menu. This included our favourite dish – The Sophia Loren which is a delicious handmade linguine with West Australian scampi, cherry tomatoes, garlic & olive oil. So that’s how Sophia got her curves…..brava.

Eating well and with family is important to Chef John as Italian cooking should be all about gathering around a table full of food with family, good friends and, most importantly wine! So – we did just that.

Criniti’s certainly has an extensive menu ranging from pastas, and pizza and delicious entrees and european snacks so we’d recommend going with a few of your friends to fully experience a wide range of dishes. Criniti’s also prides itself on in-house handmade pasta, with gluten free options and plenty of alternatives for vegetarians.  You also may not realise that many of the dishes have been inspired by secret family recipes and life long traditional cooking techniques by Mama Rosa the matriarch of the Criniti’s empire.  Her meatball’s are famous and definitely worth a try…

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS SWEATY BETTY PRBeautiful day at The Wharf

What did we eat?

Making our selection wasn’t easy with this mouth watering menu…and you didn’t need to ask us twice to enjoy consuming some yummy pasta and bread during the day on the water with the sun shining and glass of wine in hand. And yes, I highly recommend a work out in the morning as you wont be able to resist the warm garlic breads, antipastos and eggplant fritters.

Entree

We nibbled on fresh caprese salad drizzled with olive oil and adorned with fresh basil. We also decided on the fig pizza crust with goats cheese, prosciutto and mozzarella. Hey – if its good enough for the Italians…we should really order like they do….

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS SWEATTY BETTY PRFig Pizza Crust

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS CAPRESE SALADCaprese Salad

Mains

The talented kitchen recommended the The Sophia Loren for main course. Not only does the name conjure up genuine italian culture at its finest but also its a fairly light pasta meal given its Al’ Olio inspired dressing. We were also sold on the Pennette Al Pacino a homemade italian salame penne with chilli oil, garlic, basil & sugo di pomodoro. Well, naturally only a side of Al Pacino should go with our Sophia Loren.

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS MEATBALLS SWEATTY BETTY PRMama Rosa’s famous meatballs

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS SWEATTY BETTYMain Course, including Sophia Loren!

Vino

Well, we wouldn’t typically enjoy a vino filled lunch during the week (who us??) but in the spirit of truly dining like the Italians and given the sunny day – well – we really couldn’t help it. In fact, we were kicking ourselves we didn’t go for a sunset dinner so we could have enjoyed the whole bottle! We ordered a lovely light poggiotondo sangiovese merlot shiraz from Toscana, Italy.

LA FEMME MECCA CRINITIS SWEATY BETTY PRVino

So we ate, drank and were merry in true Italian style and with the warm efficient service and playful italian dishes we certainly ate like the Romans. Sophia would have been proud.

To book Criniti’s at Woololomooloo Wharf Book Here.

Alternatively head to their website www.crinitis.com.au or call 1300 274 648 to make a reservation at the Sydney, Woolloomooloo restaurant. 

Credits

Author / Bella Serventi