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Favourite Grocery Stores

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Cardamones

Station Street, Fairfield

Picture a wall of cheese fridge. Limit the contents to entirely Italian cheeses - Pecorino, Grana Padano, Reggiano (kind of parmesans!). Wipe drool from corner of mouth and narrow eyes. Move towards in-house deli, serving freshly made pastas, sauces, breads, as well as the expected variety of salamis, prosciuttos, pancettas, artichoke hearts, olives... this, friends, is living.

 

Piedimontes

St George's Rd, North Fitzroy (but also Brunswick East and maybe more?)

An Italian institution. More on this later.

 

Leo's

Burgundy St., Heidelberg

I particularly love the black and white checkered lino that covers the floor, but apart from this visual delight, the next best thing about this supermarket is the fact that it's the anti-BiLo. They have a slightly more gourmet version of each item that you'd normally find in a supermarket. (e.g. Charmaine's icecream rather than homebrand). The good stuff...but not so good that you can't afford to shop there regularly. (Sam)

 

Mediterranean Wholesalers

Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Be prepared to take a number and queue on Saturday morning for the huge range of deli goods available here. There's also really cheap pasta in every variety, including some great fresh, homemade versions, lots of Italian wine, biscuits, cakes and my personal favourite - warm, freshly baked ciabatta. You deserve a prize if you manage to get the loaf back home without succumbing to the temptation to start eating it immediately.

 

Cozzella Bros

Dundas St, Thornbury

It's probably open during the week, but Saturday morning is the time this place buzzes. A fantastic large-sized grocer, with all the requisite massive bins of produce on pallets, this place is special because there's also a great little deli run by a quartet of zias, as well as the great ciabatta and a selection of Italian groceries. It's like a mini Mediterranean Wholesalers closer to home if you're in the North-East.

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