• First look: New York-style pies rule at Thornbury’s Pizza Elettrica.

• First look: Hardware Lane’s new gluten-free Mexican restaurant and rooftop bar, Hotel Nacional.

• First look: K-BBQ favourite Mansae’s new Vic Market spot has homemade kimchi and shorter lines.

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• First look: Malvern East wine bar Parkside Local from Matt Vero has Teo’s Pizza and trivia Tuesdays.

• Now open: Matti Fallon’s last venue was razed by a fire. Now he’s back with Mr Vincenzo’s Mornington.

• Coming soon: Lulu, a fuss-free neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Malvern.

• Now open: An ex-Longsong chef honours her grandmother’s Thai street food at Charlong in St Kilda.

• The newly revamped 150-year-old North Fitzroy Arms is an ode to good old Aussie footy pubs.

• Now open: Mork Chocolate’s new laneway flagship has lots of tastings and blowtorched s’mores.

Four dishes to try at BKK according to chef Sungeun Mo.

Masterchef’s Callum Hann and Khanh Ong are each taking up a three-week residency in the CBD.

• Andy Lee and friends are back with their second Dimmies and Tinnies pop-up on Sunday June 9 at the MCG.

• Now open: Albert Park European-inspired wine bar Wally’s.

More, please

• Chef Fhred Batalona’s pop-up series Palay is hosting a dinner at Epocha in Carlton on Wednesday June 12 for Philippine Independence Day. Batalona will collaborate with chefs Rolando Laudico and Jac Laudico to prepare a six-course meal. Bookings are essential.

Philippa Sibley of Pinotta will prepare a four-course lunch at her Fitzroy North restaurant on Saturday June 22, paired with pours from winemaker Brad Hickey of Brash Higgins wines. Lunch is $145 per person. Bookings are recommended. More information here.

Joel Baylon of Love Shack in Castlemaine and Ibrahim Khudeira of wine distribution brand Foreign Fruits will take over the food and drinks at Lumen next Friday June 14. There’ll be two sittings: one at 6pm and one at 8.30pm. Bookings are recommended.

As seen on the web

• “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Is Broken” – Alan Sytsma for Grub Street.