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Living off the land in winter
27.07.2017

The life of a farmer revolves around the seasons. Come winter, a certain thriftiness is needed in the kitchen to make the most of meagre produce, writes Paulette Whitney.

Why breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day in Italy
27.07.2017

Italy's claim to being the greatest of the world's cuisines has one key weakness: breakfast. But, argues John Irving, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles in 2017
27.07.2017

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Restaurants with rooms
27.07.2017

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Reasons to visit Canberra in 2017
27.07.2017

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Finalists for Maitre D' of the Year 2018
26.07.2017

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Finalists for Sommelier of the Year 2018
25.07.2017

Three sommeliers, three different personalities, all first-rate guides to the lists at their establishments. We present our 2018 finalists: Caitlyn Rees, Gaving Cremming and Patrick White.

Where to eat, drink and stay in Victoria's High Country
25.07.2017

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Video: Matt Moran on Aria's new look

Aria Sydney closed its doors in late August for a complete redesign. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the renovation, Matt Moran talks us through Aria's new look.

Chef Matt Moran and restaurateur Bruce Solomon opened Aria together 17 years ago, just before the Sydney Olympics in 1999. After almost two decades, the co-owners are ready to shake things up.

"Bruce and I both feel now is the right time for a new look Aria," says Moran. "We won't be moving away from fine dining. If anything, we'll be upping the ante."

And how do you do that in Sydney, circa 2016? Two words: George Livissianis. The interior architect is behind some of Sydney's favourite dining rooms - including The Dolphin's Christo-meets-Haring makeover, both The Apollo Sydney and Apollo Ginza, and Cho Cho San. Aria will be the first time Livissianis has done the interiors for a fine diner.

While the final look is still evolving for the 170-seat restaurant, so far we know the new room will combine various woods, travertines, bronze and leather, and a brand new grill section in the kitchen.

Aria Sydney will reopen in early November for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday.

Aria Sydney, 1 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9240 2255

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