CCU Undercover: Criniti’s

– Posted in: Brownies And Blondies And Bars, Miscellaneous

Before I begin, just a big thank you to everyone who helped me with my facebook questions and who linked me to their pages – If you saw someone random named Urvashi ‘like’ you, thats me :D and I want to like everyone so keep on linking :)
I will post up my page link as soon as I get some time to make it ;)
And also I was joking when I said I had lunch with Mark Z., I promise you all I hae never even seen this guy :D

Now on to the post – Enjoy!

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“Mamma mia!”
No-Sit Coffee Shops.
Gelatissimo.
“Why are all the towers leaning daddy?”
Al Pacino casually walking by with Marlon Brando with their godkids…

Yep, CCU definitely knew she was in Italy. Big, bustling mammas shopping for fresh ingredients, gossiping while their mafia husbands talked casually, wearing big gold chains and designer suits.
She walked along, the Colosseum blocking the heat of sun from her face when in the distance she saw it… she went inside… and she never wanted to come out again…

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Ok, alright, maybe I am stereotyping Italy a little *a lot* but I felt like I was actually in one of those dens in Italy! Although, this was one big den!

Criniti’s, Sydney’s fastest growing, most popular Italian restaurant is not. small. Seating outside, inside, upstairs, 2 kitchens – you get the gist no?
I wish I could have taken photos of it all but I am telling you, standing still, you will get stepped on, run over or bowled over more like it. Waiters running left, right and centre, efficiently but they are just so busy :)

Note: All photos have been brightened because of the lighting for your viewing pleasure :)

We are taken inside and upstairs, passing the bar area, dim warming lights and soft catchy music playing make the atmosphere. We are seated at a wooden table, the lamp glows just enough to eat by (as you shall see in the photos :P). We are given a waitress to specifically serve our table, so no chance of any mix-ups and greater efficiency. I’m sure these guys have to do easily 3-4 tables each. How many waiters are possible?

Anyway, we look at the menu, which is exhausting, there is so much choice. It is written with the traditional Italian name and a translation, with good description so you know exactly what you are getting :)

First up, we order drinks. My dad, he goes for his classic, Jack Daniels and Coke.

Jack Daniels ($9)

My brother too, goes for his classic – no, not the chocolate milkshake :P, a Lemon-Lime Bitters! I try some and it is sweeter than most with less bitter so I like it but my brother prefers it slightly zingier.

Lemon-Lime Bitters ($5)

My poor mummy has a bad throat so she doesn’t get a drink until later so to taunt her (joking, joking!), I get one a beautiful mocktail. A Manberry – hahahahahaha I love that name, it is so funny! Sorry, sorry, :D, it is refreshing, the crushed ice is properly flavoured as well so that I do not suck the flavour out leaving the ice! The fruity flavours of mango and berries are heavenly and the glass is so cute!

Manberry ($12) – Mango cheek, strawberries and orange juice w/ crushed ice

Next up, we order entrees. We keep it simple, my brother and daddy saving their meaty appetites (a pun ;)) for the mains. First up, we order the classic real Italian garlic bread a.k.a garlic crust :)

Pizzette Crosta: Garlic Crust ($16.90) – olive oil, garlic, origano w/ hummus, black olive tapenade and tomato-capsicum relish

Very soft and deliciously flavoured garlicky crust bread, almost like Italian naans and it comes with some dips which is a plus and something I have never seen before. We get a chunky tomato-capsicum relish which is delicious, a black olive tapenade which is apparently a bit too salty and some hummus!

On my request, we order bruschetta (you all know my bruschetta obsession) and it is perfect. The bread is crunchy but soft in the middle, dripping with olive oil dressing and topped with tomatoes and chunks of mozzarella :)

Bruschette: Caprese ($9.90) – cherry tomatoes, basil, red onion, garlic, origano, olive oil, D.O.P buffalo mozzerella

We also order a seasonal vegetables, because we are healthy like that, sautéed in a nice amount butter and seasoned with salt and pepper ;) – I have tried and enjoyed it before but I stick to bruschetta this time. Mum likes it a lot, I can tell you that :D

Seasonal Vegetables ($5.90)

Mains Time! One of the best parts of the evening :)
Mum and I decide to share because even if you do not get the 1m pizza (yep, they have it!), it is still a pretty hearty serving and I am not skimping on dessert here! We order the Ferrara, another fantastic name, a generously vegetable filled pizza. It has a very thin base and not a lot of cheese but it works perfectly together! Wood-fired, you get a beautiful smoky taste in each bite and honestly, I may as well be in Italy with this pizza, it feels so authentic!

Pizza Al Forno Legna (Woodfire): Ferrara ($29.50) – eggplant, mushrooms, wood fire roaasted capsicum, semi sundried tomatoes, red onion, D.O.P fior de latte mozzarella, artichokes w/ ligurian olives

My brother orders quite the exotic creation, filled with lots of thick lashings of cheese, Italian sausage and great flavourings. My brother, being a man of many words, says “It’s awesome.” ;)

Pizza Al Forno Legna (Wood Fired) – Cornuto ($27.50) – Italian sausages, origano, basil, D.O.P buffalo mozzarella & chilli

Daddy decides to be the trendy one and get some fresh pasta. It takes a long time to choose (these guys have two large sections for pasta, three for pizzas!) but in the end, daddy goes for a saucy mixture  with the goodness of chicken, cream and avocado. Not half bad, not bad at all, so good! :D

Pasta Asciutta (Dry Pasta): Pennette Romana ($29.50) – chicken, mushroom, avocado, cherry tomatoes & cream w/ D.O.P parmesan

Now… drum roll please… DESSERT DESSERT DESSERT! You may not know this but it is rare and my entire family orders a dessert each. But tonight was indulgence city so guess what… we did :D :D

Dad, he got the affogato. Yea, I know, pretty boring, just a scoop of ice cream engulfed by strong coffee. WRONG!
3 scoops of the smoothest vanilla gelato sitting in a giant sundae cup, with 2 thick honeycomb pieces, adorned on the sides with small cups, one containing coffee, one containing Frangelico. Holy cow, the best affogato in the history of affogatos. A claim attested to by daddy :)

Dolci: Affogato ($14) – vanilla gelato w/ a shot of espresso, frangelico & honeycomb

Have you met my classic brother? He is a sticky fellow. More like a sticky date fellow. So he goes ahead and gets a magnificent dariole mould shaped pudding, drenched in butterscotch with a scoop of that gorgeous gelato and a small whipped cream patch. Good stuff.

Dolci: Sticky Date ($15) – sticky date pudding glazed w/ hot butterscotch, cream & vanilla gelato

Mummy? She is all but dying for ice cream but stays strong and gets the traditional Tiramisu. Boy, is she happy with that decision :D
It is a chunk of coffee cream spongey goodness, adorned with chocolate flakes and powder. Every bite and my mum swoons.

Dolci: Tiramisu ($15) – traditional Italian tiramisu

She also gets a hot cappuccino (“Skinny and extra hot please”) and it comes with the cutest biscuit, going perfectly with the cake and keeps her throat ok. Yay!

Cappuccino ($4)

Me? Well, I was a pain and took a year to decide. You see, everything looks so good, but everything looks so exotic. I want something a little familiar. Something I can be guaranteed heaven with. And then I see it. Nutella… nutella… nutella… nutella… and mum points out the stack of 1 kg Nutella jars in the corner on a shelf at the back of the room. Oh yeah…

Dolci: Nutella Bomba ($16) – cinnamon coated fried pizza pocket filled w/ nutella served w/ vanilla gelato

I decide to go for more dough and get a nutella bomba (bomb of Nutella? YES!) – the dough is soft and sweet, a centre of warmed Nutella dripping off it, vanilla gelato melting into it. Aaaaah, it was absolute heaven – never have I seen Nutella used in such a delicious way!

My yummy mess…

General Overview:

  • The service is the best I have seen – serving so many people, all at once, it must be difficult but there was little hitch, with only once my dad’s second drink order for coke being forgotten
  • Attention to detail – serving in chilled glasses, giving a fresh set of cutlery, warmed plates and a napkin between courses, they really go that extra step to give great customer service
  • An Italian restaurant with atmosphere – awesome Godfather paintings, Italian den vibe, they are not going for full on grandeur, they are getting into the awesome nitty-gritty of Italy
  • I loved the way they served – one entree at a time, mains together, they knew immediately when to bring because of their efficiency – I will say though that the tables may have been a little too small for four

Rating: 9/10

Booking: VERY recommended (online – this link)

Address & Contact Details:

Website: http://www.crinitis.com.au/

Menu:

Address:

6-14 Castle Street
Castle Hill
NSW 2154

Criniti's Castle Hill on Urbanspoon

Go and visit now, fresh warm plates are waiting… ;)

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Moving far, far away from Italian food since I have eaten enough for at least a week :P, I had a thank you to give out. You see, there is a lady at my dad’s work who has one of the biggest smiles ever. You can call her Lady A.

Although everyone my dad works with is fantastic, Lady A seems to have a soft spot for us foodies so whenever someone brings something delicious to share with the crew there, she always packs one or two to send home to me. Awwwwwwwww! :)

She had a thank you long coming so I decided this weekend, with my spare hour, to whip her up some brownies because she is more than deserving of them! No, not just usual brownies, the real brownies. The all cocoa, fudgy pieces of absolute heaven!

My brownies. The best brownies. For her :)

Last time I made them, I stuffed them up with Oreos, and didn’t properly give you my adapted recipe. I got the original from Masterchef and changed it around to my liking. The recipe is gone from the website so luckily I saved it!

I did not have any Oreos in stock *oops* so I stuffed them with leftover M&Ms, marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate chips. Call them the Leftovers Best Brownies.

I promise you, look at how fudgy they are – nothing could possibly taste better, and Lady A deserves only the best :D

Leftover Candy Version Of The Best Brownies

Makes: 24 pieces (depending on the size cut)

Ingredients:

  • 250g butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder, sifted
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup marshmallows, mini or roughly cut

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease and line 2x 20cm baking tins
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter until starts to brown and smell a little nutty, add in sugars and stir over heat for a minute until combined then remove off heat – let cool for 10 minutes
  3. Stir in cocoa powder till mixed through
  4. One by one, beat in eggs until well combined each time. Make sure there is a gooey consistency
  5. Beat in the vanilla essence and golden syrup
  6. Stir in the flour, baking powder until a thick batter is formed *refrain from eating*
  7. Stir through the mix-ins *REFRAIN FROM EATING*
  8. Pour equal amounts of the batter into the tins and smooth the surface – bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out with gooey crumbs (I undercooked mine a little too much so I got the best brownies ever, maybe 25 minutes :P – but they were a little over gooey so go for the 30-35 mark)

    The marshmallow floated to the top, making it have s’more style tendencies :D

  9. Leave to cool until room temperature and then refrigerate, covered loosely by baking paper. Cut and store in an airtight container in fridge
  10. DO NOT REFRAIN FROM EATING

Have a wonderful week mes amis!

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 26, 2013, 3:49 am

I SO want to go to Crinitis right this minute. When I saw those brownies at the end I cracked up. Was there anything else you could have added? Are you sure you’re not a secret American?? :)

petit4chocolatier October 10, 2012, 10:01 am

Everything looks so delicious! I would love to be there! The dessert – triple yummy!!!

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 15, 2012, 4:53 am

Oh.. you were so lucky to be able to sample so many dishes at this restaurant!! Unbelievable.. and I love your brownie with the pretty, colorful marshmallows!! Adorable!! xx Smidge

Cakelaw July 31, 2012, 12:45 pm

Those are fab looking brownies. I am not sure that I would ever have any leftover candy to put in them! As for the restuarant, give me one of each dessert – they sound amazing.

Nami | Just One Cookbook July 29, 2012, 10:32 pm

About to have dinner soon, and totally make me want to eat pizzas and pasta – comfort food! We already booked for a Japanese tonite. I love when you go out to review restaurants…delicious overload. Heheee.

Katerina July 29, 2012, 5:14 pm

I love, love pizza! You had me with these delicious pizzas. The brownie looks awesome too!

Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious July 29, 2012, 12:47 am

What a spread, glad you enjoyed your meal and company. Here is my FB link, and let me know when you have yours up (I couldn’t find it): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blissfully-Delicious

Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric July 29, 2012, 12:21 am

WOW!!! I would love to go and indulge there! Yes, dough overload but would be cool for an indulgence day!

Reeni (@Reeni_Spice) July 29, 2012, 12:16 am

What a sweet lady to send home treats for you! I bet she loved your delectable brownies! And everything is so mouth-watering delicious! I’m badly craving pizza right now. And nutella!

GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) July 28, 2012, 9:39 pm

What a great story!!! All the food looked fantastic!
I think I would have enjoyed absolutely everything that was served!

I loved your brothers limited critique ” it was awesome” that is all I ever get from Mr Gg!

Your brownie recipe looks amazing too!

Tisa July 28, 2012, 7:20 pm

Scrolling down to leave a comment takes me a good 10 minutes, Ms. Popularity. You are quite the reviewer, loved it- all of your reviews make me want to pack my bags and come there, just to eat! Insane brownie recipe, the M&M addition is super yum, as if it needs any more yum to it ;-) Good job my friend, I see the FB plugin- congrats- will like ✓

elena-sweetlife July 28, 2012, 6:12 pm

Loved this post about italian food! The pizza looks really good but the avocado in your father’s pasta is definitively not from Rome :)
and I laughed at the name of your brother’s pizza: “cornuto” literally means someone horned!!!!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:50 pm

LOL that is crazy – I am so telling my brother that :P

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Kate July 28, 2012, 4:14 pm

Looks amazing! Love the photos. Just delicious.

lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) July 28, 2012, 3:56 pm

I love, love Italian food. This looks like such a fun evening full of great food. And, all those desserts look great!

Sawsan@ Chef in disguise July 28, 2012, 9:58 am

Another wonderful review, I loved everything but it is the decoration of the tiramisu that really caught my eye..simple but very very elegant.
As for the dessert..you are for sure the dessert queen

Sophie33 July 28, 2012, 9:00 am

What a lovely report & that giant filled pizza rocks my tastebuds, my friend! Looks truly appetizing!
What a feast for the eyes!!

I love that special dessert as well: rich, dececadent & full of real calories but sometimes we must indulgeourselves, right???

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! xxx

Kelly @ My love affair with running July 28, 2012, 8:56 am

I am salivating!

That pizza looks SO good.

Wil have to check this place out in the near future :D

libishski July 28, 2012, 6:56 am

Haha manberry!

The pizzas look amazing, and wow, that dessert one has definitely got me interested in coming to this place the next time I’m up :)

Sue {munchkin munchies} July 28, 2012, 4:53 am

That’s quite a spread of yummy food! Lucky you! Also, your brownies look fantastic! I’m sure Lady A was happy to receive them:)

Lisa July 28, 2012, 4:38 am

What a fabulous write-up on what looks to be some amazing Italian food! Great photos too! Now.,..the brownies…OMG! Your loaded brownies are really ‘loaded’, and really amazing!

Marina@ Picnic at Marina July 28, 2012, 3:52 am

Oh, that cappuccino looks so inviting…:) can I have some too?!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:48 pm

Join us for dinner whenever you wish my friend :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Ames July 28, 2012, 3:45 am

Great work, dear! You’ve completely sold this restaurant to me that when I’m next in Sydney I will try and track it down :). Awesome brownie recipe too! xo

TastefullyJulie July 28, 2012, 3:37 am

Ohhhh, that pizza! I NEED IT ;)

Kristina July 27, 2012, 11:13 pm

So jealous of that whole meal! I am in serious need of some Italian food… like right now! Tomato bruschetta is honestly one of my favorite dishes, I just ordered it at the restaurant I went to last weekend :)

yummychunklet July 27, 2012, 8:02 pm

Great review!

Heather July 27, 2012, 5:43 pm

What a beautiful Dinner- the restaurant looks and soundfs amazing, that pizza crust OH MY WORD, I was drooling once I saw that perfection of a crust!

saffronandhoney July 27, 2012, 3:22 pm

How exciting! And those brownies look absolutely chockfull of good stuff. Delicious.

Rhonda July 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

Everything at the restaurant looked amazing, but that vegetable pizza is calling my name! I never have room for dessert but the ones you chose look delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

thelady8home July 27, 2012, 1:58 pm

I’m not very big on Italian, but I love my Pizza. The desserts looks delicious, though I’m sure they are terrible for me.

Love the brownie Uru, they look lovely. I am sure they must be the most delicious thing ever!

spicegirlfla July 27, 2012, 1:31 pm

Fabulous review! I felt like I was dining right there with your family – and I so wish I was! Yum on all dishes! I’m a freak on noticing all the details a restaurant offers, so I definitely got a kick out of reading all you noticed!! Oh and those brownies…bake and share, they will surely make alot of people very happy!!

burlesquebaker July 27, 2012, 11:38 am

Usually I’m the gal distracted by the sweets in photos, but that pizza is making my mouth water!! Yum! (I swear I have pizza cravings at least once a week.) Mmm and your brownies look delightful, as always!

Katherine @ Green Thickies July 27, 2012, 10:11 am

Wow that looks stunning. I love the name Manberry! It looks so refreshing too. I’ll have to tell my husband to visit there as he’s working in Sydney in a couple of months.

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 27, 2012, 8:27 am

The pizza looks HUGE! And delicious. :D I’m totally craving for a pizza now…maybe should scrap my dinner plans for a good pizza. :P

masyoza July 27, 2012, 8:19 am

You know what? I tried to make this brownies 2 times before (finally) successfully pleased my family.
But it is worth the hard work. LOL.
Anyway, thank you for making me look like a professional. :)
you can submit your food photos to Food Photography to make others hungry.
You know it’s fun to make others hungry. Especially when they are so hungry they finally want to create your recipe. :)
It is worth the try. :)
Thanks!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:46 pm

Thanks for trying them my friend, I am glad they worked for you in the end :D
What happened the first time?
Really happy your family enjoyed them and I will definitely be checking out this site, thanks for the tip :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

masyoza July 30, 2012, 7:28 am

my first time? apparently i use too much chocolate, so it’s don’t taste too good :D

i really looking forward for your submission on my Food Photography site ;)

Choc Chip Uru July 30, 2012, 9:12 am

I have submitted one and from now, will be submitting every new post :D
I even added the button!

Cheers
CCU

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 27, 2012, 2:46 am

I love your undercover series! Now I want to go to Crinitis but it’s 1000 miles down there and I can’t make it by dinner time. bugger. The brownie story is really sweet. Your father is very lucky to work with wonderful people.

Inger Wilkerson July 27, 2012, 2:46 am

Looks delicious! Just had dinner and now I’m hungry all over again!

Food Stories July 27, 2012, 2:16 am

My gosh, everything looks amazing at this restaurant. I love the cute table lamp and the table/waiter ratio. The affogato looks so good :)

My Inner Chick July 27, 2012, 1:05 am

i swear, i just had an eyegasm! The bruschetta looks completey OUT OF THIS WORLD. I also WANT/ need the sticky date.

Omggggggggggg, the photos are DElectable.

Just like YOUUuu. xx

Liz July 27, 2012, 12:41 am

Note to self: Do not check Uru’s blog before going to bed! I am totally hungry again…craving garlic crust and your magnificent brownies! You do it to me every time! Such a delicious post :)

Joanne July 26, 2012, 11:22 pm

So much food! I love it! Great drinks. I’d go with your Manberry :) Love the pizza. It gave me a carb craving.

Marta July 26, 2012, 9:56 pm

Great review. All the food looks amazing, especially the sweet treats ;)

Lisa at fLVE July 26, 2012, 7:02 pm

Wonderful review. Got me so hungry for Italian food right now. It’s almost lunch time, so I will have to find something to eat soon. :)

atasteofmadess July 26, 2012, 5:41 pm

I love these posts. All the food on this page…it’s inspiring me to make more delicious food.
And your brownies, my GOODNESS, what a great combination!

Eva Taylor July 26, 2012, 5:04 pm

That restaurant sounds fantastic and not too pricey either. The pizza’s look delicious and the pasta looks very tasty too. I bet you had some great left overs with all that food!

dianeskitchentable July 26, 2012, 4:47 pm

Sounds awesome & that Bruschette looks amazing! Well of it does of course, but I zoomed in on the brushette

Jill | Dulce Dough July 26, 2012, 3:52 pm

The restaurant sounds amazing as do your brownies–love all the yummy things you pack in them!

eliotthecat July 26, 2012, 2:39 pm

I am loving the lamp, the flat bread, the costinis, pizza, pasta, dessert..just about everything about this place!

thekalechronicles July 26, 2012, 2:32 pm

The restaurant photos are beautiful, CCU — that pizza and that bruschetta. I would eat there. And then I’d have the affogato.

Jenny @ BAKE July 26, 2012, 2:13 pm

You’ve made me seriously hungry for Italian now! great review!

Cindy Kerschner July 26, 2012, 1:57 pm

Now I’m hungry for pizza! I’d love to be facebook friends with you! My page is https://www.facebook.com/CindysRecipesAndWritings

Kim @ Treats & Trinkets July 26, 2012, 1:34 pm

Oh, CCU, you make me giggle. I always forget how spoiled I am living in Jersey, with an Italian restaurant on every corner (quite literally in my little farmer’s hamlet of a town). Though not a one has ever had something like a Nutella bomba on the menu, and that makes me quite envious.

I’m also envious of those brownies. Lady A is a lucky woman.

Sandra July 26, 2012, 1:24 pm

Those pictures from the restaurant started some serious cravings as well as those brownies. Lady A is a lucky lady.

thoughtsappear July 26, 2012, 1:07 pm

I’ve never thought about putting in marshmallows. Yum!

Also, I forgot to include this last time: http://www.facebook.com/thoughtsy.appear

Karen July 26, 2012, 12:22 pm

I can see why the restaurant is popular. The food looks great just like your brownies.

Barbara July 26, 2012, 12:15 pm

My oh my that pizza looks delicious!
And so do your decadent bars!

Ridwan July 26, 2012, 11:53 am

Everything looks delicious,sound like a great place to eat out Yum..YUm :)

Beth July 26, 2012, 10:57 am

Your restaurant meal looks great and so do your brownies!

Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 26, 2012, 9:15 am

CCU.. I am feeling a sense of jealousy in me right now.. Your post has made me crave for almost everything you talked about ..OH!!! nooo.. ok, it’s decision making time for me. Should I be coming over to Syd or Melby? Hmm.. it’s almost a yearly affair for me.. LOL.. So if I do pop over, we are so going out to eat ;P

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:43 pm

Haha choose Sydney my friend, I promise you one week of every night eating out at the best :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 26, 2012, 8:10 am

Uru, I have a strong hankering for pizza now! :P I’ve never been to Criniti’s though. Those brownies look so fudgy and what a nice lady always making sure that you get some! :)

machisan July 26, 2012, 7:44 am

i would love to go there and have the delicious pizza. yummy! nice shot!

Starr July 26, 2012, 5:44 am

Your meal out looked amazing (I’d love to see restaurants around here serve that Pizzette Crosta)… Your brownies, however, are just drop dead gorgeous! So much gooey deliciousness :-)

Kim Bee July 26, 2012, 4:47 am

I desperately want to come out for dinner with you.

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:41 pm

Haha come visit Australia and I promise to take you to all the greats :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Bam's Kitchen July 26, 2012, 4:11 am

So many yummy things here. Desserts however are on my top list. So tell me more about that date dessert. Was it molten? Your dessert that you made with the chewy marshmallows looks really chewy gooey and delish! Take Care, BAM

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:42 pm

You bet they should be my friend :D
The date pudding was soft and not chewy but dense, but not molten because it wasn’t a self saucer. OIt was topped with a butterscotch sauce :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Nic@diningwithastud July 26, 2012, 3:35 am

That affogato is MEGA :D no sleeping for days haha!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:40 pm

We actually watched the new Batman after it so no need to sleep :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 26, 2012, 3:09 am

What a great review and it seems like you had a wonderful dinner with your family! I LOVE Italian food. But those desserts…..wow….they looked awesome. I would have been torn between the nutella bombe and the tiramisu! But I would have skipped dessert if I could come home to a plate of your brownies! Can we say fudgy?!!!!

thissweetwife July 26, 2012, 2:07 am

How I wish I didn’t have to board a plane to have that veggie pizza! AND those amazing desserts! Wow! Everything looks divine!

Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings July 26, 2012, 1:51 am

I just made brownies myself last night! They didn’t look half as good as this one, though!

What a nice Italian restaurant! 9/10 – that’s a pretty high score!

Carolyn Chan July 26, 2012, 1:45 am

That pizza looked AMAZING ! I had this desire for pizza while I was reading it … then saw your rocky road brownie !!

girlinafoodfrenzy July 26, 2012, 1:29 am

V tasty Italian fare and dare I say it, carb heaven! I’m in love with all things generally pizza do yes, the garlic crust through to the nutella bomb all apealled to me!

How lovely that Lady A packs a few extra sweet treats for you and equally wonderful that you sent her a batch of candy brownies. I had a definite sugar rush when I saw those ;)

Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog) July 26, 2012, 1:00 am

oooh, I would love to have that meal prepared for me -looks great!

Balvinder July 26, 2012, 12:54 am

What I love about Italian food is that with few ingredients they make amazing dishes. Look at the pizza, just few toppings and it tastes so good. I especially like the brick oven baked, Margarita Pizza. This is not gluten free but I give myself a treat once a year.
Your leftover candy version of brownies is pure delight.

Sammie July 26, 2012, 12:11 am

oh yummy.. I’m a huge fan of Italian cuisine as well but this is just AMAZING!! Is there a huge Italian community in Sydney? hehe.. The Tiramisu looks so delicious. I love spongey Tiramisu!!! Also pizza looks so cheesy and yummy. Great choices Uru!! And I’ll be looking out for Urvashi!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:38 pm

Do that my friend :D – I will be posting up my link soon :)
Even though this is not part of it, there is a HUGE Italian restaurants square in Sydney and I love it so much :)
I learnt about it school, we had a huge wave of italian immigration at one point :P

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Gabby @ the veggie nook July 26, 2012, 12:06 am

Wow, now I want a gigantic bowl of pasta! And maybe a brownie or two… ;)

apuginthekitchen July 25, 2012, 11:33 pm

Ok now I am really hungry, my salad just didn’t do it tonight, beautiful photo’s of incredible looking food. That affogato makes me drool.

Emily @ Life on Food July 25, 2012, 11:19 pm

I would die for that affagato. I actually had one Saturday night and it didn’t look anywhere near as good at that one.

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} July 25, 2012, 9:28 pm

First of all yay for Facebook pageness coming soon. Get on it lady. I’m not sure if you’re on my page but it’s here: http://www.facebook.com/sweet2eatbaking :)

The italian restaurant looks amazing. The man berry mocktail looks so yummy as does the garlic bread but my heart lies with desserts LOL as to which looks amazing too, hehe.

And those leftover best brownies? OH.MY.GOSH. I love the addition of the marshmallows, peanuts and M&M’s, looks to die for! Loving the melted marshmallows after baking too. I want a bite!

Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 25, 2012, 8:51 pm

oh dear god do those brownies look so deliciously fudgy! i’d love to eat the entire pan!

LinsFood July 25, 2012, 8:50 pm

MANBERRY?! So many places I can go with that but I shall resist the temptation! Everything looks soo good, my favourite is the Affogato! Will hook up on FB!

linguisticsandcake July 25, 2012, 8:41 pm

That Nutella bomb looks amazing, shame I live on the other side of the world…!

Courtney July 25, 2012, 8:16 pm

That brownie recipe is making me drool! (Love finding ways to make use of leftover candy.)

Cucina49 July 25, 2012, 7:03 pm

I am so technologically incompetent that it isn’t even funny–I need to add your blog to my favorites list, and I haven’t even contemplated a Facebook page yet. Now could you please pass me that affogato? It’s one of my favorite Italian desserts.

sprint2thetable July 25, 2012, 7:03 pm

that restaurant sounds lovely! I love a good char on my pizza… and I’m with you on the dessert choice. That nutella creation looks amazing!!! Should I watch for a recreation of it on the blog? Please? :)

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:36 pm

Hmmm, a recreation of that should be acceptable ;)
Sounds like a plan :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook July 25, 2012, 6:54 pm

WOW, that restaurant sounds fantastic! I love wood-fired pizza.What a delicious feast, I wouldn’t be able to choose, but I definitely would have ordered your dessert! Your brownies look deliciously decadent!

Jaime July 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

So many lovely, mouth-watering dishes!! Just reading your posts ups my calorie intake…lol!!! Great post, as always x

A_Boleyn July 25, 2012, 6:08 pm

An amazing meal for the whole family. And how sweet of you to make brownies for your dad’s kind office friend. They look so rich and fudgy and delicious and fattening. :)

kitchenriffs July 25, 2012, 5:59 pm

How can you not have Oreos in stock?!!!! ;-) M&Ms are a pretty good substitute. Fun review and post – thanks.

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:35 pm

Truly I question myself :P
Thank you so much!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Hannah (BitterSweet) July 25, 2012, 5:06 pm

Mm, you had me sold at the appetizers! Any place with a hummus and bread plate like that will gladly get my business. :)

The Squishy Monster July 25, 2012, 5:04 pm

I think I gained about 15 lbs staring and drooling at that brownie! LOL

bitsandbreadcrumbs July 25, 2012, 4:53 pm

I want to eat everything in this post…it’s as simple as that! :)

Suzie July 25, 2012, 4:33 pm

All the food at the restaurant looked terrific but, once again I’ll have what your brother’s having :) I love pizza! How nice of you to make brownies for Lady A!

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:33 pm

You and my brother would get on food wise like a house on fire :D
Thank you :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Colette July 25, 2012, 4:19 pm

M&Ms in a brownie? Holy cow, these look tasty!

Tandy July 25, 2012, 3:55 pm

Fantastic review, sounds just like Italy :)

Cakewhiz July 25, 2012, 3:11 pm

Gosh! All the food is making my mouth water… I am totally digging that mango drink and bruchetta. I have a thing for bruchetta too…lol. And your dessert choice was a perfect way to end this mighty delicious meal :)

Btw, i will be emiling you in a little bit :P

cookingactress July 25, 2012, 3:09 pm

As an Italian—I approve, greatly. That place looks FAB!

navane64 July 25, 2012, 3:00 pm

Wow, quite a spread of food and maybe I am not in for the pizza but the rest are simply divine. Glad to hear your are done with the fb page.

mybeautfulthings July 25, 2012, 2:19 pm

Absolutely fabulous! From your enteri g the restaurant to the offering of the brownies, this was a sumptuous post!
I tried to find you on Tacebook but was unsuccessful. I’m just Sally Smith on there!
Continue enjoying your holidays and your delicious meals out with your family :)

Geni - Sweet and Crumby July 25, 2012, 2:19 pm

I WANT TO EAT THERE!!! Looks so amazing! Your brownies are totally nuts and totally wonderful looking.

Jen @JuanitasCocina July 25, 2012, 2:04 pm

Feel free to send me these brownines anytime!!! :D

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:32 pm

Haha I will keep that in mind – when did you say your birthday was? ;)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Jennifer Eloff July 25, 2012, 1:08 pm

LOL Uru – you got me on that one! ;) The brownies look and sound like a confection. The sticky date pudding sounds amazing! What a “naughty” but nice restaurant.

Jennie July 25, 2012, 12:42 pm

Uru, this place sounds fantastic. It looks like you guys had a delicious meal. And the brownies. Oh my, do the brownies look amazing.

Dana July 25, 2012, 12:27 pm

ALL looks delicious, but I got stuck when you said NUTELLA, that one looked the best! :-)

Dabbit July 25, 2012, 12:13 pm

I just loved the desert you chose with nutella, yummy…

Joanne July 25, 2012, 12:05 pm

SOunds like you and the family had an awesome Italian-food-infused night out! Good stuff. I want pizza AND that tiramisu now!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen July 25, 2012, 11:38 am

I´m done with the garlic pizza bread and the affogato! Fantastic.
Another great brownie from you, a slimmed down version I see… man, you´re fattening us up for the holidays… lol

Choc Chip Uru July 28, 2012, 11:29 pm

Haha thanks my friend :D
And how did you know ;)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

amy donovan (@amy_donovan) July 25, 2012, 11:26 am

oh wow, that entire meal looks so delicious! I could go for one of those mocktails right now – looks wonderful!

livinglearningeating July 25, 2012, 11:07 am

Oh my gosh, those brownies! Brownies are, by far, one of my favorite baked goods :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes July 25, 2012, 11:04 am

I would definitely go for the mocktail! The pizza looks great, but your leftover brownies are the BEST!

Ramona July 25, 2012, 10:59 am

Another fabulous restaurant!!! I love the rustic pizzas. Hope you had fun getting your FB page set up. I’m so sad that we only have a few days left with Foodbuzz… I’m going to miss how it was over there. :( I’m linked onto your blog… so I’ll still be able to get your wonderful recipes and ccu undercovers. :)

eat sweet. by carla sue July 25, 2012, 10:41 am

I love the idea of CCU ‘Undercover’! Sounds so sneaky ;) Hehe. And those brownies look delicious!

Ruth July 25, 2012, 10:40 am

I cannot believe this post! I just ate and I’m hungry again! That was really an amazing outing :-) The brownies look fabulous, can’t wait for your next adventure!

on thehomefrontandbeyond July 25, 2012, 9:54 am

you put so much into your posts – and it is appreciated – the food pics have me drooling

Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) July 25, 2012, 9:38 am

Everything looks so good but I think I want to start with the desserts! especially the nutella one! :)

kalamitykelli July 25, 2012, 9:01 am

Always love your posts!! You are a gem!

grace July 25, 2012, 8:56 am

what a feast! you definitely made the right dessert choice–it looks amazing!

Veronica July 25, 2012, 8:51 am

Wow, I’m having a major pizza craving at 4 in the morning here int he US! That veggie pizza looks delish, as does every part of your meal. That was so sweet of you to make Lady A the brownies, I’m sure she was in heaven! Looking forward to your facebook page, it’s not hard to set up. Here’s mine for ya: https://www.facebook.com/veronicascornucopia

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