A visit to Mediterranean Wholesalers is a unique grocery shopping experience. After all, it is essentially a supermarket that almost exclusively stocks items of Italian flavour.
The aisles overflow with Italian goodies, including a range of fresh and dried pastas, oils and vinegars, spices, condiments, coffee and soft drinks. Furthermore, Mediterranean Wholesalers is the perfect place to stock up, as many items are available in bulk, including giant cans of olive oil. It is likely to come away with items you either did not think you needed or never knew existed.
Mediterranean Wholesalers boasts its own bakery, deli counter, liquor shop as well as a café and pasticceria. The in-house bakery is impressive and offers a tempting selection of breads that can be sliced on the spot. The fresh ciabatta bread deserves special mention, as it is baked to perfection with a crunchy crust and light fluffy centre. Meanwhile, the deli counter offers a staggering selection of cheeses, fresh and cured meats and seafood, in addition to preserved and pickled vegetables. It is possible to spend hours simply marvelling at the diverse range of foods, liquors and household goods, including coffee machines and other kitchen paraphernalia.
The café and pasticceria is a sensible addition to the complex and is a welcome pit-stop for the dedicated or perhaps overwhelmed shopper. The coffee and cakes are both very delicious and affordable – there are not too many places in Melbourne where you can still get a cup of coffee for less than three dollars. Likewise, a piece of homemade apple pie can be purchased with the loose change in your wallet.