Frank Criniti, the brainchild behind the success that is Criniti’s today, was born to humble immigrant parents that landed on Sydney shores by boat in the early 60’s.
Frank grew up eating traditional Italian food prepared by his Mamma Rosa and the ingredients were mainly dictated by the vegetables growing in his dad’s garden, his pride and joy, of which he dedicated so much time cultivating. An excess of tomatoes meant there was always plenty of sugo for the napolitana sauce prepared daily. His earliest childhood memories include the smell of simmering garlic, olive oil and fresh tomatoes being cooked in a saucepan. Not to mention the annual backyard rituals of making tomato sauce, salamis and home-made vino - rituals still practiced today by the Criniti family.
Food preparation and preservation is central to the Criniti way of life and is where his dreams to establish a traditional Italian eatery affording people the opportunity to experience authentic Southern Italian food in a restaurant environment stems from.
One of the most enduring lessons learnt through his vision is that food and eating is an experience. Like most Italians, Calabrians live to eat. The experience of sharing food with family and friends is one that is very sacred and should be cherished and remembered and is why at Criniti’s we say...when you’re here, you’re family...salute!
“L’ospitalita’ del sud e la genuinita’ della sua cucina sono, per noi ristoratori, ancora sacre...” Frank Criniti