Wollongong Central has a new ‘upper crust’ Italian dining hotspot with the opening of Criniti’s! Come in and meet the famiglia…but before you do, here’s a taste of this exciting newcomer to the Keira Street Dining Precinct.
Since opening in 2003, the Criniti’s name has become synonymous for traditional, quality Italian cuisine – with a twist! And for anyone who’s familiar with the trek to Darling Harbour or Parramatta for their Criniti’s fix, you’ll be thrilled to know the team have opened their first Wollongong restaurant as part of the Wollongong Central Keira Street Dining Precinct (next to Kinn Thai).
As the ninth outpost in the Criniti’s gourmet empire, the slick, industrial-feel of the Wollongong Central restaurant is truly breathtaking. Anchored by a busy and very theatrical open kitchen and bar, the lofty space also features beautiful exposed brickwork and stunning Italian motorbikes and parts polished to interior design perfection.
Fans of the Criniti’s dining offering will love the familiar favourites on menu. Don’t have time to browse the seriously impressive 10-page menu? The iconic selection of wood-fire pizzas is so diverse it’s guaranteed to satisfy every species of diner. We recommend the Nonna Caterina – a mouth-watering medley of mozzarella, fresh rocket prosciutto, tomato bruschetta and parmesan shavings – which can be ordered up to a 3m size ($252)!
Yes, you read that right – Criniti’s has never shied away from a healthy appetite! Even if you’re the type who prefers a dish to yourself – you may need to call in a friend to help with the generously-sized mains like a classic ravioli burnt butter sage ($29.90) or as a platter to serve 4-6 ($88.90). There’s also a fantastic kids’ menu, a great range of fresh seafood and steaks, and an irresistible dessert selection from gelato to crepes, pancakes and waffles.
Although it’s enormous, the Criniti’s menu shouldn’t be thought of as generic. In the lead up to opening the Wollongong Central restaurant, the team ran a poll on the Illawarra Mercury website to ask locals what they thought should go on ‘The Gong Pizza’. The results are in, and The Gong Pizza—a seafood-inspired combination of mussels, garlic prawns, chorizo, Napoli sauce and a mozzarella crust—is now on the menu. And in keeping with its active background in charity and community initiatives, Criniti’s also donated to the Wollongong Hospital Children’s Ward at its official opening.
Incredible Italian cuisine – tick. Community feel good factor - tick. The only thing missing is you! Book now.