• Pepperoni pizza was what inspired Lune’s unexpected, limited-edition new creation. Napoli sauce and scamorza are swirled through escargot (the pastry kind), and it comes topped with fior di latte and fresh basil. That’s amore.

This nutty, chocolatey, begging-to-be-attacked-with-a-spoon spread by Cremorne-based chocolatier Hunted and Gathered gives Nutella a run for its money.

• Beeline for this sunny South Melbourne rooftop for 90 minutes of all-you-can-eat curry snags and free-flowing booze.

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• Two massive new watering holes have hit Moonee Ponds: one in a heritage-listed former supermarket, the other in a transformed Sporting Globe.

• Shannon Martinez’s Smith and Daughters has just reopened for all your non-carnivorous needs.

• Stroll straight off the beach into the Stokehouse crew’s relaxed, summery pop-up with White Claws, jugs of Margarita and woodfired pizzas.

• New Year’s is looming. Book one of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s open-air street feasts (Supernormal’s suckling pig bo ssam, anyone?).

• Roll up your sleeves for Texas-style brisket, jalapeno kranskies, mac’n’cheese and more at Brunswick’s newest barbeque joint.

• The bustling Hochi Mama is bringing its brand of Vietnamese fusion to a new south-side outpost.

Sailors Grave Brewing’s new dark lager is a collab with author Bruce Pascoe, channelling his groundbreaking study of Aboriginal agriculture, Dark Emu.

• Sunda is crossing cuisines – namely, Southeast Asian and Italian – at its innovative, soon-to-open CBD pop-up.

• Hard seltzer, cold-drip coffee and pomelo collide in the new release from Footscray booze brand ‘Ray, launching on November 27.

• Perspex shmerspex. At this out-of-town winery, boot scoot into what could be the new frontier in outdoor dining: the tables are separated by enormous hay bales.