Good Food Guide - - Waiheke Island -

This idyl­lic spot is made for long Ital­ian lunches – while away the after­noon on the ter­razzo in sum­mer, sam­pling from the se­lec­tion of rosé, arneis or viburno from the vine­yard, or at a long ta­ble with the roar­ing fire in­side dur­ing win­ter. Work your way leisurely across the menu, start­ing with con­torni and an­tipasti – the likes of thin rib­bons of grilled pump­kin dressed with oregano, and roasted por­to­bello mush­rooms with rose­mary – be­fore mov­ing on to pasta or the sec­ondi dishes of meat and fish, cooked with skill. The Ital­ian wait­staff are charm­ing and the val­ley set­ting, with its large gar­den, is a de­light. The newly opened La Lo­canda is a de­light­ful ad­di­tion, serv­ing as a tast­ing room for the win­ery as well as of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of an­tipasti and menu items.

205 Awaawaroa Rd, Awaawaroa Bay, 09 372 2148, poderi­crisci.co.nz Lunch Fri-mon, din­ner Fri-sat (win­ter hours); mains $24.50-$34.50

Tra­di­tional Ital­ian IN BRIEF food in a charm­ing set­ting

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