Spazio Paradiso is the first hospitality venture from Jamie Georgopoulos and Meika Khong. It stemmed from the pair’s love for making Italian paninis with ingredients from their favourite Melbourne delis at home. Now, they sell knockout Italian deli-style sandwiches – loaded with salumi, cheese and antipasto.
The sandwich combos are listed on brightly coloured paper plastered on the walls. A standout is the mortadella, where sliced-to-order mortadella is packed into a crunchy ciabatta roll with stracciatella, green split olives and crushed pistachios. Also on the menu: prosciutto with fior di latte and basil pesto; porchetta; and grandmother ham with tomato pesto. The vego option is filled with roast capsicum, marinated eggplant, basil pesto, fior di latte and spinach.
There’s also the option to build your own, just like you might at an Italian paninoteca. They’re all made with top produce including That’s Amore cheese, Marchetti Fine Foods’ cured meats and Palomba Antipasti pestos and antipasti. The rolls come from Natural Tucker Bakery, just 270 metres down the road.
In addition to sangas, Spazio Paradiso stocks pasta sauces, taralli biscuits, capers and other pantry staples. Plus, there are take-home grazing boxes filled with meats, cheeses, antipasti, fruits and bread, which are great for picnics at nearby Edinburgh Gardens.
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