After being mothballed for 18 months, the Print Hall Dining Room is reopening as Gazette, a modern Italian restaurant taking its cues from Old Country food and food traditions.
“Italians always find the time to eat properly,” says Sebastian Lepoittevin, general manager of Print Hall. “Gazette is about that Italian way of life: sharing good food, wine and conversation over a long lunch or dinner.”
Whereas Print Hall’s sleek showpiece unashamedly pitched and priced itself as a fine dining restaurant, Gazette has been designed as a more casual prospect. Couples and smaller groups can set up camp in various booths while a longer table will be used for larger all-ins. A “feed me” option will be offered alongside a la carte dining. The restaurant’s name is a nod to the site’s past life as home of the Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal, a newspaper that published its first edition in 1833.
A Josper charcoal oven sits at the heart and hearth of kitchen and will be used to prepare local cuttlefish, veal and octopus, among other things. Hand-made pasta and pizza will, naturally, also be offered. Overseeing the food side of things is Giles Bailey, a former Cantina 663 alumnus whose CV also includes time at Pinctada Cable Beach. Projects of Imagination – the Melbourne-based design group that oversaw the original Print Hall build – is in charge of the makeover.
Gazette opens on Friday September 1.