Words by Simone Agostino, Perth-based author of The Table Of Us – a beautiful new 208-page hardcover book featuring over 70 big-hearted, wholesome and uncomplicated Italian recipes with images representing the beauty of the country along with personal memories. You can purchase it HERE.
Perth has seen its fair share of European delicatessens, but it’s the alimentaris, salumerias and latterias popping up that stand out from the rest. This list of high-end Italian speciality stores across Perth will transform your meals like no other.
It’s like walking into his home when you step into Paul ‘Sal’ Salmeri’s beautiful alimentari. Not uncommon to be personally greeted by Sal himself with open arms, his personality alone exudes comfort and warmth, and his business delivers that too. His pasta is perfectly curated and made daily on site, with gluten free options available too. Fresh eggs, the finest quality flour, tinned sardines – here you will walk out with a full heart and the opportunity for a full stomach after you’ve cooked up a storm with his precisely chosen quality produce.
44 Napolean Street, Cottesloe and 32 Ardross Street, Applecross
Italiana, The Mediterranean Deli
If you’re really missing Italy, then head on down to the Fremantle Markets where you will meet the Napolean-born Ersilia in her authentic Italian haven. She can offer you speck straight from the mountains of northern Italy, to sopressa from the Veneto region, the goods in this store are literally ‘off the boat’. Cheese, salumi, specialty rice and sweet tomatoes – you’ll find it all here and more in this little slice of Italy.
Shop 3, 74 South Terrace, Fremantle
La Delizia Latteria
We have heard of cheese rooms filled with glorious amounts of imports, but La Delizia Latteria takes it up a notch. Here you will find the freshest of fresh with cheeses made right on the premises. Stock up on your burrata, stracciatella, scamorza and ricotta. And why not get comfortable and watch the experts themselves carefully handcraft these delicacies through the glass shopfront windows.
Shop 47, 789 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
Stirling Fresh IGA
Not your typical IGA. Stirling IGA offers my favourite varieties and brands when it comes to dried pasta – casarecce, gnocchetti sardi, strozzapreti, paccheri, to name a few, all on top of all your usual suspects. While you’re there, purchase your freshly sliced cold cuts, speciality vegetables (including artichokes, rapini and radicchio) and get creative in the kitchen. These are the ingredients that take your cooking from A to B. If this isn’t a one-stop shop, then I don’t know what is.
Stirling Village, Sanderling St, Stirling
Scutti, Fresh Markets Applecross
Nothing says family more than a family owned and run business, and this is exactly what you will find here at Scutti’s. This husband and wife team, together with their sons, have been serving the best quality produce since 1975. Here you will be spoilt for choice with exclusive brands sourced right from Italy itself with their secondary wholesale only business Roberto’s Fine Foods. Pantry staples that are sure to heighten your cooking like no other.
Cnr Riseley and Canning Hwy, Applecross
Where they differ in the world of markets is their ability to take you from the food aisle straight to the kitchen with their very own Nonno’s Shed and Nonna’s Kitchen. It’s here you can purchase the best of the best when it comes to tools and kitchen utensils to elevate your cooking just like Nonna. With equipment for passata and sausage making, and utensils for the perfect pasta, cakes and biscotti, Napoli Mercato really do have you covered in the world of ingredients and utensils.
Cnr Ranford and Wright Roads, Harrisdale
Conveniently located in central Perth, this Mt Hawthorn family owned business make it their mission to showcase some of the best produce from the other side of the world. Pisconeri offer premium Italian brands from pasta and sugo, to flour and olive oil – and brands that are hard to find anywhere else. Buy in bulk or buy for today, Pisconeri are not short on variety or quantity with their quality goods stacked sky high upon their ample shelving.
110 Hobart Street, Mt Hawthorn
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Header Image: Pisconeri