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By Hilary McNevin

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Hilary McNevin brings you the inside stories from Melbourne's dining scene in the column Espresso.

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Just open: Etto, Malvern

Spaghetti bolognese at Etto.

South Melbourne's fast, fresh pasta place Etto welcomes a Malvern addition to the famiglia.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 20 03:00:00 EST 2014

DJ Grant Smillie to open restaurant and rooftop bar in LA

Melrose place: David Combes, Grant Smillie and Louis Tikaram at the site of their new Los Angeles restaurant, EP.

Ponyfish Island co-owner Grant Smillie is launching an Australian-influenced restaurant EP and adjoining bar Long Play in Los Angeles.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 13 09:44:15 EST 2014

Chiara to offer a taste of Italy at Docklands

Taste trio: Zachary Bacon, Gavin Baker and George Fowler will be at Chiara from June.

The latest restaurant from My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans, chef Gavin Baker and developer Lang Walker, is shaping up for a mid-June opening.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 13 03:00:00 EST 2014

Dainty Sichuan and Paul Mathis to open Emporium food outlets

Mapo tofu at Dainty Sichuan.

The second round of food outlets is about to open at CBD retail development Emporium Melbourne.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 13 03:00:00 EST 2014

Epocha team say 'yiasou' to Camberwell

Epocha's Angie Giannakodakis.

The team behind Carlton's Epocha will launch their next venture, a wine bar and diner, in late July.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 06 07:58:39 EST 2014

What Jacques Reymond did next

Jacques Reymond.

So much for retirement. Jacques Reymond may have handed the baton to his two proteges at Woodland House but he's not kicking back in the comfy recliner just yet.

Food News | Espresso | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

Outside the norm: Supernormal to open this week

The lobster roll from Golden Fields.

On Wednesday the doors will swing open on chef-restaurateur Andrew McConnell's latest dining space.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 29 09:13:12 EST 2014

Just open: Meatball & Wine Bar III and Meatballs & Sons

Pork meatballs with pesto.

The Melbourne meatball market is getting rather squeezy with another two venues opening just two kilometres apart.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

Second 400 Gradi pizzeria to open at Crown

The margherita pizza from the 400 Gradi in Brunswick.

Champion margherita pizza maker Johnny Di Francesco will open a second 400 Gradi in the space previously occupied by Italian restaurant Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons.

Food News | Espresso | Wed Apr 16 15:17:34 EST 2014

Just open: La Formaggeria, St Kilda

La Formaggeria, St Kilda.

The team behind Il Fornaio and Brighton Schoolhouse open the doors on their long-awaited micro cheese lab and produce store.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Ryan Flaherty's Mr Jennings opening soon

Chef Ryan Flaherty.

Chef Ryan Flaherty's first solo venture will open in Richmond next month and serve accessible, share-friendly food.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Hanoi Hannah Express Lane

Two of the three owners, Simon Bacher (left) and Nicholas Coulter.

Drive through banh mi? Prahran's Hanoi Hannah takeaway offshoot will run your order out to your car as you pull up.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Jimmy Grants joins Collins Street pop-up restaurant precinct

The Bonnegilla Souvlaki at Jimmy Grants.

Jimmy Grants is the third big name to sign up for Melbourne shipping container dining precinct Rue & Co.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Apr 10 15:23:24 EST 2014

Comme makes way for CBD Stokehouse

The Stokehouse was razed by fire in January.

News that St Kilda's Stokehouse is moving to the city in May came as a surprise to staff at Comme.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 08:18:45 EST 2014

Cecconi's restaurant has a handsome new look

Cecconi's has had a makeover.

The hatted Italian restaurant receives a clean and sleek makeover.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Fonda Mexican, Flinders Lane

Pork Taco at the original Fonda.

Fonda's third and biggest site is unveiled - with the mod-Mexican cantina taking over the former Virginia Plain space.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Vietnamese cafes Paperboy Kitchen and Ba'get

Banh mi from Ba'get.

Two Vietnamese newcomers are banging out banh mi and noodles in the CBD.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Emporium's huge 'cafe court' caters for the shopping masses

Earl Canteen's pork belly sandwich.

The Melbourne retail development's 1100-seater food court will feature Earl Canteen, Spud Bar, Jimmy Grants and more.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Mar 31 14:21:15 EST 2014

Stokehouse City to open in May

The Van Haandel Group is moving the Stokehouse into the city, albeit temporarily.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Mar 28 16:24:10 EST 2014

Heston Blumenthal tipped to open Melbourne restaurant

Heston Blumenthal.

Heston Blumenthal is preparing to open a restaurant in Melbourne.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 17:41:30 EST 2014