Poderi Crisci (1)
Best Destination Restaurant
Antonio Crisci (above centre) was one of the doyens of Auckland dining back in the days of long lunches at his fabulously cornucopian restaurant Totó. Now, the cornucopia is on Waiheke, and it’s of a leaner, more rustic and more subtly romantic kind. Poderi Crisci is down the end of a long valley, half an hour’s drive from the ferry, and it’s so worth the trip.
Sunday lunches are an especially long and lovely affair, but at any time you’ll find delicious Italian dishes and charming service — and the endless sunshine for which the island is famous. Well, it sure seems like that at Poderi.
A favourite dish: the Sunday long lunch (four hours of food from a set menu for just $70 a head).
Good for vegetarians
Good seating outside
Takes large groups
Good for kids