The famed Poderi Crisci eventually drew us into its clutches. We decided to sample this Tuscan delight sans kinder, and booked a table in advance. Even though they were fully booked, they managed to squeeze us in, thanks!! The setting is beautiful, quite similar to the Tuscan style setting of Casita Miro. The waiters are excellently Italian, brusque with a touch of irreverence. They were a bit put out when we declined their suggestion of a prosecco aperitif :-) Anyway, we ate à la carte, and I ordered the crispy skin salmon, which was succulent and beautifully presented. Overall this restaurant is one of the highlights of the island and am definitely keen to come back for one of their long lunches....
My wife and I, my son and his wife and three young children visited this delightful unusual restaurant set in the most beautiful vineyard and garden. The occasion was News Years Day so we were there to experience their ‘long lunch’. This is where you simply relax and receive whatever food has been prepared with the most perfectly paired wine from their cellar. We all had the most wonderful time. I imagined I was somewhere in Italy...sorry to leave actually. The service, food and wine was absolutely tops.
Spent the night on the island and looking to tick off another Auckland degustation so we came here. This is their degustation menu they serve on the weekends or nights, sorry I can't remember. We washed it down with their house rosé, pinot gris, lemoncello and a grappa. Everything was pretty good, a lot of long waits though in between courses. Not bad but it didn't blow us away or anything. Service is excellent as well as the ambience.
This is the Italian Tuscany of Waiheke Island, your perfect place to relax and enjoy Italian inspired food and a refreshing cold Peroni. Salute!
It was a wet day but certainly it was worth a visit down the long dirt road where we had lunch. Nice wine good food and excellent service. A great place to spend a few hours.