Tipo 00 team opens Brunswick East Grana delicatessen and wine shop

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The Type 00 the crew turned on the lights of Grana, their adjoining wine shop and delicatessen Pizzeria Figlia in Brunswick East. The slender space offers a range of first-class charcuterie, wine, canned fish, olive oil and other goodies, as well as cheese from in-house cheesemaker Lucy Whitlow.

Whitlow, Tipo’s executive pastry chef and his siblings, started nerding with curd during Melbourne’s 2020 shutdowns, shifting from homesteading to supplying group restaurants.

Now his cheeses are proudly displayed in the humidity-controlled refrigerators that line a wall of Grana. Two tommes are currently on sale – a miso and an orange peel-wrapped variety – as well as Whitlow’s ricotta-filled tangerines, a fun alternative to adding a soft cheese to a board.

About 15 more people are joining Whitlow’s Wheels (the name of her business), including buffalo mozzarella, county and fior di latte, from Italy, France, Switzerland and closer to home.

Charcuterie includes locally made capocollo, salami salsiccia Sarda from Salumi Australia in Byron Bay and items from Parma Smallgoods in South Australia. The bread comes from Ovens Street Bakery in Brunswick.

“If you’re going to someone’s house for dinner or lunch, we want to be that store you go to to get everything you need,” says Luke Skidmore, co-owner of Grana with partners Andreas Papadakis and Alberto Fava.

The wine selection is extensive and covers all corners of the map, with an emphasis on minimal intervention winemaking. Vermouth also joins the party.

In a few weeks, tastings will take place on Saturday mornings and, next year, masterclasses could be organized in the space.

While panini and coffee plans were initially pitched, the team decided to focus on Grana as a grocer. Ona’s filter coffee will however be available.

Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

331 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, granadeli.com

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