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The best Italian providores in Sydney

The best Italian providores in Sydney

There's something a little special about winter evenings spent picking at oily, fragrant Italian antipasti over a glass of red and some good conversation. Whether you’re after Neapolitan pastries, milky buffalo mozzarella, killer cured meats or just a bottle of top-notch olive oil from Italy’s ancient groves, these delis, bakeries, shops and providores are where you’ll find the best Italian produce in Sydney. Wondering where to pick up that bottle? Here are the best Sydney bottle shops that deliver. If you’re packing your goodies up in a wicker basket, here’s our pick of the 20 best picnic spots in Sydney.  RECOMMENDED: Go out safely by following Sydney's social distancing rules. 

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Zanetti Five Star Delicatessen

Zanetti Five Star Delicatessen

Angelo Zanetti’s deli follows a family tradition started by his parents in 1957, when theystarted a fruit and veg shop where Italian immigrants could get their favourite productsfrom their homeland. Zanetti sells cheeses, juices, biscotti and pasta from all over Italy,but it prides itself of his Alba truffles, a delicacy harvested from Northern Italy. 

Deli Mercato

Deli Mercato

Deli Mercato’s olives are the right blend of Italian origins and Australian hard work.Owner Nancy Rafanaci Murdica brings them to Sydney all the way from Gaeta, in thecentral Italian region of Latio, near Rome, and then marinates them in the deli. If it’s notolives that you’re after however, Deli Mercato offers one of Sydney’s mostcomprehensive displays of Italian produce in Australia, from tuna to Panettone, plus themost famous biscotti brands like Mulino Bianco. They even stock Italian cleaningproducts. Why? Because, in Nancy’s words, ‘people need to feel at home even whenthey’re on the other side of the world and their favourite brands from back home play ahuge part in achieving that’.    

Paesanella Food Emporium

Paesanella Food Emporium

These guys were one of the first pioneers to bring Italian cheeses to Australia – they’ve been making traditional mozzarella in their Marrickville-based shop since 1958. Umberto Somma and his wife Teresa originally opened Paesanella, and sons Joseph and Max now carry on the shop’s legacy. It’s where you go for quality bocconcini, cherry bocconcini, fior di latte, burrata, mascarpone and ricotta, all made in the Marrickville deli. Their buffalo mozzarella is probably the best and cheapest you can find in Sydney ($6 a round), while their fresco cheese ($13.50) is a healthy, less salty alternative to haloumi that tastes just as good pan-fried. 

Delizie Di Casa

Delizie Di Casa

Bringing Italian meats to Australia is trickier than you think. According to DanielIannello from family-owned, 10-year-old Redfern Italian deli Delizie di Casa,products need to be aged for at least 400 days before they make it through customs.That’s why their Prosciutto San Daniele, which is one of the few products that meetsthose requirements, is one of their bestsellers.

Pasticceria Tamborrino

Pasticceria Tamborrino

For Italian bakers, butter is the enemy. You need it, but you shouldn’t taste it: that’s what differentiates real Italian pastries from mass-produced croissants. Enter Pasticceria Tamborrino. This bakery was opened in 2002 in Five-Dock by husband and wife Vincenzo and Cristina Tamborrino who are both pastry chefs who spent more than 15 years perfecting their craft in Rome before moving to Sydney. Try their assortment of Southern Italian pastries, like the baba’ (small yeast cakes saturated in syrup made with rum and filled with whipped cream), lobster tail (a fragrant pastry filled with Chantilly cream) or the light yet indulgent ricotta-filled sfogliatelle.    

Osteria Emilia

Osteria Emilia

The Pasta Emilia team make all their certified organic pastas and sauces in their kitchen connected to their trattoria-like Surry Hills restaurant. Pasta Emilia’s truffle cream sauce, which they make with fine mushrooms and features a surprising spicy kick is their most popular product among their pasta-craving clientele. You can eat it in, and it’s sold in the deli downstairs for you to take home for round two. Pair it up their house-made tortelli, filled pasta that comes in ten different flavours. We recommend matching the truffle cream with the pumpkin and mostarda or beetroot and chevre tortelli.