The continental roll should be a regular on any sandwich lover’s playlist. Crispy on the outside and cloud-like in the middle, stuffed with the finest Italian meats and plenty of cheese, all loaded up with plenty of antipasti—there’s nothing not to love.
And in case there was any question around just how much we love them here in Perth, local legend, Premier Mark McGowan, has today announced the classic conti roll as the official sandwich of WA, alongside our official coffee, the long mac topped up. April Fools joke or not, we reckon it’s pretty bang on.
If you’re in the mood for one of the best continental rolls in Perth, whether it’s a classic or served up with a twist, here’s where to start.
La Mortazza Cafe & Deli
North Perth has just scored a gorgeous little Italian deli and cafe stocked to the brim with delish European goodies, cold cut meats and top-tier cheeses. Their contis are made fresh to order, so you can tailor your fillings however you like.
The Re Store
Northbridge & Leederville
The Re Store, often quoted as the creator of the continental roll, or quite simply, ‘the roll,’ has been a big player on Perth’s conti roll scene for decades. You’ll have to join the lunch-time queue and wade through rows of pasta, Italian biscuits and jars of antipasto goodness while you think about what to add to your incoming roll. We’d suggest the oil-cured veggies, pickled eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes. This place will become a regular on your lunchtime list.
Enter Deli’s Continental, the continental roll pop-up started by two local pizza chefs that sent Perth’s conti fanatics into a spin. They’ve been known to sell out within the hour, they’re that good, with the fresh baked bread a pretty big reason why. Those pizza dough-making skills have been used to create the perfect chewy yet crunchy roll using a mix of yeast and sourdough. It smells like pizza, but with all the conti goodness you love.
Stepping inside Stirling IGA will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a corner store in Sicily. The classic is a great place to start, loaded with their three meat combo— salami, mortadella and ham—a good few slices of cheese and plenty of salad. If you feel like venturing out, grab the Italian with all of the above plus an assortment of antipasto goodies. Check out the aisle dedicated entirely to pasta on your way out.
The Panini Bar
Owned by the family behind award-winning Crimea Butcher, The Panini Bar serves up some seriously good Italian food. If you can manage to walk past the cannoli and onto the conti rolls, you’ll be in for a treat. You can opt for the classic or go nuts and grab something new like their Italian pork and fennel sausage with roasted capsicum and rapini—a delicious green vegetable that surely makes this a healthy lunchtime treat.
Montello on Main
Montello dishes out a super fresh continental roll using only the best bread and local ingredients going round. Order the prosciutto and provolone for a flavour explosion or try the classic loaded with ham and mortadella. Buy a container or three of home-cooked pasta on your way out and you’re all set for a day of Italian deliciousness.
Angelo St Market
In the spot that used to be Scutti’s, Angelo St Market is under new management and it’s stocked full of fresh local produce and gourmet groceries that you won’t be able to resist. Stop for a coffee and order a conti roll full of fresh antipasto, more Italian cold meats than you can handle and a good serving of some imported Italian cheese. We promise you won’t regret it. Oh, and let’s not forget about their giant 1.2m conti roll which is made in collaboration with the good guys at North Street Store.
Your one-stop-shop for luxe groceries, fresh flowers and everything in between, Black Truffle stocks some of the best meats and cheeses known to man. This of course equals a sublime conti roll, so if Freo’s your hang, we suggest you head there stat.
The Dutch Butcher
The Dutch Butcher is the proud home to many a Dutch delicacy as well as a drool-worthy list of sandwiches and rolls. You can go the classic meat and cheese combo or experiment with a chicken schnitty, roast eggplant, capsicum and olives. Just be sure to go here with an empty stomach as the rolls are huge and piled high with every topping your heart desires
Passione Gourmet Deli Café
Head to Passione to stock up on antipasto, cheese, doughnuts and pizza—the best of everything we know in life. While you’re there, it would be rude not to try a conti roll your Nonna would be proud of. If you’re feeling adventurous, this amazing little spot dishes out some pretty sweet specials—think a delicious focaccia filled with a chicken parmi and stracciatella cheese bliss.
Lo Presti & Sons
Established in 1932 as the Fremantle General Store, Lo Presti & Sons is famous for serving up one of Perth’s best conti rolls. Loaded with any and every Italian ingredient known to man, you’ll have some real fun making up your dream conti concoction at this charming little deli.
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