Settimo by Guy Grossi
This Amalfi Coast-inspired newcomer is star chef Guy Grossi's first Brisbane restaurant.
March 01, 2023
You've seen Guy Grossi on TV. You might have some of his cookbooks on your shelves. When you've been in Melbourne, perhaps you've hit up Grossi Florentino, Ombra and Arlechin for a bite to eat. Brisbanites, your next way to interact with the star chef and his culinary creations is now here, and involves heading out in the River City — and getting transported to Italy over dinner while you're there.
Meet Settimo, the new restaurant that's just settled into The Westin Brisbane, and Grossi's first in the city. When it was initially announced in 2022, Grossi likened it to Italian film icon Sophia Loren, calling it "really light, fun and breezy". Now, on Mary Street in the Brisbane CBD, diners can enjoy the experience for themselves.
Settimo goes all in on its Italian theme, taking specific inspiration from the Amalfi Coast. That means pairing coastal Italian dishes with Brissie's sunny, summery weather, all in an airy 150-seat space that features light, warm yet muted hues. Designed by Mills Gorman Architects, Settimo nods to the Mediterranean as much as it can — including in split-face stone, terrazzo, custom-designed terracotta, handmade brick and timber touches. Expect pastel blues and lemon yellows, too, and handcrafted furniture galore.
In both the main space and the 20-person custom-designed private dining room that goes heavy on natural light — complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, and views over this part of the CBD — the menu under Head Chef Alessandro Pizzolato serves up everything from breakfast cacio e pepe omelettes through to Amalfi lemon chicken.
Other highlights: pasta dishes such as gnocchi alla sorrentina (with tomato and mozzarella di buffala) and pasta al limone (with lemon, butter and parmigiano), Guy's Papa's Lamb (slow-cooked lamb covered in breadcrumbs and paired with parmigiano and sage) and pepperoni imbottiti (aka stuffed peppers).
There's also a $50 set lunch, plus $120 and $150 set-menu dinner options, if you'd prefer the venue to do the choosing for you. And for dessert, the range includes Settimo's own gelato, Grossi's tiramisu, and flourless chocolate cake with ricotta ice cream.
As for the drinks lineup, it preferences Italian wines, and also Australian winemakers favouring Italian wine varieties.
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