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The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

Steam ovens: a guide
27.03.2017

Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes
24.03.2017

More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

What to eat, drink and do in Versilia

Forte dei Marme beach

Forte dei Marme beach

The ultimate guide to exploring the region of Versilia, Italy, including what to do and where to stay, eat and shop.

The home of the great composer, Versilia could be Italy's best kept secret. This is our guide to Tuscany's northern resort region, filled with natural beauty, beaches, and elegant seafood restaurants.

GETTING THERE

The nearest international airport to the region is in Pisa, 25 kilometres south of Viareggio. The Versilia district is easy to reach by car or train from Rome, Florence, Genoa and Milan. The autostrada A12 runs parallel to the coast, just a couple of kilometres inland.

STAY

Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Prestige, class and refinement are rolled into one in an elegant Liberty palazzo on the Viareggio promenade. Be sure to book at its two-star restaurant, Il Piccolo Principe.

Piazza Giacomo Puccini 1, 55049 Viareggio, +39 058 44 011, slh.com

Hotel Plaza e de Russie

Relive the atmosphere of the Grand Tour in the oldest luxury hotel in town.

Piazza Massimo D'Azeglio 1, 55049 Viareggio, +39 058 444 449, plazaederussie.com

Locanda Le Monache

A recently restored hotel-restaurant adjacent to a 16th-century convent in the old town centre.

Piazza XXIX Maggio 36, 55041 Camaiore, +39 058 49 89258, www.lemonache.com

Hotel Club I Pini

A charming hotel in an Art Nouveau mansion just 200 metres from the beach.

Via Roma 43, 55041 Lido di Camaiore, +39 058 46 6103, clubipini.com

Albergo Pietrasanta

Hotel-meets-art gallery with an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary Italian paintings in guestrooms and public spaces.

Palazzo Barsanti Bonetti, Via Garibaldi 35, 55045 Pietrasanta, +39 058 47 93726, albergopietrasanta.com

EAT

Trattoria Buonamico

Likely the oldest seafood restaurant in Viareggio. Don't miss the baby cuttlefish with polenta and the cacciucco.

Via Sant'Andrea 27, 55049 Viareggio, +39 058 49 43266, trattoriabuonamico.it

Da Romano

This elegant seafood restaurant is much favoured by pioneers of Italy's Slow Food and Gambero Rosso gastronomic movements.

Via Giuseppe Mazzini 122, 55049 Viareggio, +39 058 43 1382, romanoristorante.it

Trattoria La Darsena

Fine traditional Viareggio fare.

Via Virgilio 150, 55049 Viareggio, +39 058 43 92785, trattorialadarsena.it

Osteria Barsanti 54

This pleasant historic osteria is the place to sample typical local dishes, especially inland specialties such as tordelli and zuppa Lucchese.

Via Padre Eugenio Barsanti 52-54, 55045 Pietrasanta, +39 058 47 15114, osteriabarsanti54.com

Da Lorenzo

Habitués claim this restaurant serves the best fish in Italy. In the words of its owner, Lorenzo Viani, "A fish has 24 virtues, but loses one with each hour that passes."

Via Giosuè Carducci 61, 55042 Forte dei Marmi, +39 058 48 74030, ristorantelorenzo.com

SHOP

Mercato del Forte

With craft, pottery, objets d'art, napery and designer fashion, Forte dei Marmi's Wednesday morning market is tantamount to Milan by the sea.

DO

Parco di Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli

This nature park, which spreads south from Lake Massaciuccoli, spans wetlands and Mediterranean scrub, and features Roman ruins, baths and a museum of antiquities.

+39 050 53 9111, parcosanrossore.org

Festival Pucciniano

The annual summer festival in Torre del Lago is dedicated to the operas of Puccini. You can also visit the villa where the great man wrote them.

+39 058 43 59322, puccinifestival.it/en/

Carnevale di Viareggio

Without doubt, Italy's most rowdy but good-natured "politicised" carnival.

+39 058 45 8071, viareggio.ilcarnevale.com

For more information, see our gallery or read John Iriving's feature on Versilia.

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