PODERI CRISCI

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Good Food Guide - - Waiheke Island -

From the rows of vines set in a pic­turesque green val­ley, to the large fam­ily groups din­ing at long wooden ta­bles on the ter­razza and in­side the ivy-clad din­ing room, Poderi Crisci is as close to an au­then­ti­cally Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence you can get on this side of the world. The food lets the in­gre­di­ents speak for them­selves in the tra­di­tional Ital­ian man­ner – think sim­ple an­tipasti and con­torni, pasta and risotto (a risotto di melan­zane, for­maggi e erbe aro­matiche was a re­cent high­light), and skil­fully pre­pared meat and fish dishes. As ex­pected at a vine­yard restau­rant, the wine list is slanted to­wards the ex­cel­lent Poderi Crisci wines, with a sprin­kling of in­ter­est­ing Euro­pean op­tions. If you can make it there on a Sun­day, the long lunch is an in­sti­tu­tion, and it’s pretty hard to beat when the Wai­heke sun is shin­ing. 205 Awaawaroa Rd, Awaawaroa Bay, ph: 09-372 2148, poderi­crisci.co.nz Lunch Thurs-sun, din­ner Fri-sat (win­ter hours); mains $24-$34 IN BRIEF A com­plete, au­then­tic Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence

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