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Review - Criniti's


Alex Harmon investigated the new Criniti's chain addition to Woolloomooloo just before Xmas...

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Italians do simple and subtle well. They also do over-the-top and flashy. Criniti’s falls into the latter category. With two Ducati motorcycles hanging from the ceiling and a mountainous menu, the new Woolloomooloo restaurant is an unmissable addition to the Finger Wharf.

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While it’s Southern Italian cuisine by nature, unique to this restaurant is the Asian fusion, or “sister from another Mister” as the sashimi/sushi menu suggests. We give the Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Cucumber and Semi Dried Tomato Sushi ($16) a go… when in Rome. While it’s not for the sushi purists, the prosciutto ‘seaweed’ makes for an interesting twist.

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Funnily enough, it’s the simple things they do well: Homemade Spaghetti With Mamma Criniti’s Meatballs ($22.90/small) shines, even if the meatballs are a little over injected with breadcrumbs.

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The sauce is stunning, as is the Bruschetta ($9.90) with goat’s cheese and artichokes. Either way, if you make your pick from their choices before sundown, you’re doing well.

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The Seafood Skewers ($39.90) are impressive in presentation and taste – they're served like sea
trophies, and the prawns, octopus and scallops are prized catches.

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End with the Nutella Calzone ($17), a ridiculously ugly but divine smattering of pastry, marshmallows, peanuts and strawberries. Criniti’s is gaudy, but in a good way - a suitably festive experience.

Criniti’s
Shop 2, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Ph: (1300) 274 648

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