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Want to upgrade your Four and Twenty footy pie to something a touch fancier? Here are our favourite pieces of pastry getting around town right now

Tivoli Road Bakery

Loaded with fat hunks of tender beef, diced onion and carrots, Movida prove they're as good with the savouries as they are with the salted caramel doughnuts. $6. South Yarra.

Threefold Foodstore and Eatery

The offering at this CBD cafe changes regularly but cross your fingers for pastry enshrined lamb-shoulder, slow cooked till sticky and amped-up with Indian spices. $12. Melbourne.

Candied Bakery

They're dough fiends at this quirky bakery - they even do an apple pie thickshake – but our vote on the savoury front goes to the chilli-boosted egg and bacon number surrounded by flaky pastry. $5.60. Spotswood.

Il Fornaio

The beef in this little beauty has the depth of flavour you only get with the very best meat, and the light sauce lets the quality shine. $18. St Kilda.

Little Creatures Dining Hall

Beer. Pie. It's a no-brainer match and happily, the pastry option at this brew-hall is a ripper: a gratifyingly chunky classic combo of beef and red wine served with pea and bean salad and tangy home made tomato sauce. $22. Fitzroy.

La Panella

Vegetarian? Vegan? This is the place to go for your one handed meal fix. The mushroom pie is a rib-sticker, with caramelised onion bringing added sweetness to the deal. $2.50. Preston.

Pure Pie

This is the pastry your grandma would make. Rustic and buttery in an artery-damning way. The filling's not bad either, made with free range braised beef bunkering down in a tangy red wine and rosemary gravy. $8.50. Port Melbourne.

Gill's Diner

This is the pastry version of beef bourguignon. Rich beef with slow cooked onions, lardons and mushrooms captured in a flaky crust with fat chips and a salad on the side. $22. Melbourne.

The Builders Arms Hotel

Bursting with smoked trout and fresh prawns this is what to order when you want a seafood bonanza. Cooked and served in a big dish, the jumble of fish and crustaceans is topped with a jaunty hat of bronzed puff pastry. $32. Fitzroy.

Pie Minister

Boasting the best business name in the game and a potentially authentic photo of Julia Gillard hoovering the goods, this shop does all the pies from the very good chunky beef to a very odd chicken number with avocado and brie. $ 5.10. Pakenham.

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