While the Hall Street shop – tucked behind Harris Farm and near CicciaBella – has sold deli goods for a while, it’s now expanded its range. The new cabinet is stacked with cured meats (such as salamis and prosciutto imported from Italy) and hard and soft cheeses. There are also breads, olives and goods preserved in olive oil, such as roasted tomatoes, capsicum and artichokes.
The meats are sliced to order on shiny equipment (also imported from Italy), so you can get a couple of slices of beef salami or smoked chicken to take home – or served in an inexpensive sandwich to-go (we recommend the prosciutto and ricotta on a French stick enjoyed at the nearby beach). If you dine in, there’s a grazing platter of the deli’s finest items served with truffle chips and Sicilian orange jam; vino; and a great summer drink – cremino caffe, an Italian-style iced coffee cream. Other savoury items include arancini, pizza and toasted paninis.
Behind the counter are the words “Papa knows best” – and he quite possibly does. Owner Salvatore Papa has been feeding Sydney Italian sweets for over 30 years. Here he stays true to that mission, with cannoli, tarts, bigne (cream puffs), mini-cakes, pastries and biscuits.
“Our pasticceria has changed with new displays, but you’ll still find our classics here,” he tells Broadsheet. “There’s our baked ricotta cake and some new additions to our range, like caramel eclairs and white-chocolate mousse eclairs with berries.”
The gelato cabinet is stocked with more than a dozen flavours – from the traditional (chocolate, stracciatella, tiramisu, strawberry) to the more experimental (bubblegum, mango-chocolate and a blue number with prosecco, coconut and mango).