Looking for carefully selected European or Australian cheeses and hard to find produce? Or perhaps you're after imported goods from Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal or South America? Or Australian prosciutto crudo on the bone? Look no further than the humble Dulwich Hill town centre on Marrickville Road, where you'll find well-established Gino and Mary's and newcomer The Larder. Now really, is a suburb complete without a well-stocked delicatessen?
The Larder (Epicerie Fine) opened in April 2011 and is full of charm and potential. French owner Dominique (pictured below) was inspired to open a good food store that specialised in great quality local and imported cheeses and other interesting/hard to find produce. His idea was to help his customers learn to appreciate different cheeses by changing his selection on a regular basis.
As well as the fabulous cheese selection (it is one of only two stockists in Sydney of the Bruny Island raw milk cheese C2), drop by the Larder for duck stock, duck confit, grasse d'oie, grasse de canard, Gokoko chocolate from the Blue Mountains, quinoa, both black and white varieties of chia seeds, Brasserie breads and even organic baby foods. Plans for the near future include in store tastings and expansion into charcuterie.
The Larder, 489 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill 2203.
A little closer to New Canterbury Road and on the other side of Marrickville Road is the well-established Gino and Mary's. I've always loved this place - particularly the Sicilian olives and freshly made taramasalata. I also love it because I can find things here that just aren't easy to find in the big supermarket chains, like black beans, good anchovies in olive oil and tapenades.
Gino and Mary took over the deli in 2000, however it has been a Dulwich Hill institution for over 50 years. According to Gino (pictured below), it's all about delivering freshness and quality and caters or everyone in the local multicultural community. There are specialty cheeses from Greece as well as a range of Brazilian foods. Specialties include homemade salami, Australian prosciutto crudo and home-marinated olives on the bone. Small goods are mainly imported from Italy, Spain and Portugal. Specialty homemade Swiss and Italian breads and Italian biscuits are also popular. While you're there, why not pick up a coffee machine as well...or even some vegetable seeds?!
Gino and Mary's Continental Delicatessen, 560 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill 2003