A lot goes into a great sandwich shop. Quality bread. Great fillings. High-quality coffee, and these days, visual aesthetics, and pretty epic vibes.
After extensive research, four blokes from the inner-city suburb of Eastwood believe they’ve cracked the code to a great sarnie and will be opening a brand new sandwich shop in three weeks time.
In addition to favourites like the good ol’ Rueben, Pinco Deli will be embodying “radical Italian” flavours and interiors, taking inspiration from Italian sandwich shop, All’Antico Vinaio – self-proclaimed to be some of the best street food in the world.
“There’s this place in Italy called All’Antico Vinaio. If you google their sandwiches, they’re super simple but very well done. That’s probably the closest reference to want we want to do,” said Elijah Makris of Pinco Deli.
Adelaide has a few great sandwich shops, but Melbourne’s sandwich shop scene has exploded in recent years. After a lot of research, Melbourne trips and sandwich-tasting, Elijah says the key to a great ‘wich is simple.
“A great flavour combination, mixed with simplicity and high-level ingredients,” Elijah says, is all it takes. Simple as that.
Visualise Marino Meat salami, staked high with mozzarella, basil, chilli, tomatoes, pastrami, pickled onions, and other delicious ingredients – all held together in a fluffy white focaccia.
Co-Founders of design agency Studio Mazi, Elijah Makris and Saba Maghsoudi, are spearheading the marketing and operations side of the business respectively. Ben Pankhurst of Croydon roastery Willow Bend and Chef Jarrah Gardener will be handling the coffee and food.
“Jarrah [previously the chef at the Scenic Hotel] handles the food operations side. Ben is a coffee roaster and supplier, so he’ll be super coffee-focussed. I’ve handled the whole design and branding process, while Saba is the operations management guy that makes everything happen,” said Elijah.
After a few hold-ups with furniture, the finishing touches such as painting, lights and printing are the only things standing in the way of opening.
To stay up to date, keep an eye on Pinco Deli’s Instagram page.
Pinco Deli will open at 1/73-79 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood in mid-July.