Situated on Waiheke Island, about a 25 minute drive from Kennedy Point Wharf, you will find Poderi Crisci, a vineyard and Italian restaurant owned and run by Antonio Crisci and his family. Surrounded by rolling hills and immaculate gardens, together with a stunning setting including an Italian style kitchen, displays of Italian cheeses and cured meats, and copper pots and utensils, you will feel like you are in Tuscany.
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.