Dropping the news via Instagram in March, Neil Perry announced he is bringing one of Melbourne’s top Italians, Rosetta, to Sydney.
A jewel in Melbourne’s Crown Casino, Rosetta Ristorante is one of the city’s most glamorous Italian offerings. The Sydney iteration will be in a three-level building. The ground-floor dining room, which includes a crudo and mozzarella bar, will extend to an outdoor terrace that seats 60 people and has views of the harbour. There is a split-level bar and above is a more secluded mezzanine level.
The restaurant will focus on sustainable seafood. Perry has been teasing a few dishes from the Sydney restaurant on Instagram, including buffalo mozzarella with a radicchio salad; crudo of scampi; and desserts such as cannoli and Torta Di Verona, a tiramisu-like dessert with berries. Cocktails include a Cold Drip Café Americano and slushy Sgroppino.
The Grosvenor Place restaurant will be just as opulent as its big brother, but more casual. Melissa Collison is behind the design. "It has a coastal, glamorous, mid-century vibe," she says. "We have used a lot of marble, terrazzo, emerald green and sapphire-coloured velvet to reflect the ocean. Brass, lots of timber-veneer panelling also features. It will be bright and sunny," she says. Black and white Italian coastal images will decorate the walls.
Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) bought Perry's much-lauded group of restaurants (Rockpool, Spice Temple and Burger Project) in November last year, and opening a Sydney iteration of Rosetta is part of a broader initiative to increase the amount of venues owned by the group to 80 over the next year. It also has its sights set on Europe and America.
Rosetta is opening Tuesday August 15.
Rosetta 118 Harrington Street, Sydney (02) 8099 7089
Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm–3pm, 6pm–11pm Sun 12pm–3pm, 6pm–10pm
Terrace Bar & Mezzanine Bar Daily 12pm–11pm
Article updated August 7.