The art of antipasto at Tutto Delicatessen

Sophia Brady 26 August 2020 21
Tutto Delicatessen

A little slice of Italy in the heart of Mawson. Photos: Supplied.

If you are after a little slice of Italy in Canberra, you will find it in Mawson. Between the service station and dentist on Mawson Place, just look for the constant stream of people coming in and out the doors and a crowd sitting around the outdoor tables of Tutto Delicatessen.

One-part continental delicatessen and one-part espresso bar, Tutto (which means ‘everything’ in Italian) has been providing locals with quality sumptuous imported cheeses, mouth-watering European smallgoods and exquisite Italian pantry staples for decades.

When Domenick Colucciello purchased the business two years ago, he wanted to uphold the tradition of supplying quality Italian products.

Domenick Colucciello

Domenick Colucciello purchased the business two years ago.

“Being Italian, I have always had a love of food. Many of the products we sell in the deli are a staple of my heritage and it brings me a sense of pride to share this with our customers.”

Having worked at Tutto as an employee, when the opportunity arose to purchase the business, Domenick grabbed it. He has been adding his own touch and improvements ever since.

“The business has been around for decades and is well known to locals, so we are lucky to have a loyal customer base. On the deli side, my aim was to expand on what was already established and continue to improve the business. We began making fresh pasta, homemade lasagne, pasta sauces and tiramisu, which have all been very popular,” he said.

“As for the espresso bar side of the business, we also recognised the need to provide indoor seating for our customers during the chilly Canberra winters.”

Deli counter

The deli counter is crammed full of juicy marinated olives, hanging salamis, and aromatic cheeses.

When you enter Tutto from the street, you have two choices: head right to the deli or left to the cafe.

In the deli section, there are shelves to browse full of olive oil, vinegar, pasta, the ‘good’ mineral water among other things. At the counter is temptation. It is crammed full of juicy marinated olives, hanging salamis and aromatic cheeses.

At the bar there is coffee to be ordered, tempting pastries to decide upon, or a quick panini to be purchased.

As a local, I have ordered and tried them all but my favourite thing to order for a taste of the best of both sides is the antipasto platter. That way, I get to try and eat the delicious deli goods and enjoy the atmosphere of the café.

“The antipasto platter served in the café is a selection of the most popular meats in the deli, combined with some marinated vegetables, cheeses and olives. It comes with bread (which every antipasto should be served with). It is a simple dish that’s designed to be shared with others over a drink. It encourages being together, which is important in our Italian culture,” said Domenick.

For $20, the small platter is packed full of value and tasty morsels. Stuffed marinated capsicums, plump olives, freshly sliced meats and bread are all plentiful. If you eat it sitting outside on a blue-sky Canberra day, it gives you a taste of La Dolce Vita.

Small platter

For $20 for the small platter, it is packed full of value and tasty morsels.

To enjoy the good life and create the perfect antipasto platter at home, Domenick shared his top tips.

“Keep the platter simple. Having a smaller selection of high-quality ingredients is best. Try to serve meat that is as fresh as possible. This will ensure they look appealing on the platter and taste their best. Serve cheese at room temperature and always serve with bread.”

Tutto Delicatessen is located at 142-152 Mawson Place, Mawson. It’s closed Tuesday. Check their Facebook page for opening hours.

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21 Responses to The art of antipasto at Tutto Delicatessen
Nic Salter-Harding Nic Salter-Harding 7:37 pm 28 Aug 20

This place is awesome

Carly Maree Carly Maree 10:06 am 28 Aug 20

Wow, I had seen this place driving past but didn’t realise how amazing it was inside! Will be checking it out ASAP!

Kathy Torcasio Kathy Torcasio 2:34 pm 27 Aug 20

Amazing service & definately the best deli in Canberra. ❤

Jennifer Blood Jennifer Blood 7:43 pm 26 Aug 20

My favourite coffee shop in Canberra, and my favourite deli. The best coffee and the best deli treats.

Nicholas Charpentier Nicholas Charpentier 6:30 pm 25 Aug 20

Try the amaretti biscuits!

Maria Pate Maria Pate 6:28 pm 25 Aug 20

Love this place!

Mhairi Mills Mhairi Mills 2:53 pm 25 Aug 20

Went their the other day and they were most helpful, delicious meats and cheeses, totally recommend them. I will be back 😄

Maggie McGregor Maggie McGregor 2:53 pm 25 Aug 20

One of my favourite places to shop!

Kate Boast Kate Boast 2:42 pm 25 Aug 20

Love Tutto, great coffee as well as deli. A slice of Italy in Mawson.

Bill Thompson Bill Thompson 10:24 am 25 Aug 20

There is a new continental deli near Aldi at Homeworld Tuggeranong.

Alexandre Silva Alexandre Silva 9:14 am 25 Aug 20

Best place ever for italian food !

Nola Coulson Nola Coulson 8:17 am 25 Aug 20

The best

Jacinta Klein Beaumont Jacinta Klein Beaumont 6:35 am 25 Aug 20

I agree !

Lesley Fisk Lesley Fisk 11:35 pm 24 Aug 20

For south Canberra, Tutto is the only deli other than those at the Fyshwick Markets. But on Tuesday when Tutto is shut - there is nowhere - other than the “Devon delis” at the supermarkets. What a travesty in a city our size.

Aaron Nallo Aaron Nallo 9:11 pm 24 Aug 20

This place is awesome!

Sue Harvey Sue Harvey 9:03 pm 24 Aug 20

Love Tutto

Faye Carbone Faye Carbone 8:56 pm 24 Aug 20

Simone we will have to go there

Nicole O'connor Nicole O'connor 8:43 pm 24 Aug 20

Ooo I will definitely have to pop in next time I'm in Mawson

Meredith Stefani Meredith Stefani 8:35 pm 24 Aug 20

Highly recommend

Russell Fort Russell Fort 8:21 pm 24 Aug 20

10/10 every time! 😍😍

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