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1 metre of pizza at Criniti’s, Darling Harbour

It’s very rare that I go to Darling Harbour for dinner, in fact, the only restaurant I know in Darling Harbour is Hurricanes! So when my brother, F, suggested this place, Criniti’s, I was more than happy to try! Also, it was his birthday gathering with his friends, and I couldn’t exactly say no! How can I say no to food?

Criniti’s serves Southern Italian cuisine, apparently there is another branch in Parramatta and they even have a ‘1 metre’ wood fire pizza and 1kg BBQ ribs. I thought no one could ever finish a 1 metre pizza and I was proven wrong! There were 8 of us that evening, and we decided to get 3 pizzas and 4 pastas – talk about carb-ing it up! If we were doing the half marathon or full marathon the next day, then this would be the perfect meal! Alas, none of us were but we still had a wonderful meal!

I was going to the bathroom to wash my hand, and when I came back, I saw a metre of pizza and thought good grief, we are never going to finish this! We ordered suprema (ham, cabanossi, capsicum, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, olives, pepperoni, oregano and onion), calabrese (olives, sausages, roasted capsicum, mozzarella cheese, oregano and chili), and godfather (chicken, avocado, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and semi sun dried tomatoes). A lot of mozzarella cheese, but it is a pizza after all!

The pizza base was thin and crispy at times (pending on which part of the pizza), the toppings were generous and delicious! I absolutely love the suprema, only cause I am a sucker for mushrooms on pizzas, and I love ham, pepperoni and cabanossi – the combination of it all was fantastic! The calabrese was also good, the chili gave it a nice kick, but the godfather, was so so. As much as I love chicken and avocado together, this was a little disappointing.

The carbonara (red onion, bacon, parmesan cheese and egg in a cream sauce) with fettuccini was deliciously creamy. I am not a massive fan of creamy base pasta so didn’t have a lot of this. I know my sis-in-law to be, O, enjoyed it and so did my brother.

The aglio e olio (virgin oil with garlic, basil and parsley, prawns and chili) with spaghetti was sensational! It was simple but yet well executed. The prawns were fresh and the chili really gave it a nice touch! I am really loving pasta or pizza with chili! Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this, the plate was almost empty by the time it got to me!

The calabrese (Italian sausages with napoletana sauce and olives, chili and meatballs) with penne was good, the meatball was HUGE! I think there were 3 of these huge round meatballs. The meatballs was tender and succulent and delicious.

The al pacino (homemade Italian salami with chili oil, garlic and basil in a napoletana sauce) with penne was good but nothing special. The calabrese was infinitely better, but my favourite would have to be the aglio e olio, that was fantastic!

We sat there for the next 20 mins digesting our food and not being able to move. My brother was thinking about dessert already, not at Criniti’s but he wanted Movenpick ice cream, which I didn’t know at the time, had opened at Darling Harbour! I couldn’t say no to that!

To say that Criniti’s servings were generous is an understatement! The restaurant was busy, noisy, buzzing and staff moved quickly around to try and keep up with customer’s needs and wants. Great for parties, and big groups, and relatively cheap. It was a great evening, and welcome back sis-in-law to be! We have missed you!

Apologies for the dark photos! My camera is Canon IXUS 75 and in need of an upgrade!!!! It doesn’t take good photos in the dark *sigh*.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10


Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre

Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000

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  1. Frank
    September 27, 2010 at 1:27 am

    One metre pizza, is amazing! the pizza was very good and the pasta is also tops. i am really amazed at the large variety of pastas and pizzas on the menu. Usually in these smack grab sort of places, quality is low, but not here. so well done Criniti’s

  2. vin
    August 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    what time that shop close?

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