A new neighbourhood deli, sandwich shop and cannoleria arrives in Altona.
At the heart Altona’s Pier Street is the newly opened Matteo’s Delicatessen (Matteo’s) a European-inspired neighbourhood deli, sandwich shop and cannoleria established by west-side locals Jayden Costello and Matthew Defina.
With a vibrant green shopfront and a handful of streetside seating, Matteo’s opens up into a crisp white deli space serving up coffee from Industry Beans, Wonder Pies by Ray Capaldi and baguettes and ciabatta sandos created by Jayden Costello, Matthew Defina and Sam Pinzone.
Specials on rotation and popular daily offerings include:
• Matteo’s Meatball Sub with parmesan, ricotta salata, sugo and Matteo’s
• Matteo’s Original with cold cuts, green olives, roasted capsicum, eggplant,
basil pesto and provolone cheese
• Cold cuts with your choice of two meats, lettuce, chilli pickles, cheese,
capsicum pesto and kewpie mayo
• The Real Italian with mozzarella, basil, tomato, basil pesto, eggplant and
Part casual cafe, part grocer Matteo’s Italian pantry staples range from oils, Italian dips, pastas, cured meats, cheeses from That’s Amore and Calendar Cheese, antipasto, biscuits and a selection of frozen items, along with breads and cakes from Noisette and Ned’s bakery, and cannoli from Cannoleria. Hard-to-find specialty items including Salted Lescure Butter, El Navarrico peaches in syrup, and Yamato Sweet Vinegar with Ginger can also be purchased.
Originally conceived as an added deli offering in Costello’s La Bodega Barbers, Williamstown, the joint venture between Jayden Costello and Matthew Defina grew into what is now Matteo’s Delicatessen with the help of hospitality consultant Sam Pinzone.
“We’re a small shop with big dreams and we’re here to shake up the hospitality offerings in the West. During lockdown, we realised the neighbourhood was missing something and we wanted to step things up and start a destination for quality deli goods and sangas. All of our sandwiches have been created by the three of us and we are excited to share our love of food with the west,” says Costello.
Defina adds: “My love for food and quality produce was instilled early on. We’ve made sure to fill Matteo’s with exactly that – quality products and produce we know and love.”
Matteo’s Delicatessen is now open for deli favourites, classic flavours and smooth coffee seven days a week, with a liquor licence in the works.
30 Pier Street, Altona VIC 3018
03 9078 4441
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