Rosmarino Ristorante & Wine Bar – Opening Soon
Those of you who regularly cross the Story Bridge into Fortitude Valley will have noticed some restoration works underway on the Stewart & Hemmant Merchants building – the one that’s perched on the corner of McLachlan and Marshall Streets. Northshore Group is currently in the process of reinvigorating the building, transforming the old clothing manufacturers into a boutique hospitality, retail and office hub. The first tenant opening within is Rosmarino Ristorante & Wine Bar, a casual fine-dining restaurant operated by a team of hospitality veterans boasting a stellar collective resume. Lauren Smith and Andrea Gatti, the dynamic duo behind the concept, are striking out on their own after accomplished stints at James Street landmark Hellenika, where they worked as floor manager and head sommelier, respectively. The couple is taking on the character-filled space with the aim of creating a laid-back but attentive dining experience with Italian cuisine at its core. Dario Manca (ex-Pilu at Freshwater and ZA ZA TA) has come on board as head chef, drawing upon his own Italian heritage and culinary obsessions to create a punchy and fun menu that harmonises authentic flavours and modern twists. Dario is bringing his fixation with bread making (his Instagram is full of carby experimentation) to the kitchen, so expect freshly sliced salumi and cheeses paired with daily baked sourdoughs and focaccia. While the menu is still in its conceptual phase, Dario has confirmed that fresh pasta will be a fixture, with culurigiones (Sardinian-style filled ravioli) a specialty. Andrea, who has also plied his trade across Michelin-starred restaurants abroad, is relishing the chance to craft a wine list from scratch. Upon launch the team is expecting to have a 200-strong selection at its disposal (with intentions to grow it to roughly 800 options) favouring biodynamic drops, worldly varieties and a solid array of Andrea’s drop of choice, champagne. Life House Interiors will be taking the lead on Rosmarino’s interior look, leaning into the venue’s existing natural feel with a palette of materials that complements the heritage elements. Rosmarino is targeting a June 2021 opening – we’ll have more details as they arise.