La Locanda

(n) ita. Inn, pub, watering hole or such like establishment to quench ones thirst and satisfy ones appetite.

Step inside and feel Italy. A bright and airy space dedicated and designed to maximise your wine tasting and gastronomic experience. “La Locanda” is a breath of fresh air. The perfect place to enjoy freshly shucked Te Matuku bay oysters accompanied by a glass of Poderi Crisci Arneis.

“Locanda” is the name given to a traditional Italian roadside inn. Offering the traveller or explorer a chance to quench their thirst, satisfy their appetite and relax from the world for a while.

La Locanda Hours 


La Locanda, Poderi Crisci, Waiheke.


“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw


Wine tasting flights. Four wines, $20pp, Six Wines, 25pp

Served with Poderi Crisci olive oil and fresh bread.


Te Matuku Bay Oysters. Shucked fresh to order. ½ Dozen -$35 1 Dozen – $60


Le Bruschette $12 (2pc)

Bruschetta Napolitana – Cherry tomato, garlic and fresh basil

Bruschetta Pugliese – Sicilian Anchovy with stracciatella and cremolata

Bruschetta Cappriccio – Mortadella and stracciatella

Bruschetta di Pesce – Salsa verde and marinated terakihi

Friggatoria$12 (2pc)

Crocchette – Potato croquettes with Salami and provola cheese, Cipriani mayonnaise

Arancini – Lightly fried Aborio rice pyramids, with green peas and beef ragu

Calzoncelli – Mini fried Calzone with Ricotta and Salami

Pizza Fritta – Fried pizza with cherry tomato and aged parmesan


Contorni $12/26   Selection of antipasti style garden vegetables, prepared fresh daily.

Zucca alla Griglia – Chargrilled garden pumpkin brushed with olive oil, garlic and oregano

Brocolleti – Braised broccoli tips with Sultanas, pine nuts and bread crumbs

Zucchini Ripieni – Zucchini boat with whipped ricotta, mint, thyme and gratinated parmesan


Tastes of Italy

Stracciatella e pomodorini: “Il Casaro” whipped creamy organic mozzarella with garden tomatoes, basil, garlic and Poderi Crisci extra virgin olive oil                                                                                      $28.5

Polpette alla Napolitana: Napolitan style Meatball with sultanas and pine nuts, napolitana tomato       sauce, served with a garlic bruschetta                                                                                                          $28.5

Parmigiana di Melenzane – Eggplant tart layered with tomato, basil and mozzarella.                $24.5


Sharing Platters

Affettato: Traditional Italian selection of cured meats, cheese, olives, grissini and truffle paste. $32.5

Assaggini di Formaggi: Selection of finest imported Italian cheeses and condiments.                     $36


A wide range of non alcoholic beverages and Italian coffee is available.

Enjoy Poderi Crisci Wine at La Locanda or to take home!


Summer 2023/24 Hours!


As we look forward to summer we also look forward to welcoming our regular guests and new faces to Waiheke and Poderi Crisci.

Our updates hours for summer 2023/24 as well as some special new offerings are below.

Monday, Thursday and Friday Lunch service we offer both a la carte and long lunch menu options to groups of 5 or less diners. Groups of 6 or more enjoy our long lunch menu or sharing menu options.

La Locanda will be open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 12 midday until 3.30pm offering a specialised A la Carte menu, sharing platters, wines and tastings.

Friday evenings we invite you to join us for our weekly Aperitivo event. Enjoy a drink to ease into the weekend with and indulge in a complimentary selection of canapes and nibbles. Restaurant open for A la Carte dinner service.

Saturday and Sunday we serve our acclaimed long lunch in the main restaurant, with the Locanda open for lighter meals and tasting platters.

Saturday evenings in the resaurant we serve our 8 course degustation menu which can also be enjoyed with matching wines from the Poderi Crisci range.

We will be hosting a series of exciting events over the summer months. Please get in touch should you wish to Keep Informed.

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