At Prahran Market, Mr Hoddle has finally filled the space left vacant when Wilson and Market, Paul Wilson's 110-seat brasserie, cafe and bar, shuttered over Christmas. Operating from breakfast until late, the new focus is mostly Italian, but with some crowd-pleasers such as barbecue pork ribs and southern-style chicken wings bulking it out. There will, of course, be wood-fired pizza offered through the afternoon while the main kitchen is closed.
You'll find even more pizza around the corner, now that Collingwood's vegan pizza haven, Red Sparrow, has landed at 260 Chapel Street. Another red-lit shopfront, they've brought with them their winning formula of beers and entirely-plant based pizzas including Hawaiian, patatas bravas and mi goreng flavour, subbing in faux fior di latte and mock meats.
Finally, Charlie Carrington has reopened his casual vegan Commercial Road canteen, Colours Bowls, as Lomah. It's the fourth and hopefully final tweak for the business, which originally sold lunch bowls of numerous origins from Mexican to Vietnamese, before becoming Israeli-only, then a Mediterranean vegan joint. Lomah now serves pitas and trays of hummus and falafel, chicken, trout or lamb, inspired by the food of Tel Aviv.