• Old-school breadbaskets. Salsa-verde-doused burrata. Garlicky spaghetti vongole swimming in oil. They’re all at Northcote’s Va Penne.

• Valentine’s Day ruined by lockdown 3.0? Take two at Chin Chin, Kisumé, Baby and more this weekend.

• Haigh’s and Indigenous-owned lifestyle brand Warndu are injecting native Australian foods and botanicals into chocolate. Think milk chocolate with finger lime and dark chocolate with Davidson’s plum.

Save 20% when you buy two or more Broadsheet books. Order now to make sure they arrive in time for Christmas.


Laura, Pt Leo Estate’s fine diner, has reopened – with a new look and a new culinary director. Get out of town.

• Long live outdoor dining. The city’s pop-up “parklets” are sticking around until midyear.

These vintage-inspired recipe cards feature dishes from Marion, Capitano and more. The best part: they all get a cut of sales.

• Never ripped into a whole fried chicken? Neither. Now we can.

A 10,000-square-metre “permanent food festival” is coming to Melbourne next month.

• That’s Amore Cheese is getting hyper-specific with its festival of ricotta on February 28. There will be gnocchi.

Indu is Sri Lankan, but not entirely as you know it. There are hoppers with goat’s curd and pomegranate pearls, dosas with bacon jam, and more.

• Buy a beautifully designed recipe poster and provide 70 meals to Melburnians in need. Our pick: a blue-hued tuna tartare by Andrew McConnell.

Cannoleria’s latest creation: bubble-tea-inspired cannoli for Lunar New Year.

• Beloved laneway institution Hardware Societe has closed its original CBD cafe “indefinitely”.

• Do your wurst at this new German street-food stall at South Melbourne Market.

• A Victorian winemaker is selling two-litre flagons of “Vino Quarantino” from $20 (with same-day delivery).

Naro Baked Goods is delivering flaky, buttery pies across town.