In all honesty I haven’t been to Crinitis for a while, probably a few years! I think the last time I went it wasn’t much of a great experience and I thought the food was overpriced for what it was.
Fast forward to the present, I received an invitation to celebrate the new Chef John Lanzafame’s arrival with a tasting menu experience, so of course I accepted!
As we arrived, our host was Elliot of Sweaty Betty PR went through the menu and told us to sit anywhere we liked. Most of the people who came where food bloggers and Instagram foodies. Drinks on offer were Aperol Spritz, Menabrea & Santa Margherita Prosecco, White/Red wine and sparkling water.
Two lovely ladies sat beside me on the right and I got to find out they are from the awesome Instagram account “twogirlsonefork”, funny enough, we both followed each other so it was great to put faces to the accounts.
For starterswe enjoyed a 3 metre Italian pizza with a selection of authentic margarita, azzuri and zappatore toppings.
First course consisted of 3 dishes: 1. Crocchette di patate (Fried potato mash with pancetta & shallots) 2. Olive All’ascolana (Fired large green olives, stuffed with mozzarella & wrapped with mince) 3. Mamma Criniti’s Polpette (Mama Crinities own traditional homemade meatballs with sugo di pomodoro)
By the time the main course arrived most of us were already stuffed!
Main course comprised of: BBQ Meat Platter – Pork & lamb ribs, char-grilled chicken in bbq sauce, Italian sausages, char-grilled chicken skewer & char-grilled lamb skewer. Suffice to say we hardly touched the mains, there was so much food! I hoped the staff got to have whatever was not touched. And finally for the best part of the night (for my sweet tooth comrades) dessert consisted of:Mini Ricotta Cannoli and Mini chocolate Tartufini (Profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream, rolled in decadent milk chocolate fudge & covered in dark chocolate shavings). OMG! The profiteroles were divine!
Overall, the food was wonderful, the company great, the drinks flowed and the dessert sweet. Highlights of the night for me were the: 1. Menabrea & Santa Margherita Prosecco 2. Zappatore pizza (which was meatballs and chilli) 3. The olive All’ascolana (stuffed fried green olives) 4. Gnocchi gorgonzola (delicious, creamy and savoury!) 5. Ribs, sticky ribs yum!
And finally the one that sealed the deal was the mini chocolate tartufini’s….yum… just yum! You want to eat this for breakfast but you know it’s not good for your health! I thoroughly enjoyed the event and would definitely go back to try all the highlights of the night.
A big thank you to Sweaty Betty PR for the invitation.