Food and Drink

What is A ‘Conti Roll’? And Why Can You Only Get It In Western Australia?

The rest of Australia needs it.

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If you were to ask anyone on the street on Australia’s east coast what a ‘conti roll’ was, they’d most likely have absolutely no idea. Yet, in Perth, the conti roll is not just known of—it’s a local icon.

Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world. The capital of Western Australia is actually closer to East Timor, and Jakarta than it is Sydney or Melbourne. So, how did a city such as Perth, which has a lower Italian population than some of Australia’s other cities become the home of the Italian sandwich in Australia?

Perth’s ‘continental roll’ or ‘conti roll’ as its more commonly known has its origins back in the 1950s when John Re—who opened The Re Store in Northbridge—started selling sandwiches after he noticed customers were often buying rolls and stuffing them with meats and cheese from The Re Store deli.

John’s father, Giuseppe Re, immigrated to Australia in 1894 settling in Fremantle and opening a deli to supply miners a decade later. Giuseppe and Carolina Re had ten sons who worked in the business, with John (Giovanni) opening a fruit and vegetable shop in 1931 before opening the original Re Store in Northbridge in 1936.

The conti roll is what is mostly known elsewhere as an Italian sandwich, a submarine, hoagie, hero, grinder, or wedge, and is believed to have been invented in Maine in the early 20th century. First, you take a crusty long bread roll, and will it with cheese, Italian cold cuts like mortadella, salami, or coppa, and then top it with condiments. The rest of what goes into the roll is entirely up to you, but you’d expect to see eggplant, olives, capsicum, tomatoes, as well as classic Australian salad roll staples such as beetroot, or grated carrot.

There’s no shortage of amazing conti rolls available in Perth. Here are the best spots to get your hands on one.

The Best Conti Rolls In Perth

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