Sasso opens in Queenstown for dining events

Queenstown has welcomed new Italian bistro Sasso in late December, perfect fo rgroup or corporate dining.

Queenstown has welcomed new Italian bistro Sasso in late December, perfect for group or corporate dining.

Sasso, meaning stone in Italian, is centrally located in historic McNeill’s cottage, just a few steps from New Zealand’s picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Executive Chef Sal Grant heads a team of eight chefs and offers Italian-inspired cuisine that is both traditional and innovative – think rustic Italian with fresh local ingredients.

Sasso is the creation of two local businessmen, The Rees Queenstown CEO Mark Rose and David Matthews, also a UK Property developer, who felt Queenstown was missing a chic modern Italian dining option.

The dining room of the newly-opened Sasso in Queenstown.

The historic stone cottage has undergone a stunning $500,000 refurbishment revealing a clean crisp interior with a solid wood bar and marble counters sourced in Italy. Crystal light fittings form a lavish centrepiece while the state of the art kitchen offers an open servery that, along with the Mediterranean outdoor courtyard and open fire, creates a warm and relaxing ambiance.

The familiar face of general manager Candice Chow, previously of the Rees Hotel Queenstown, will greet guests. Chow has worked at the prestigious Michelin three-star Caprice Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, Hong Kong, and is a professionally trained sommelier. She has an excellent knowledge of the fine local pinots to be featured at Sasso along with the impressive wine collection directly sourced from Italy.

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