I went to school with a girl called Julie Buongiorno. Could you get a better name? Rhythmic, upbeat and happy. Certainly almost as cheery is the name A. Bongiovanni, or maybe it's just the delighted mood this brand new supermarket has put Seddon residents in.
Firstly, "supermarket" isn't really the right term. There's no toilet paper or Spray n' Wipe here - produce store is perhaps a better descriptor.
Organic fruit and vegies (bummer about the packaging! At least the bases are recyclable).
Key-ooooot packs of unique-variety spuds...
...plus an impressive loose range including Dutch Creams, kipflers and more. (Love this new trend of supermarkets having something other than just white and red potatoes. I have even seen Dutch Creams in Coles.)
Organic beef! And best of all, not nothing but organic porterhouse and eye fillet with correspondingly eye-watering price tags - there's organic blade and chuck, cheap(er) and perfect for the slow cooker.
Cheeses galore, many from smaller-scale producers. Around the corner are cheddars in fetching wax blankets plus fresh bocconcini and mozzarella. A bummer is that there's no actual deli counter - everything, including hams and olives, are prepacked.
Like, if they didn't stock khorasan twists, I was totally, like, going to boycott them. (It's some sort of ancient grain.)
When Jalna just isn't enough - an incredible variety of small producer yoghurts, including a hard-to-find favourite of mine, Coyo, which is 100% coconut milk yoghurt. It is...... utterly...... DIVINE.
Next time I have bad news, I am totally going to rent a rom com from Network Video and buy a bag of flax chips to cry into. How can bad news be bad when you have flax chips?
But wait, there's more. Jock's ice cream!
Gluten-free pink lamingtons! (Pink lamingtons - yet another Ms Baklover shameful food secret.)
Yes! (Although why not local Alligator Pasta?)
Persian fairy floss in many flavours!!! BREATHE......BREATHE!!!
Now, some things are not cheap (refried beans for $8 can?)...
...but there are bargains - David Thompson-approved fish sauce (Megachef) plus accompanying premium oyster sauce for a meagre $2.39 a bottle.
My haul, including Careme all-butter pastry, as approved by Stephanie Alexander; mango Coyo (you MUST try this - so good); and all-natural prawn bisque from Tassie. You don't want to know how much this cost, though. I would take a picture of the steam emanating from my wallet, but my camera lens is too fogged up.
Despite my silly jokes, this is a very exciting, VERY welcome addition to the inner west. If I'm not careful, it will become:
(care of the wonderful Seddon Wine Store, conveniently located opposite).
A. Bongiovanni & Son (Facebook)
176-178 Victoria Street, Seddon
Phone: 9689 8669
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
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