This November, Sand Hill Road’s Garden State Hotel will welcome Tippy-Tay, a new colourful Italian restaurant bringing all that’s fun about coastal European summer vibes to the city from Thursday 11 November. From the moment you step into its bright yellow and green rimmed doorway, Tippy-Tay transports you to an experience like no other. Expect to see a fusion of bold and bright colours, walls lined with over 3000 vintage glass bottles, lights and bunting flags festooned above, and tables topped with mix-matched plates to create an undeniably fun, relaxed and welcoming party vibe. You won’t find a white tablecloth anywhere here!

A feast for the eyeballs, but also the ears as the theatre is elevated with DJs on the decks and tunes echoing well into the night. Local Melbourne-based talent agency, WAT Artists, will turn up the tracks, showcasing the best of their Melbourne roster across Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30pm onwards.

The Italian theme carries through to the food and drink menu, nodding to a classic trattoria offering traditional and refined Italian dishes. Garden State’s Head Chef Dylan Evans, in partnership with Ashly Hicks (Executive Chef at Sand Hill Road’s The Espy), will have you digging into dishes like cacio e pepe arancini; pork cotoletta with Tuscan slaw and mustard sauce or 600g Bistecca Fiorentina with lemon and first press olive oil. But it’ll be hard to look past Tippy-Tay’s showstopper, Last Night’s Lasagne, their take on an Italian
favourite with all the crunch and deliciousness of ‘last night’s’ classic.

Tippy-Tay will open its doors on Thursday 11 November, bringing all the party vibes of an Italian dinner party, so while we might not be able to travel there anytime soon, you’ll be sure to have just as much fun right here on Flinders Lane. Bookings are open now but aren’t expected to last long. Secure your Italian getaway via

Tippy-Tay, Garden State Hotel, 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, is open seven days a week – Monday and Tuesday for dinner service only, and Wednesday through Sunday for both lunch and dinner service.



From the sibling team behind Armadale’s Mammoth, restaurateurs on the rise Nick and Zac Beerens are unveiling their latest offering,  Copycat, opening November 5 – a restaurant, cocktail bar and date-night spot at the former After The Tears site on Elsternwick’s Gordon Street.

Positioned alongside the longstanding arthouse picture theatre Classic Cinemas, Copycat is a play on doing nothing new after learning from the best,  part-owner Nick Beerens explains.

The European-leaning menu by Head Chef Kevin Middleton (Naked For Satan, Donovans) offers a large number of vegetarian dishes and is designed to be shared, championing the authentic flavours of the highest quality produce from local suppliers.

Copycat opens this Friday November 5 at 9b Gordon Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185

For more information and to book, visit



Pidapipo Gelateria is releasing a new, limited-edition gelato cake to make for an unforgettable Christmas Day and festive season. Known in Italy as a Tronchetto di Natale, this cylinder of gelato goodness will make for the ultimate Christmas dessert that the whole family will enjoy. Straight from store to plate – the Tronchetto will be a Christmas essential that’s as delicious as it is fuss-free! A feast for all the senses, the cake’s outer layer is made of a delicious dark chocolate ganache, drizzled with a heavenly milk chocolate glaze. Slice in and you’ll find a vibrant cherry sorbet centre complemented by raspberry cream gelato all encased in chocolate almond sponge.

The Pidapipo Tronchetto Di Natale is $95, serves approximately 8-10 people and will be available to pre-order from Friday 5 November. They will be available to pick up in-store from Windsor or the CBD locations from 1 December – 24 December (Christmas Eve). A limited number will also be available for collection in each day in store for those quick on their feet (from 1 December).

To order, visit from 5 November

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Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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