Best Continental Rolls in Perth
Sliced cold cuts, salty cheese and oil-marinated antipasti in a perfectly crunchy and soft baguette. How can such a simple combo inspire such fanfare, across so many generations? The continental roll dates back to the ’50s, when new Italian migrants would order rolls after their market shop and line them with deli meats and cheese. Around the same time, grocers like Di Chiera and The Re Store started selling the sandwich, “panino Italiano”, which eventually evolved to become WA’s beloved continental roll (or conti roll for short).
Today, you’ll find lunch-hour roll production lines right across Perth. Yet they’re no longer confined to the deli section of your local European grocer. There’s a slew of dedicated sandwich shops, bakeries and smallgoods producers that have joined the conti roll-volution.
And they’re all doing it a little differently, with contis that cater to every taste. Whether you’re a purist and want your roll strictly served with cold cuts, antipasti and cheese; or to add crisp lettuce, carrot and rounds of tomato. Whether you prefer a crunchy baguette, with that ulcer-inducing outer layer, or a soft and buttery panini. Here are some of the best places in Perth to get your mitts around a superb conti roll.