Sasso believe that cooking Italian cuisine is a craft and they serve their food with passion, using only the freshest local produce.


Sasso, Italian for ‘stone’, is situated in the historic McNeill’s cottage, built in 1882 by Scottish stonemason James McNeill.

McNeill was responsible for building many well-known Queenstown properties, but only a couple remain standing today. The passing of time is testament to McNeill’s craftmanship and it forms the heart of our restaurant.

McNeill’s Cottage remained a private residence until the early 1970s when it was expanded and converted into a brewery, before new ownership in 2012 resulted in a major renovation and the opening of Sasso.

“At Sasso we believe that cooking Italian cuisine is a craft and we serve our food with passion. We insist on using the freshest local produce with a few authentic Italian specialties thrown in to create the finest flavours. Whether it’s a relaxed pizza and beer with friends or a five-course meal from our Sapore di Sasso menu matched with Italian or Central Otago wine, you’ll be sure to enjoy your dining experience in Sasso’s unique, relaxed setting.”

Richie @360

One of 360’s main writers and photographers, Richie is a go-getter that is constantly out enjoying the local environment – from surfing the Hawea Wave to snowboarding Treble Cone’s natural pipes.

Richie is an ambassador for the local retail chain Outside Sports, alongside a number of other brands. As a drone pilot and filmer, Richie is also a key member of the creative team at 360newzealand.com.

View posts written by Richie here on 360qw, or check out his personal blog site.