Crinitis is a growing, ever popular, family friendly chain of Italian eateries that currently have five Sydney locations in total. We paid a visit to their more fancy Woolloomooloo Wharf venue. Located next door to China Doll, Crinitis Woolloomooloo brings a more casual eating experience to the area, whilst still offering fantastic water views. Their extensive menu is designed to cater to everyone’s taste. And with more than 180 dishes on offer, from pizzas, pastas, cocktails, martini’s, wraps and burgers, there’s something here for everyone.
Antipasto Calabrese ($14.9)
The perfect way to start any Italian meal! The traditional board consisted of mixed salumi, ‘nduja salame (my favourite), marinated vegetables, eggplant fritter, potato crocchetta, mixed olives, ricotta and parmigiano, all served with Italian bread.
Caprese bruschetta ($12.9)
Another great starter of tomatoes, red onions, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and bufala mozzarella on wood fired Italian bread. The tomatoes (being in season) were firm and ripe, bursting with a sweet fresh flavour that went so well with the combination of ingredients.
Dolce Vita ($49)
Usually eating for about five people we do build up quite a thirst, so we couldn’t bypass one of Crinitis famous “communal cocktails”. These behemoths are served in a ridiculously large themed bowl, this one a rather imposing Colosseum. Made with homemade sangria, fresh grapes, peaches, oranges and melon mixed finally with white spirits, red wine and sweet lemonade. Super refreshing. This was the ideal summer cocktail to share sitting in the sunshine overlooking the wharf.
BBQ King Prawns ($39.9)
There’s something about chucking a couple of shrimp on the barbey (excuse the cliché) that gives them such a sensational flavour and keeps them juicy. On top of that these beauties were marinated in a tangy lemon and garlic butter sauce, giving them a real zing.
This was an absolute quality pizza, adorned with Italian sausage, zucchini flowers, basil, mozzarella and goats cheese. This doughy masterpiece was a combo of unique flavours which worked really well together. From the meaty salty sausage meat, to the creamy bitter goats cheese, each bite was heaven to my tastebuds and the hungry monster in my stomach. This was a traditional round size but if you have a whole bunch of people or you’re just really, REALLY hungry you can get this pizza in 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 METRES.
Linguine Sophia Loren ($30)
Baked with west Australian scampi, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, it’s not hard to guess why this was the favourite meal of the dish’s namesake. Silky strands of perfectly al dente linguine are tossed in the simple yet flavourful sauce, then baked with the scampi in foil, keeping the seafood moist and juicy. This resulted in infusing the pasta with even more flavour!
It’s quantity AND quality at Criniti’s with generous servings that are big and tasty enough to satisfy even the hungriest of patrons (especially 2 of the hungriest guys in Sydney).
Two working Ducati motorbikes dangling from the ceiling.
With a fully stocked bar it’s no wonder why this guy has such a big smile…
Overall we had a fantastic time at Crinitis. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was traditional (just like Nonna makes) and downright delectable.
Criniti’s Italian Restaurant
2/6 Cowper Wharf Rd
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest of Criniti’s