Poderi Crisci

4 star rating 13 reviews

Telephone 09 372 2148

205 Awaawaroa Rd
Waiheke Island
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Italian, A La Carte, European, International
Hours:
Mon 12 noon - 5pm
Fri - Sat 12 noon - 9pm
Sun 12 noon - 4pm
Provided by business

Overview

An inspired vineyard restaurant set on the lovely Waiheke Island, Poderi Crisci is the latest creation of talented Restaurateur and Chef Antonio Crisci. Crisci has previously pioneered several hugely successful establishments including Toto in Auckland CBD, Il Forno Cafe in Ponsonby and Italian bistro NSP (Non Solo Pizza) in Parnell. Poderi Crisci takes it up a level with this restaurant which is open for long lunches each Thursday through Sunday. The eatery has opened to rave reviews from the critics, for not only the exquisite food (all that is great about authentic Italian cuisine – simply prepared ingredients with outstanding flavour’ Little parcels of unbelievely tender pasta, the bright pink beetroot and goat cheese filling tangy to the tongue, drizzled in sage butter, and served on salty, butery, wilted spinach. I couldn’t remember tasting better here or in Italy.’), but also the serene environment (‘rows of soft green, puff ball olive trees, the clipped lavender hedging, the winery . . .’ – NZ Herald.)

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More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Wineries & Vineyards, Caterers
Takeaways:
Yes
Parking:
Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
WI-FI:
Free
Alcohol:
Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Spirits
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
100
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Poderi Crisci

3 star rating
by Carol
23rd September 2013

We were very much looking forward to coming to Poderi Crisci for a special birthday lunch. We had booked it many weeks in advance.

We started with the entree of meats and dips and breads, which was nice – simple but tasty – probably a little pricey for what it was though. For mains we had the lamb which was lovely and delicate while the fish, which was beautifully presented, lacked flavour.

Everything seemed like it was going well and service was good – with our young attentive waiter being quite helpful. However when it came to ordering our desserts, it all seemed to turn pear-shaped. The maitre’de seemed to get quite flustered at this point, ordering the young waiter this way and that – the poor boy looking quite overworked and largely on his own!

We then had to wait over 50 minutes for our desserts and coffees – reminding the staff three times during that wait. My partner also asked for a candle to put in the dessert (as it was a special birthday). This never came once the desserts finally arrived. There was no apology and this request was totally forgotten.

To add insult to injury, after our long wait, the desserts were both very mediocre. I had tiramisu which I would’ve hoped would’ve been excellent from an Italian restaurant but it was the most tasteless that I had ever had. Very disappointing. My partner’s apple strudel was also very ordinary.

The staff getting so flustered and forgetting to serve plus the lack-lustre desserts which we waited for almost an hour for, spoilt our experience at Poderi Crisci and as a result, we will probably think twice about returning.

5 star rating
by Wolfie W.
10th September 2013

First rate establishment. We were here on Saturday to celebrate my husband’s birthday and decided to “Trust the Chef” – opting for the 4 course menu complete with matching wines…. top choice, everything was sublime, and they were happy to work with me and my seafood/fish aversion plus ensured that the duck prosciutto with shaved truffle and Parmesan that I was longing for on the other menu was included. We had a leisurely lunch of more than 2 hours, with very professional yet friendly service and felt we had indeed had a celebratory lunch. The staff had their hands very full with a massive long lunch for one family who were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary at the long table outside under the awning, the weather turned showery and gusty at one point and the staff rushed around accommodating those who were cold indoors and supplying blankets to those who chose to brave it out, as well as at least half a dozen other groups inside along with ourselves. At no point did they miss a beat, and I’m sure everyone was as happy as we were. The wines were well matched to the menu, of particular note was the Pinot Grigio, something we could do with more of in NZ, and also a very delicious Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend was more than pleasing! Add to this the wonderful decor and ambiance inside, perfectly clean bathrooms, and a delightful rural setting with beautiful gardens and you have a winner. We would return in an instant!

5 star rating
by Anthony H.
21st April 2013

It’s out of the way, but that’s part of the charm. Lovely relaxing atmosphere; attentive, informed but unpushy service; and a wonderful degustation dinner at a reasonable price. There were two of us eating with a 7 year old grazing off our plates. Some restaurants would baulk at this but PC brought a non-alcoholic palate-cleansing sorbet for the child gratis. Highly recommended for a cozy winter feast or long summer lunch on the terrace.

4 star rating
by David B.
18th November 2012

Off the beaten track would be a good way of describing this place. It is in the middle of nowhere which is hard to do on an island. A group of us headed there for a long lunch birthday celebration and we had a great time. There is a vibrant atmosphere within the restaurant and adjoining kitchen.

We sampled our way through a complete selection from the menu starting with breads and dips ending with pannacotta. My pick was the lamb main.

Get a taxi – you will want to make the most of the trip out there.

5 star rating
by hayley
22nd July 2012

I was a little unsure of what sort of experience we were going to have at Poderi Crisci, but as I’ve trusted the Metro Top 50 before I decided to take a chance and book for my boyfriends birthday dinner.

We were not disappointed! Off the beaten track, sits a fabulous homely kitchen and bar restaurant. Perfect lighting and Italian music created a wonderful ambience for us diners. We were served by a knowedgable and attentive waiter, who guided us through the 6 course degustation menu with matching wines. The service was impeccable, the entire menu a delight and the wines tasty and well matched with each course. I was particularly impressed with the design of the menu; we were completely satisfied and neither too full, nor left wanting more. The size of the dishes were just perfect. All of this attention and food heaven lasted over 3 hours; we weren’t rushed at all leaving us time to enjoy and savour what was a fabulous dining experience.

We dine out a fair bit, and have had our fair share of degustation and this is by far the best all round experience we’ve had in New Zealand to date.

It’s well worth the drive out! We hope to return on another visit soon.

5 star rating
by Sarah P.
7th April 2012

What a fantastic afternoon! Not just the food but the staff make this place. We were seated outside to enjoy the view, ordered a heap of entrees as a starter between four of us and instead of jamming our table full, the maitre de (I think owner too?) bought a small table to sit beside us. The service was exceptional – the lady (wife?) suggested items and wines that didn’t disappoint and gave us a sample of their Chardonnay which I normally don’t like but did enjoy. The food was delicious. We must have had 10 or more different dishes to share and each was almost as good as the other – all different tastes. The perfect end was the crispest pastry on a pear and apple strudel … OMG! I will definitely be back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone … just a shame it is so far away!

4 star rating
by Les H.
13th February 2012

Took a group of 17 here for the long lunch recently. We all enjoyed the food & the wines very much.
The service was faultless with staff attentive & informative about each of the dishes they were serving to us.
Many of us started with the Sparkling Rose “Ombra”, continued with the Pinot Grigio, then either the Chardonnay or the Viburno.
To conclude a marvelous day out, they offered us a complimentary Lemoncello which was delicious.
A bit pricey but hey it is a bit off the beaten track & they must have high freight costs & a bit of difficulty retaining trained staff

3 star rating
by Gwyneth
19th August 2011

We had a wonderful relaxed Sunday long lunch. The service was welcoming and friendly – just right. The Pinot gris was superb, really lovely however none of the reds grabbed us (they gave us tasters of all of three!), could we suggest they do a contra deal with Passage Rock for their Syrahs. The food was lovely, nicely paced and thoughtfully presented. We had to force ourselves to slow down and allow the whole experience to last the nearly four hours we were there. It’s a beautiful position – possibly a sign at the turnoff would have helped us to know we were in the right place.

5 star rating
by Mike
25th June 2011

That Pinot Grigio is the best I’ve tried and the wait staff know all about it because they work in the vineyard also. the fish went perfect with the wine as they recommended and overall a place I’m going back to HEAPS

1 star rating
by Sarah
7th June 2011

Lovely setting but thats really all there is.

I think the waiters could have been good but the maitre d’ was determined to control their every move and basically made the entire experience terrible. We waited far too long for our wine and never had an opportunity to order food, or another glass of wine. We could hear people at the next table complaining and another table were delivered food which they hadn’t even ordered.

The cellar door was a waste of time – the person doing the wine tasting obviously found dealing with more than four people too hard so he just didn’t bother.

I wish we’d read the Metro magazine review first otherwise we would not have bothered going all the way out there!

3 star rating
by Jeannette V.
17th April 2011

The perfect setting but definitely could be improved upon. The Sunday long lunch menu was a hit & miss affair. Started off with a selection of breads oil & olives, nice. The grilled veggies were also just nice, not amazing but ok. The ceviche/fish salad course was excellent, as was the veggie fritatta. The ravioli were awful, I mean we were unable to eat them – seriously undercooked (not al dente but just plain raw) and tasteless really. The veal meatloaf with potatoes was homey and quite average. The pannacotta also, sublime. We ordered a few little extra dishes, eggplant parmagiana, nothing special, chocolate mousse was awful – worst I’ve had. The cheese plate was below average, 3 cheeses and nothing I hadn’t had before and you don’t usually find grano padano on a cheese board. The kids loved the trampoline and the service was ok, but all in all, I would not recommend it to anyone. We simply were not impressed enough with anything. It was flat. I think I ‘d prefer to return to Cable Bay a few more times instead.

3 star rating
by Jeannette V.
17th April 2011

The perfect setting but definitely could be improved upon. The Sunday long lunch menu was a hit & miss affair. Started off with a selection of breads oil & olives, nice. The grilled veggies were also just nice, not amazing but ok. The ceviche/fish salad course was excellent, as was the veggie fritatta. The ravioli were awful, I mean we were unable to eat them – seriously undercooked (not al dente but just plain raw) and tasteless really. The veal meatloaf with potatoes was homey and quite average. The pannacotta also, sublime. We ordered a few little extra dishes, eggplant parmagiana, nothing special, chocolate mousse was awful – worst I’ve had. The cheese plate was below average, 3 cheeses and nothing I hadn’t had before and you don’t usually find grano padano on a cheese board. The kids loved the trampoline and the service was ok, but all in all, I would not recommend it to anyone. We simply were not impressed enough with anything. It was flat. I think I ‘d prefer to return to Cable Bay a few more times instead.

5 star rating
by Alfiegerner
22nd January 2011

Top, top, top place. Excellent food and service.

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