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HEARTATTACK AND VINE
Head to Carlton for a lunch of filling porchetta rolls or prop up to the bar later with a martini and Venetian-style bar food (cicchetti), perfect for sharing.
SLICE GIRLS WEST
This find in Footscray has great pizzas and a menu full of Spice Girls puns. Fire up with a salami and jalapeno-tooped Zig-Ah-Zig-Ah.
This wine bar and eatery in Hawthorn's Lido cinema complex unites Italian-style bites (crab and saffron arancini, cayenne-spiked toasties) with stellar cocktails.