The Petroccitto Family have unveiled their latest venture, Santa Monica Brisbane, an Italian-American pizza, burger and cocktail bar.
Santa Monica aims to bring ‘supercool street style dining’ into the heart of the CBD. Named after the Californian city known for its iconic beachfront and pier, the new venue boasts a flavour-filled, unpretentious and on-trend menu.
It’s the brainchild of Giuseppe Petroccitto, the man at the top of the Bellezza Group, which also lists Bar Pacino, Cafe Pacino, Chocolate Soldier, Espresso Veloce and Bellezza Espresso Bar amongst its holdings.
Behind the bar, you’ll find German brothers Erkan and Hakan Karakol, who bring a wealth of Michelin-starred experience to the table.
In the kitchen, the Santa Monica crew pride themselves on their pizzas first and foremost. Their signature pizza oven is used to cook six different types of pizza, including the Santa Monica Seafood Pizza, with mozzarella, prawns, smoked salmon, capers, red onion, crème fresh and dill, and a classic BBQ Meatlovers, with pulled pork, bacon, pork sausage, napolitana sauce, mozzarella and BBQ sauce.
The burger lineup also includes a nod to the west coast in the Santa Monica Shrimp Baguette, brimming with lemon pepper shrimps in a Santa Monica-style French roll topped with Remoulade sauce, oak lettuce, tomato and pickled red onions.
The menu also features three pastas (a prerequisite for an Italian-American joint, surely), four salads, and three types of fries — Kim Chi, Pulled Pork BBQ and Santa Monica Street.
For dessert, you can indulge in a Warm Chocolate Brownie, Cannoli Di Ricotta or classic Santa Monica Banana Split.
If you love breakfast but you don’t like getting up in time for it, you’ll be pleased to know Santa Monica is rocking an all-day breakfast menu, featuring a Santa Monica Breakfast Burger, a power brekkie of Bircher Muesli, a serve of Monica’s Pancakes, or even an Italian baked egg, all of which can be dressed up with sides of bacon, salmon or Portobello mushrooms.
The drinks list features eight custom cocktails, including one named after Santa Monica’s most famous hotel, the Casa del Mar — a wave of Ciroc Vodka, Crem de Framboisse, raspberry, cucumber, squeezed lemon and prosecco. The Southern Cali, Downtown Monica, Figa, Pacific Park, This Is My Jam, Broad-Stage and Rose Avenue round out the list.
Shared towers of entree dishes and beer towers are on offer, too, making Santa Monica a solid option for group dining.
Santa Monica Brisbane (street level at 180 Ann, Brisbane City) is open from 6am ’til late, Monday to Friday.