HOT: Ombra Salumi Bar, 76 Bourke St, Melbourne

The Grossi family are quietly making the ‘Paris end’ of Bourke Street their own (or maybe that should be the Roman end of Bourke Street?) with the addition of Ombra Salumi Bar next door to Grossi Cellar Bar, the Grossi Grill and Grossi Florentino. Ombra is both a grown-up wine bar and a casual, relaxed restaurant – […]

HOT: T. Cavallaro & Sons, 98 Hopkins St, Footscray

There is only one thing you need to know about legendary T. Cavallaro & Sons. Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Even my Sicilian friend agrees that the cannolis made by this old-time family-owned Italian pasticceria are ‘perfetto’. The gently crispy, slightly puffy shells are made every Tuesday and Wednesday in the […]

HOT: D.O.C Espresso, 326 Lygon St, Melbourne

Since my first visit to D.O.C Pizza years ago the family of stores bringing simple Italian food to Melbourne, particularly to Carlton, has grown. If I’m not after pizza my favourite D.O.C eatery is actually D.O.C Espresso, around the corner on busy Lygon Street. If Lygon Street is known as Little Italy then surely D.O.C Espresso would […]

HOT: Itali.co, 1/173-177 Barkly St, St Kilda

The partnership of Remo Nicollini, restauranteur, and Lino Maglione, master pizza maker, have recently opened a new casual Italian eatery called Itali.co in St Kilda. The two previously owned award winning pizzerias +39 and one of my CBD pizza haunts Espressino, then moved away to build the original Itali.co in Sorrento and start Docklands favourite […]

HOT: Union Dining, 270-272 Swan St, Richmond

The weather has finally started to warm up! One by one Melbourne venues are starting to slowly embracing the sunshine and long daylight hours by opening up their terraces, rooftops and balconies (though with outdoor heaters strategically placed, just in case), including Union Dining. Union Dining is a restaurant focusing on local produce served with a […]

HOT: Thirty Eight Chairs, 4A Bond St, South Yarra

Amongst the glitz of Chapel Street you’ll find an unexpected slice of unpretentious Italian charm behind a concrete facade. Turn down unprepossessing Bond Street and draw up a seat at Third Eight Chairs. I promise you won’t regret it. This tiny all-day cafe/restaurant is the work of an ex Caffe e Cucina manager, an ex […]

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