• Sit at the bar with a cone – or a granita – and watch pastry chefs prepare gelato in Piccolina’s new gelato temple in Collingwood.

• The restaurateur behind Sarti and Il Bacaro has opened Bar Carolina in South Yarra.

• Park Street Pasta & Wine is a modern osteria on a pretty corner in South Melbourne.

• Ascot Vale is getting a pop-up food truck park – the Ascot Lot is a car park turned colourful dining hub.

• The Waterside Hotel has had a major revamp, with a new dining room that looks like the Grand Budapest Hotel, and a bar dedicated to champagne.

• Chef Donovan Cooke is one of Melbourne’s most storied. He’s back fronting a restaurant for the first time in 14 years: Ryne in Fitzroy North.

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• The peninsula’s newest cellar door has a former Rockpool chef in the kitchen, iconic Australian sculptures in its gardens and stunning views of the bay.

• Duke Pizza is serving huge American-style slices in a tiny candy-coloured shop on Elizabeth Street.

• We rounded up a bunch of new openings in Fitzroy, from a tiny Japanese cafe to bar dedicated to board games.

• Fitzroy’s Beach Burrito – known for its invite-only 10-metre-long skateboard pool – has closed.

• A former head chef at The European has opened Harvest in South Yarra, an all-day coffee shop and eatery.

• Neon Beatniks is a polished new cafe – with a staunchly monochrome fit-out – in Brunswick.

• Inside a new aqua-and-pink store on Doncaster Road you’ll find 24 flavours of gelato: welcome to Meno Zero.