When Small Axe Kitchen opened in Brunswick a few years ago, we were taken with Kirsty Tate and Adam Pruckner’s approachable but refined take on Sicilian soul food. The breakfast pasta also became a cult hit, so much so that in 2018, we included it as one of the recipes in the Broadsheet Italian Cookbook. Safe to say, we were happy to hear about the opening of Small Axe Deli. It’s the younger sibling that lives just a few blocks away, on Sydney Road. It’s a cosy space with a seven-metre-long terrazzo bar, and floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with Italian products – both local and imported – to take home. If you’re eating in, dishes are light and fresh, and there’s a solid panini range. There’s also a selection of ready-made, take-home meals.