AT Criniti’s, everything is big.
Size starts with the menu – a fold out broadsheet big enough to wrap presents and boasting a mind-boggling 356 menu items.
There’s the decorations, such as an actual Ducati motorbike that takes pride of place in the diner.
And it peaks with the pizza – giant group offerings purchased by the metre, with the pièce de résistance coming in at a table-defying 3m long!
“We do a lot of theatre and a lot of fun but there’s not a single, solitary small meal here,” manager Chris O’Callaghan expressed proudly.
Just like its menu and servings, the family-owned Italian eatery sees a sizeable future as it expands its chain across the country.
Four new Critini’s have opened in the past five months, taking the nationwide expansion to 12.
Its first foray into Perth is as one of several drawcards at Westfield Carousel’s rooftop dining hub, which is hands-down the best and most different dining experience available at a suburban shopping centre.
Even a weekday lunchtime visit to the rooftop feels like a Sunday session and diners are definitely spoilt for choice with the fare.
Criniti’s is great if you want traditional Italian, but there’s tough decisions to be made with a full Asian inspired laneway, Greek and Indian chains, American burger institution TGI Fridays, family friendly franchise The Groove Chain and an on-site nano-brewery among the bevy of choices.
Back to Criniti’s, and unless you’ve arrived with a particular hankering, it might be easier to just take menu suggestions from the staff – else risk a long delay while studying the broadsheet.
Or take our advice, which is to bring your appetite and a crowd and stick to the pizzas for which Crinitis are famed.
Of the 34 options on the menu, our group sampled six as part of a 2m slab – the godfather, francesco criniti, margherita, iforgetti, little mickey’s and belly burrata.
Pizza menu descriptions never do justice but the belly burrata, for instance, had cherry tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant topped with whole strips of prosciutto and decorative mounds of giant burrata mozzarella.
That justice is perhaps better served through pictures – and judging by the number of people who interrupted their ‘regular’ meal to video or snap pics of our 2m-long spectacle, I’d say justice, like the pizza, was well served.