Sasso Italiano – Opening Soon
As the buildings that make up Woolloongabba’s living, dining and lifestyle hub South City Square inch closer to completion, drops of news pertaining to its culinary offering are starting to trickle outward. Launching at the precinct in the coming months is Sasso Italiano, a flashy 110-seat bar and neighbourhood trattoria from hospitality crew FnB Collective. Vincent Lombino and Jared Thibault are the brains behind the operation, which will boast an up-tempo, sassy and fiery spirit as well as an interior aesthetic designed by Collectivus inspired by 70s disco. Head chef Ian Curley will be overseeing Sasso’s open-plan kitchen, which will be equipped with a Marana Forni woodfired oven (with a deck wrought from Mount Vesuvius lava stone), charcuterie hangers and a top-notch grill – all of which will be put to good use producing dishes like taglioni al nero with cuttlefish, chilli and shaved bottarga, sizzling bistecca alla Fiorentina, creamy burrata with nettle oil, sliced artichokes and pine nuts, dry-aged hanger steak fritti with Italian potato, marrow butter and breadcrumbs, and an assortment of saucy pizzas. Jared is curating Sasso’s drinks menu, which will feature beers, organic and biodynamic wines, table wines available by the carafe, plus a range of aged spirits, vintage vermouths and Campari used to make a specialised negroni based on your birth year. Sasso will boast indoor and outdoor seating (its external spaces will be dog friendly), with a vibe to suit intimate rendezvous, animated group dinners, family-friendly outings and laid-back lunches. FnB Collective also has more in store for South City Square – keep your ears pricked for more!