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Rosetta brings sophisticated Italian dining experience to Sydney

August 9, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

Rockpool Dining Group’s Rosetta Ristorante will radiate Italian coastal elegance and deliver a sophisticated dining and bar experience over three levels and a panoramic outdoor terrace when it opens for dinner on Tuesday, 15 August.

Rosetta Sydney has a delightful seafood riff that sets it apart from its award-winning Melbourne sister. An easy-going gracefulness spans a curvaceous ground floor dining room with a sweeping terrace and bar that overlook the city with views to the harbour. Stairs lead to a split-level bar, then on to a sensuous mezzanine dining room creating multi-functional spaces for business meetings, celebrations, after-work drinks and exclusive events.

The menu charts an adventurous seafood course through crudo, antipasti, pizzette, pasta and secondi, showcasing produce from sustainable suppliers and farmers, including Marine Stewardship Certified yellowfin tuna landed in Mooloolaba, and King George Whiting, John Dory and squid from Corner Inlet, Victoria.

Beautiful milk-fed veal from southern NSW is the hero meat component, punctuating the menu in dishes such as vitello tonnato, veal tartare, osso bucco and cotoletta.

Contorni such as Sicilian caponata and baby carrots with stracciatella embody the group’s philosophy of selecting the finest produce and handling it in a simple and respectful manner. A heavenly collection of house-made dolci, including cassata, cannoli, panna cotta and Torta di Verona, is flirtatiously Italian in every way. True to Rosetta’s Italian roots, bread and pasta are made in-house every day.

Rosetta is located in the stunning Harry Seidler designed Grosvenor Place at the northern end of the CBD. Interior design and styling by Melissa Collison plays on the restaurant’s graceful contours, with a curved wall of floor-to-roof windows filling the restaurant with natural light and enhancing an Amalfi Coast inspired palette of emerald green and sapphire blue. Black and white Italian coastal images adorn the walls

Striking details are plentiful, including a mixed-metallic, geometric-finished feature wall; white terrazzo bar and walls of sparkling Italian, mother of pearl, mosaic tiles interspersed with emerald-green mosaic.

The ground floor accommodates 90 diners and overlooks a large, open kitchen with a crudo and mozzarella bar where guests can take in Rosetta’s gastronomic theatre. A kitchen window also exposes the restaurant’s culinary heart to the corner of Harrington and Essex Streets where passers-by can watch craftsmanship in play.

Ground floor dining extends outside to a beautiful terrace bar, which caters to 60 guests and is perfect for relaxed, long, lazy lunches and after-work soirees. An internal staircase leads to a bar which accommodates around 28 guests, then onwards again to a mezzanine dining space for around 50 diners that flaunts a sultry, more sensuous vibe and a palette of smoky greys and chocolate hues.

Playful aperitivo cocktails, such as the Cold Drip Café Americano and slushy Sgroppino, usher in a drinks menu that oozes la dolce vita. Bellinis are a centrepiece, rotating seasonally with different fresh fruit blends. The drinks list also includes  aperitivos, digestivos, a bitters section with five variations of Negroni, classic Italian and local beers, over 30 gins and an extensive collections of whisky (and whiskey), grappa, brandies and rum.

Rosetta’s wine list is an exploration of the regions of Italy showcasing the classics and some of the more diverse. Home grown Italian varietals feature throughout with many local favourites rounding out the selection.

Rockpool Dining Group Culinary and Brands Director Neil Perry AM said Rosetta Sydney would bring sophisticated Italian dining that showcased some of Australia’s finest ingredients to the northern end of the city.

“The seafood and produce we’re sourcing is second to none, the freshness and flavours will speak for themselves and we’ll tease out those stunning characteristics with a simple Italian touch,” Mr Perry said.

Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said it was immensely satisfying to bring a unique version of Melbourne’s much-loved Rosetta Ristorante to Sydney diners.

“Rosetta Sydney will be equally charismatic in her own unique way and we’re thrilled to be expanding such an exceptional restaurant name that has built a loyal following in Melbourne,” Mr Pash said. “Rosetta is certainly a desirable addition to the Sydney dining scene.”

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