• Italian-inspired Riso (by an ex-Vue de Monde chef and a former L’Hotel Gitan sommelier) is now an all-day diner and wine bar with a menu that changes daily.

• Get out of town – from an intimate 12-seater overlooking a billabong (by an ex-Brae chef) to Ben Shewry’s soon-to-close pop-up, we’ve rounded up 10 recent out-of-town openings you might have missed.

• Thornbury favourite Umberto Espresso Bar has moved into a 100-year-old former shoe store.

• Grate news: Maker & Monger is bringing back its mac-and-grilled-five-cheese sandwich for one day only next week. And the first 100 people in get it for free.

• Albert Park’s Chinese fine diner Sun Kitchen is celebrating its second birthday by taking 50 per cent off its à la carte menu of stir-fried lobster tail, claypot black-pepper beef, Sichuan cumin lamb rib and more.

• Mushroom season is here, and Guy Grossi is hosting a fungi-filled four-course dinner followed by ecologist Alison Pouliot in conversation with food writer Richard Cornish.

• Want cacio e pepe straight from a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano? Parmesan Wheel Week is back at Cucinetta.

• And speaking of pasta – become a master with these seven easy tips from some of Australia’s top Italian cooks. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a packet or rolling your own.

• Shane Delia’s Maha Bar has launched an all-new, restructured menu full of snacky bites. Plus, find a Wagyu shawarma sandwich on a Baker Bleu bun.

• There’s a wide world of gin out there – get three small bottles delivered each month with Gin Loot, a fun new subscription service.

• Sip on the Iron Throne with Moon Dog’s epic new range of Game of Thrones collector’s edition brews for the fantasy blockbuster’s 10th anniversary. There’ll also be Thrones-inspired launch parties at the brewery’s Abbotsford and Preston venues.

• Get down to Alchemy Brewing – it recently refreshed its menu after opening a new kitchen, and there’s live music every weekend.

• For this weekend’s cold weather: Italian food guru Orazio D’Elia shares his recipe for simple, creamy risotto with a bright dash of beetroot puree.

• And another recipe: This mouth-numbing Japanese spice mix from Lagoon Dining will transform noodles, chicken and more. Whip it up in just 25 minutes.