Melbourne’s much-loved Rosetta are finally bringing fine Italian dining to Grosvenor Place in Sydney. Spanning three levels including an outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour, the entire place oozes Positano vibes all thanks to the coastal decor, mosaic tiles, and a colour palette of sparkling emerald green and sapphire blue hues.
You’ll enter through the ground floor dining room and first stop is the mozzarella bar. Once you’ve sufficiently stuffed yourself, then head up the spiral staircase to the mezzanine dining room or terrace bar for some after work bevvies. The drinks menu features signature aperitivo cocktails, along with seasonal fruit bellinis, the classic (and always delish) Negroni, traditional grappa and a selection of local beers. The wine list is filled with home grown Italian varieties, which makes sense given Rosetta’s Italian roots.
The real focus here though is on the next-level food menu—all produce sourced from sustainable local suppliers. The menu heroes seafood throughout all courses—from antipasti to primi. And while we’ve got our eye on the classic pizzas and pastas, made in-house daily, we’ll also be ordering one of the milk-fed veal dishes. Cool down with the vitello tonnato (sliced veal served cold and covered with a creamy mayonnaise-esque tuna-flavoured sauce), or warm up with the osso bucco (braised veal shanks with vegetables, gremolata and a white wine broth).
If you need some greens with your mains (#health), grab the Sicilian caponata—a cooked veggie salad with fried eggplant, celery and capers bathed in a sweet and sour sauce.
Moving on to dolce, you can’t go past the house-made traditional cannoli or the Torta di Verona, a glorious tiramisu-esque creation with mascarpone cream, crunchy sugared almonds, and blueberry compote. Our bodies are ready.
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