The Italian restaurant coming to Brisbane’s newest urban precinct, King Street, will explore the future of Italian cuisine.
Last week, we reported that restaurants had begun to open in the King Street precinct, just a stone’s throw from the Brisbane Showgrounds, and that they’d soon be joined by Il Verde.
Now we can tell you the venue will be owned and operated by trio Simon Barakat, Dominique Barakat and Ibrahim Haddad (known in the industry as Bob). The Barakat family, in particular, will be well known to local fans of Italian dining — they’ve been running Brisbane’s most enduring Italian restaurant, Gino’s on Kingsford Smith Drive, for decades.
But if Gino’s is defined by history and tradition, Il Verde is looking forward, fusing traditional techniques with ultra modern flavours.
“The trattoria will depart from the classicism of its predecessor as it explores the future of Italian cuisine,” says Haddad.
The menu, designed by Haddad, is tipped towards all things seasonal and sustainably sourced, featuring the likes of woodfired pizzas made using slow fermented dough, and toppings such as premium hand minced wagyu and smoked salmon.
Intended to be a thoughtful and contemporary meeting place with a strong focus on social dining for all ages, with indoor dining, bar seating and outdoor lounges to suit a variety of occasions. Doors will soon open on interiors decked out in earthy and green tones to match the youthful, industrial energy of nearby Fortitude Valley.
An open kitchen and grill will bring a theatrical element to the 90-seat venue, as diners will be able to catch a 360 degree view of the chefs in action.
Il Verde is expected to open in mid-September at 4/2 King Street, Bowen Hills.