As 2020 neared its close, some big names in Brisbane hospitality launched an impressive venture in the heart of Fortitude Valley. Stefano di Blasi and Edoardo Perlo of Salt Meats Cheese and Eterna linked up with the crew behind Sydney powerhouse Maybe Sammy to open La Costa Bar and Cielo Rooftop Bar in mid December. These two Italian-inspired locales, both hits from day dot, were the first stage of the group’s multi-venue roll-out at the old Foresters Hall building. They followed up in January 2021 with stage two – laneway wine bar and bottle shop La Valle. Described as the wine cabinet for La Costa, Cielo, Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese, La Valle operates under the mantra “il vino è vivo” (Italian for “wine is life”), showcasing 150 old-world and new-wave wines sourced from Italy, Spain, France, Chile and Australia, as well as beers, ciders, vermouths and batches of pre-made cocktails – all of which will are available to drink on site or purchase to take home. Available alongside La Valle’s range of libations are four kinds of handmade focaccia (proved for 48 hours and stuffed with the likes of sliced mortadella and pecorino, porchetta and smoked-eggplant cream, caprese salad and prosciutto and rocket), backed by a selection of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, tins of baby sardines, anchovies and mussels in escabeche, and marinated olives. La Valle’s Alfred Street space (formerly the home of The Valley Wine Bar) was given a sprucing, with a colourful palette of orange, yellow and green applied to the interior. Music is also central to La Valle’s lively personality – guests can expect a soundtrack of hits from the 80s and 90s to accompany their drinking and dining experience.