We just can’t resist some controversy. After getting everyone riled up over our pizza roundup, we’re opening another can of worms and letting you know just a few of our favourite spots for Perth’s favourite sandwich: the continental roll.
The Re Store
I mean, this goes without saying. The home of the continental roll, The Re Store sets the standard for the sandwich in Perth. And while there’ll be lunchtimes I’ll be tempted by the pasta, or the soup, or the salads… I’ll always go back to the conti. Be still my heart.
72 Lake Street, Northbridge
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
Charlie’s Fresh Food Market
While Charlie’s might not have the local celebrity of the Re Store, it’s definitely an institution in its own right. Operating since 1967, the 1700 square metre market incorporates a grocer, deli, cafe, bakery, patisserie, greengrocer, butcher and liquor shop (to name just a few!). Head straight to the cafe for your continental roll – but after you’ve tucked into your roll, make sure to stop by Dolce and Salato for a sneaky cannoli for dessert.
497 Walter Road East, Morley (Corner Beechboro Road and Walter Road)
Galati and Sons
Freo locals (and those further afield) will be all too familiar with Galati and Sons. Stop by for their super-duper bargain fruit and veg that are almost unbelievably cheap – seriously, the sweet potatoes were 49 cents/kg the other weekend – and a similarly bargained continental roll. At $6.50, you’ll have enough spare change left over, you won’t be able to resist browsing through the well stocked grocery for your dinner as well.
19 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
Balcatta Grower’s Fresh
The Salvos, part of the Galati growers dynasty (it’s fair at this point to call it a dynasty, right? They’re basically Perth royalty) took over Balcatta Grower’s Fresh in 2018, and have ensured its Italian roots stay strong. As well as amazing fresh produce (I mean, they are technically Galatis after all), their small goods are next level, meaning a next level conti.
652 Karrinyup Road, Stirling
Angelo Street Market
Like many places on this list, Angelo Street Market (formerly Scutti) has long been a stalwart for Italian deli lovers of Perth. Established in 1988, their South Perth store has recently had a snazzy new revamp – although the quality conti rolls remain, thankfully. With one of the largest selections of specialty small goods in Perth, you can’t go wrong.
67 Angelo Street, South Perth (Corner Angelo Street and Coode Street)
Conti rolls might not be what first comes to mind when you think of Si Paradiso, but maybe it should be? Fittingly for these guys, imagine the lovechild of a pizza and a continental roll…served in a woodfired panini roll every Friday and Saturday for ten bucks. How speciale!
446 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Unlike many of the other delis we’ve mentioned, Passione is a much more cosy joint. Open since 2010, the star of the show is definitely on the deli counter, where you’ll see a mouth watering display of salumi, cheese, olives and more (I have a lot of feelings about the marinated octopus). With such a focus on produce, their offerings aren’t going to disappoint; with traditional continentals on golden, crunchy rolls, as well as some more New York-deli inspired options for those feeling a little more “oy vey” than “fuggedaboutit”.
Shop 1b Kingsley Shopping Centre, Kingsley (Corner Kingsley Drive and Creaney Drive)
Lo Presti and Son
First established in 1932, before moving to East Fremantle in 1964, Lo Presti and Son are some OGs when it comes to continental delis. You won’t be able to go past its charming, very Freo shopfront filled with wooden crates and olive oil cans. Not only do these guys do a ripper conti, but you can get it (and their antipasto trays!! I think that warrants an extra exclamation point…) delivered via UberEats.
170 Canning Highway, East Fremantle
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Sally is a designer, artist and fried chicken aficionado. When she’s not working, you can find her obsessing over her houseplants or at the movies. See some of her art here: www.instagram.com/
Cover photo from Passione in Kingsley