Lady Lunchalot hits the Med

If you’re into Italian food and plenty of it, you’re stepping through the gates of paradise the moment you enter Brunswick’s Mediterranean Wholesaler.

This place is a catalogue for the confirmed Italophile, and is a nostalgic step back into the smells of nonna’s kitchen. Any place that has an entire aisle dedicated to pasta is alright by me.

O and I made the pilgrimage to MW on the weekend to stock up on some supplies. I tend to go a little nuts when I visit this supermarket, so it was a good thing he was there to rein me in. We did the obligatory bulk purchase of all the staples in my kitchen: cartons of tinned tomatoes, olive oil, pasta, and we threw in a few goodies for fun. I found some mozzarella di buffala which promptly became a couple of calzones for dinner on Sunday night (with salami, anchovies, olives, garlic, various herbs) . I had a little trouble with the dough and it didn’t rise the way I wanted it to. I think the kitchen was a little too cold for the yeast (bloody Melbourne), so I took the dough into the living room to rise next to the heater for a while.

My pizza stone has been baptised now – one of my calzones had a Vesuvial eruption of cheese, leaving a burnt stain across the surface. O loves it. He gave me that pizza stone for Christmas, and he likes that it looks a little more worn (like most of the things in my kitchen).

As a Mediterranean Wholesaler virgin, O was quite gobsmacked at the range of items the supermarket carried. He was particularly impressed with the pasticceria, so we ordered a tray of biscuits that tasted so much like my dearly departed nanna’s that I wanted to hang her rosary beads back on my kitchen door. The biscuits didn’t last long. Once we had loaded all the food in the car there was a frenzy of glace cherries, almond paste and chocolate buds and it was all over before you could say “mangi!”.

I always look upon the world a little more softly when my pantry is full of pasta.

4 comments on Lady Lunchalot hits the Med

  1. Arbitrary Doll
    July 19, 2006 at 11:33 am (15 years ago)

    Mediterranean Wholesalers on Syd Rd is like heaven! Just down a bit and around the corner from MW is Mama Lucia’s cheese factory. You can buy ricotta so fresh it’s still warm!!!!!!

  2. Lady Lunchalot
    July 19, 2006 at 11:39 am (15 years ago)

    Wow! I am sooo going there. I’ve never heard of that place. There’s is nothing quite like fresh ricotta.


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  1. […] My day started with a trip back to the Mediterranean Wholesalers in Brunswick, where I stocked up on passata, olives, mozzarella, salami, and other items that make life worthwhile. I wanted a wide variety of pasta to choose from, as the texture of the pasta in timpano is very important. You don’t want pasta that is too big or small, as it will squish down under the weight of all the other ingredients and become too dense. You can use any type of cylindrical pasta for timpano: bucatini, rigatoni, penne, even maybe big macaroni. I chose a ridged diagonal penne where you could actually see the fold in the pasta rather than having one smooth tube. […]

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