*Edit: Deli’s Continental have opened a permeant location in Inglewood. You can read about it here. The Maylands pop-up is no longer operating.
PERTH | The continental roll. It’s hard to explain to someone who’s not from Perth why it’s so special. “It’s just an Italian roll yeah?” they say. “Well technically yes, but it’s so much more than that” is my response. It’s hard to explain. I always try to have a few “conti rolls” when I’m back in Perth. The famed Re Store, is always a good option, and most people have a local favourite too.
When I heard that there was a new continental roll pop-up in town, with murmurings of their rolls being “the best in town” I knew I had to investigate. Mates Stev Makhlouta and Aldo Putzu launched Deli’s Continental in December last year. It operates out of the kitchen of pizzeria Rossonero Pizza, where Stev and Aldo are pizza chefs. When you set out to make the best continental rolls in a town where everyone has an opinion on what’s best, there no room for error.
The boys have combined their love of conti rolls with their knowledge and experience working in kitchens around the country to create a roll that’s more than a bit special. The rolls are baked fresh each day after fermenting overnight using a recipe that took Aldo two months to perfect. Baked in the woodfired pizza oven, they have the perfect soft, fluffy inside and crunchy exterior.
Inside the roll, it’s the perfect proportion of quality ingredients that give you a hit of all give flavour elements with each bite. There’s an ajvar-like capsicum paste, mortadella, Hungarian salami, casalinga, pecorino-style cheese, mild pickled chillies, tomato, red onion, and lettuce. It comes together oh so well.
Perth’s best conti roll? It’s a bold claim, but it’s one that I’m happy to make (my old favourite who I shall not name has unfortunately gone downhill, as I discovered during this recent Perth visit, Re Store is still great though). If you want to try one, make sure you get there early. Only 35 rolls are made per day.
18 Lyric Lane
Western Australia 6051
Tue – Sat: 10:00am to 2:00pm