When Guy Grossi talks about colatura di alici you can hear the excitement in his voice.

“It’s a fish sauce made from alici (European anchovies),” he explains to Broadsheet. “They get salted, put into wooden barrels and there’s a weight put on top of them. It gets left alone for eight to 12 months and then a little hole is drilled into the bottom. What drips out is this lovely sauce called colatura.”

Colatura di alici is one of the traditional ingredients that feature on the menu at Settimo, Grossi’s tribute to the Amalfi Coast.

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The 150-seat restaurant, which opened on the ground floor of The Westin Brisbane on February 23, is Grossi’s first in Brisbane. He’s behind the Garum at The Westin Perth – dedicated to Roman cuisine – and a number of restaurants in Melbourne including Grossi Florentino, a dual-purpose venue with a Tuscan-inspired grill on the ground floor and a fine diner on the top level. There’s a common thread between a lot of Grossi’s venues: he likes to highlight specific regions in Italy.

“I love that Italian cuisine is so broad and varies from [region to region],” he says. “I think specialising in one region gives [the restaurant] a really good character and identity.”

Grossi’s memories of his time in the Amalfi Coast shine through in Settimo’s menu, with traditional Campanian dishes such as gnocchi alla Sorrentina, pasta al limone and scialatielli all’amalfitana. The latter features hand-cut scialatielli pasta (like a shorter, wider and thicker version of tagliatelle) with a mix of seafood and the famous colatura. There’s also a charcoal parilla grill in the kitchen, which will be used to cook locally sourced steaks and an Amalfi lemon chicken with chilli and rosemary.

Wines from the Campania region will be a focus, with varieties like fiano, falanghina, biancolella and aglianico featuring. The wine list also draws from other wine regions in Italy, and favours Australian and New Zealand winemakers putting their own spin on Italian varietals. Also on the menu are Italian-influenced cocktails, a limoncello spritz and a large selection of digestifs.

The space’s vibrant and colourful feel of the Amalfi Coast is courtesy of Mills Gorman Architects. The colours and natural features of the Amalfi Coast are reflected by the pops of blue and yellow, terracotta, and timber touches. It feels fun, rather than pretentious, which is exactly what Grossi was after.

“We’re looking for a sophisticated, but relaxed feel,” he says. “We’re [likening] it to [Italian actress] Sophia Loren – bubbly and elegant, but a little bit cheeky.”

Settimo
The Westin Brisbane, Level One, 111 Mary Street, Brisbane

3557 8826

settimo.com.au
@settimobrisbane

Hours:
Mon: 6:30am – 10:30am
Tue to Fri: 6:30am – 10:30am, 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Sat: 6:30am – 11am, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Sun: 6:30am – 11am