Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane

Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane

Few indicators speak to the strength of Brisbane’s dining scene better than news that a big-name chef is opening a new restaurant in the heart of town. Guy Grossi, an eminent figure in Australia’s epicurean arena, has just announced that he’ll be expanding his restaurant portfolio with Settimo, a landmark eatery plucking inspiration from Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Settimo will open at The Westin Brisbane later this year. Here’s what we know …

Grossi Florentino, Ombra Salumi Bar and Arlechin. Those that keep a finger on the pulse of the national food and drink scene will have seen plaudits piled upon these epicurean establishments. Aside from their considerable pedigree of excellence, all of the above mentioned have one key thing in common – they’re all owned and operated by Guy Grossi. There’s a good chance you’ve heard the name. The Melbourne-born chef and media personality has been a fixture of Australia’s hospitality scene for decades, and his work with Italian cuisine even earned him the l’insegna del ristorante Italiano – an award bestowed upon Guy (by the president of Italy, no less) for his work promoting Italian food and lifestyle. All of this is to say that the news that Guy Grossi will open his first restaurant in Brisbane later this year is a big deal. Guy will continue to plumb the depths of la cucina Italiana with Settimo, a restaurant summoning the sunny splendour of the Amalfi Coast and transporting it to The Westin Brisbane (in the space formerly home to Eden’s Table) on Mary Street later this year.

Settimo will mark the second occasion Guy Grossi has teamed up with The Westin, having opened Roman-inspired osteria Garum at The Westin Perth in 2018. For his Brisbane destination, Guy will celebrate the grandeur of coastal destinations like Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. He’s once again recruited Melbourne’s Mills Gorman Architects (Grossi Florentino, Grossi Florentino Grill and Ombra) to collaborate on and craft the restaurant’s aesthetic, with the team expected to employ a tactile, texture-heavy materiality that pays homage to the Amalfi coastline, its crystal waters and Mediterranean architecture. Split face stone will reference Amalfi’s cliff faces, while Fibonacci stone and terrazzo, and custom-designed terracotta and ceramic tiles, will help evoke colourful seaside terraces. Natural fibres such as flax linen and rattan will also feature alongside splashes of blue and lemon yellow, with plants and flowers adding leafy life to the setting. Settimo will boast an estimated 150 seats spread across several zones, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a garden terrace filled with lemon trees. A private-dining space will seat 18 guests, while a temperature-controlled wine room will also be open for wine tastings. The menu is still a work in progress, but we’ve been told that Guy and his team will look to showcase the best local and imported produce (expect a rich abundance of seafood) across the menu, while also respecting traditions, culture and provenance to create a near-authentic Amalfi experience. Some other expected elements will include a roaming old-school gelato cart serving scoops of silky dessert, an aperitivo trolley dispensing signature aperitifs and a limoncello spritz headlining Settimo’s beverage menu.

Settimo is currently recruiting for a number of positions ahead of its opening, which is projected for spring or summer this year. Stay tuned for more info!

Image: Jackson Grant

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