Last week I visited a Melbourne dining institution, Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, a small traditional Italian cafe/restaurant which delivers bucketloads of history and atmosphere. On arrival you either perch at the bar or share a communal table in the kitchen (where a small Italian nonna will ask you what you would like to eat - no menu required). Heaped bowls of steaming pasta follow with plenty of bread and a shots of espresso. All for under $20. Tonight's drinks are inspired by this place, which serves no alcohol, so a Chinotto is a must. Of course for those who cant go past a Friday night without a little tipple, a splash of gin and a slice of lemon is a worthwhile addition to this bittersweet drink. To wear is has to be another traditional Italian institution, Prada, and a healthy does of black to fit in with the Melbourne uniform. Happy Friday!