Rosmarino Ristorante & Wine Bar
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. The Northshore Group is reinvigorating the building, transforming the old clothing manufacturers into a boutique hospitality, retail and office hub. The first tenant to open within is Rosmarino, a casual fine-dining ristorante and wine bar operated by a team of hospitality veterans boasting a stellar collective resume. Lauren Smith and Andrea Gatti, the dynamic duo behind the concept, struck out on their own after accomplished stints at James Street landmark Hellenika. The couple has taken on the character-filled space, transforming it into a laid-back but professional eatery 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, offering salumi and cheeses paired with daily baked sourdoughs and focaccia. 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. A 150-strong selection favours biodynamic drops, worldly varieties and a solid array of Andrea’s drop of choice, champagne. Life House Interiors has taken 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. Take note: Rosmarino’s wine bar is open for walk-in guests from 5:00–10:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday through Sunday until 11:00 pm.