RIVER CAFE MILESTONE
Veal shin in Barbaresco. Squid with peas and anchovies. The River Cafe on London’s River Thames has kept diners content with its modern Italian cooking (and chocolate nemesis cake) for an incredible 30 years. To celebrate its anniversary, River Cafe 30 by Ruth Rogers and chefs Joseph Trivelli, Sian Wyn Owen and the late Rose Gray ($55, hbk, Penguin Random House) hits the shelves this month, featuring 30 new recipes, along with photos from personal archives. The book’s edges are emblazoned neon pink to match the famous wood oven.
Officina ProfumoFarmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella – the name alone will leave you in need of a drink. Lucky this Florentine producer makes such fine Italian liqueurs – this spicy, scarlethued Alkermes is a case in point. Try it with lime and ginger beer for an Italian riff on a Moscow Mule, or in place of vermouth in your next Manhattan. $100 for 500ml. franque.com.au