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20 August, 2021

A total taste of Europe

OLIVERI’S Deli is an authentic, European-inspired delicatessen located in the heart of Innisfail.

By Wilma Stevens

Len and Anita

Oliveri’s Deli is an authentic, European-inspired delicatessen located in the heart of Innisfail.

The Deli offers an extensive range of gourmet delights, they endeavour to bring the most mouth-watering range of fresh and pantry products to your table.

The Deli originally began trading in the early twenties (circa 1923) as a general merchant store along Fitzgerald Esplanade under the name of Saraceni & Co.

The current Deli owners are Len and Anita Oliveri, and they purchased the delicatessen in September 1983.

When they purchased the deli, it was in a depressed state due to the opening of Woolworths supermarket and 6 months later they were confronted with the additional opening of a Coles

Despite this, Len and Anita stayed in their own little world learning the trade and slowly introducing new products, trying to keep the local Italian and ethnic community happy.

Even though a lot of customers flocked to the supermarkets, they managed to hold onto a loyal customer following and still do today.

As time passed, they began selling to the sons, daughters and grandchildren of those loyal customers and it is they who have made the business flourish.

They have gained the confidence of the next generation by supplying products and advice giving their customers the ability to make meals ‘just like mama use to make’.

Len and Anita have 3 main focuses in the deli, customer service, product knowledge and quality products.

They have been loyal to their original suppliers like their customers.

The suppliers have helped the business thorough good times and in bad.

The original coffee supplier is Bushells Robert Timms and is still being used today and is known as “the best coffee in town”.

The Deli offers a wide range of services along with products.

Customers can order personalised hampers, gift baskets, picnic packs, lunches to go, finger food and sandwich platters.

Oliveri’s Deli is also a strong supporter of the Innisfail and the Far North Queensland community, participating in local events and donating to local charities as a way to say thank you and giving back to the business’s many supporters.

Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Len, Anita and staff invite you to drop in and share in the beautiful town that is Innisfail, and if you require any assistance, they are only too happy to help and will happily recommend some of their favourites in the area.

Orders can be placed in advance by calling ahead on 4061 3354 or be created while you watch.

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