• We asked 16 big Melbourne names – from Andrew McConnell to the Lord Mayor – the one place they can’t wait to go once lockdown ends. Here’s what they said.

• Cannoli are two-bite treats, right? Wrong. Well, not strictly. Cannoli Bar is now doing a hulking one-kilo version. Just look at it.

• Just when we thought iconic rooftop bar Madame Brussels was gone for good, a seasoned hospo pair steps in to save it.

Lasagne loaf is a thing. Find the cheesy pasta-bread hybrid in Port Melbourne and Westgarth this weekend.

• Channelling Tokyo’s late-night izakayas, Chris Lucas’s Yakimono is firing up for the first time on November 5. Here’s what to expect, including smoky Wagyu skewers, big bowls of noodles and playful mashup desserts. Book now.

• Brand new from the Everleigh Bottling Co: zero-alcohol Bellinis with all of the peach and none of the punch. They’re picnic-perfect.

• One for the Negroni diehards: Adam D’Sylva’s Boca Gelato has teamed up with Toscano’s on a limited-edition Negroni gelato. At around six standard drinks, these tubs do pack a punch.

• Did you notice Bimbo has been closed since the start of the pandemic? It’s reopening with a new name and operator – and 250 free pizzas – next month.

• What do you get when you combine Aussie icon Paul Kelly with the maker of one of the country’s most delicious pinot noirs, BK Wines? A collaboration syrah to celebrate the launch of the legendary gravy-maker’s new Christmas album.

• Mannix, a tiny urban jungle in South Yarra, is a three-in-one cafe, plant shop and gallery. Check it out.

• King & Godfree and Maker & Monger are coming together for three days, selling ooey-gooey mozzarella in carrozza. The Italian toasties are decadent, breadcrumb-coated and flash-fried for maximum crispness. Don’t miss it.

Petanque Social, a summery spot for spritzes and snacks, is returning to the riverside. Laze on cushy day beds with a Wagyu beef taco from Nobu or a pizza from 400 Gradi.