Criniti’s is a vibrant chain of restaurants with a Melbourne outpost in Carlton. High energy dining in a unique space, Criniti’s has a cosmopolitan glow about it with a downtown design.
The kitchen serves delicious Italian cuisine which centres on providing patrons with the most amazing array of choices so there is something for everyone. 
Corleone pizza

Quite simply, the Corleone pizza was sensational. Sat atop a thin layer of tomato sugo were generous dollops of delicious buffalo mozzarella, wonderfully sweet cherry tomatoes lashings of , shaved parmigiano and a sprinkling of basil and olives. These ingredients did justice to the fantastic pizza base which was light and flavoursome.
Lamb spiedino chargrilled skewers

The skewers are also highly recommended. Each morsel of the Lamb spiedino chargrilled skewers was sufficiently seasoned and had benefited from a delectable outer charring courtesy of spending the perfect time on the grill. We loved the lemon jus marinade which added a lovely acidity to the dish.
Nutella bomboloni smoothie

Our evening concluded on a decadently sweet end with Criniti’s moreish nutella smoothie which is topped with a nutella-filled donut ball. YUM.
Criniti’s serves cooking that is fun and innovative while retaining traditional flavours, blending contemporary Italian style with classic Italian influence.

Location: 198-204 Faraday St, Carlton
Phone: 1300 274 648
Cuisine: Italian

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Carmine's Bistro

Blending the best of local produce with authentic Italian cooking, Carmine’s Bistro satisfies families and gourmet diners alike.
The dining room possesses a warm familial atmosphere with views of the vast wine collection Carmine’s Bistro harbours. 
The wine list is reasonably priced and features a good selection of wines to complement your meal.
We commenced our dinner with a wide selection of entrees. The arancini balls in particular were delicious with a wonderfully crisp exterior while the scallops were beautifully seared and boasted a delicate sweetness.
Spaghetti marinara

The spaghetti was, as expected from a good Italian restaurant, superbly executed.  The pasta was al-dente and, coupled with generous amounts of tender fresh seafood pieces and combined with the luscious bisque, had a wonderful depth of flavour.  The dish boasted a rich seafood flavour with a robust undercurrent of garlic.
Miss Italia pizza - Fior di latte cheese, Napoli sauce, rocket, shaved parmesan, prosciutto and cherry tomato

The Miss Italia pizza was delicious. Sat atop a thin layer of tomato sugo were generous dollops of delicious fior di latte, lashings of prosciutto and a sprinkling of rocket leaves. These ingredients did justice to the lovely pizza base which was thin, light and flavoursome.
Prime eye fillet steak 

Atop the layer of creamy mash and sautéed spinach, lay a delicious piece of perfectly cooked eye fillet. A light searing ensured that it was lined with a thin crisp layer packed with caramelised beef flavour.  The meat was intense with characteristic beefy notes and a deep earthy richness. Texturally, the beef was sublime with a decadent melt in the mouth, almost buttery, consistency. Coated with an earthy braising sauce, the dish was very enjoyable to consume. 
Nutella Pizza

The Nutella Pizza was a decadent end to what was a fabulous dinner. We loved the cheeky addition of a donut which was a wonderful surprise.
Carmine’s Bistro impresses with the freshness of its ingredients and the quality of its service. Highly recommended for a place to take that special someone or perhaps the family for the perfect treat.

Location: 234 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9663 3151
Cuisine: Italian

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