Bel & Brio launch their unique shopping and dining concept in Barangaroo

Bel & Brio launched their 800 square metre European style emporium at one of The Street’s of Barangaroo’s premier sites on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

The venue, which is open from breakfast to late into the evening, offers Sydney-siders great quality dining, wine, takeaway and shopping to suit their needs.

Bel & Brio has a strong team working across food and drink including: executive chefs Andrea Assenza, a Sicilian-born chef with extensive experience in creating accessible European menus in restaurants in Europe and Asia; Vanessa Martin, formerly head chef and owner of hatted Italian Il Piave; Jon Osbeiston, one of Australia’s most respected wine experts and wine retailers who ran Australia’s independent wine retailer Ultimo Wine Centre; mixologist James Snelgrove, who has spent 12 years working in bars including Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Ms G and Button; and coffee experts Alessandro and Gianni Panetta who ran Baker Bros coffee in the Sydney CBD.

This team put together a canapé menu for the launch which included: confit tomato and basil crostini; seared yellow fin tuna and mango salsa; crispy calamari with paprika mayo; and pork belly with caramelized onions. For dessert they served mini cream puff in three different flavours and a selection of mini cannoli.

There also had two generous stations filled with homemade bread, a selection of cheeses, along with different kinds of olives, mustards, jams, truffle honey, and a selection of cold meats freshly sliced.

For drinks, they served Moorooduc Estate Devil Bent Creek Pinot Noir 2015; Quealy Pinot Gris 2015; N/V Bottega Prosecco DOC; Bel & Brio Negroni (gin, Amaro Montengro and Campari); and Parsley Sage Champagne Spritz (vodka, malic, cold pressed apple, parsley and sage).

Bel & Brio has five different areas that provide dining, drinks, groceries, coffee and wine including:

Bar & Dining– is open for lunch and dinner. The dining area offers authentic European share plate meals. The bar area has an extensive wine list of 400 wines, 20 wines by the glass and a classic cocktail list. The Bar & Dining space and laneway seating accommodates 240 guests and there is a mezzanine private dining and events space seating up to 20 guests that will open in October.

Cellar– is an extensive wine store featuring 2000 wines, making it one of the largest independent stores in the city. It focuses on Italian, French and Australian wines, from both iconic and new wave wineries.

Eatery– is designed for the busy city worker, and offers fresh take-away meals that are prepared daily. The menu includes rotisserie meats, paninis, traditional pizza al taglio, homemade pastas, and daily chef specials.

Marketplace– is a well-stocked grocery with everyday pantry staples, household essentials, fresh produce, specialty products and flowers. The Marketplace features some fresh produce from the Bel & Brio Farm and home kitchen including pasture raised eggs, freshly baked bread, cold pressed juices and homemade ready meals.

Coffee & Co– is open for breakfast and throughout the day, serving beans roasted by Will & Co as well as an extensive pastry section with high quality Italian style pastries made daily by Bel & Brio at their Lane Cove home kitchen. There is also a full breakfast menu available from 7am.


Bel & Brio

300 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney NSW 2000

T: +61 2 9299 9107

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The Sydney Italian Festival launches in Sydney

The Italian Trade Agency launched the Sydney Italian Festival at Doltone House, Pyrmont on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

There were a number of Italian food and drink stations at the event including: pasta from Barilla pasta; Moretti beer served with pizza from Versace Pizzeria; a cheese, prosciutto and olives table; hazelnut gelato, and coffee and lemon granite from Cremeria De Luca; coffee from Lavazza; Ferrero Roches from Ferrero; prosecco and Aperol Spritz served by Casa Italia; and Italian Wines served by il Mercante.

Channel Seven Morning Show stylist, Donny Galella, was one of the special guests of the event and he also judged the best Italian style competition with the prize sponsor being Karisma.

Speeches for the night included: the first speech by Master of Ceremony Janette Lakis; a welcome by Italian Trade Commissioner Antonietta Baccanari; a speech by His Excellency Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo; and the final speech by Peter Redford from Five Star Motor Cruisers.

The surprise of the night was the view of a stunning yacht, the Flybridge 70, which was parked outside Doltone House and represented Italian design and technology.

Guests also enjoyed the “Escape to Italy” photobooth featuring the irresistible “toy car” red FIAT 500 Abarth .

Sydney Italian Festival 2016 runs from the 12 October 2016 to 30 October 2016

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Photograph provided by Mondostef.