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Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Italy’s must-see exhibitions

Museo della Ceramica

Museo della Ceramica

Museo della Ceramica, Savona
Showcasing more than a thousand Italian ceramic works, from ancient vases and laggioni tiles from the 15th century to pieces by contemporary artists, including Art Deco master Manlio Trucco, this sprawling exhibition is housed between the newly restored 15th-century Palazzo del Monte di Pietà and the nearby Palazzo Gavotti, making the magnificent buildings as worthy of a visit as the works within. Museo della Ceramica, MUSA - Museo d'Arte di Palazzo Gavotti, Palazzo Gavotti, Piazza Chabrol, 1-2, Savona, +39 019 831 0256 

Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, Rome
Rome's MAXXI museum, built to celebrate 21st-century art and architecture, is going retro with an exhibition that pays homage to the icons of Italian fashion. On display will be pieces from Fendi, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci and Valentino as Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion recalls the best of the nation's couture from 1945 to 1968. More than 80 outfits are on display, as well as images and film that helped define this golden age of Italian style. Highlights include 1950s Bulgari pieces, gowns designed for Kim Novak, Sophia Loren and Ingrid Bergman, and the green satin Valentino gown worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Via Guido Reni 4A, Rome. Until May 3. +39 06 322 5178

Leonardo 1452-1519, Milan
Leonardo Da Vinci will be celebrated in style at Milan's Expo 2015, with hundreds of thousands of art lovers expected on his birthday, 15 April, at Palazzo Reale, next to the Duomo. More than 100 sketches, manuscripts and designs will be on show with his famous paintings, including three loaned masterpieces: La Belle Ferronnière, also known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman (on loan from The Louvre); The Annunciation (from the Uffizi); and La Madonna Dreyfus (from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC). Leonardo 1452-1519, 15 April to 19 July, Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milan

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