By Em Worthington
When you think “proudly South Australian”, the Romeo’s family springs to mind and by golly, we LOVE them for all the reasons under the sun.
You’d be hard pressed to find many businesses who have SA flowing through their veins like Romeo’s, with their family owned supermarkets all over our state for over 30 years, plus more in NSW too.
And not content to settle there, Romeo’s have recently opened the doors to their new store in Kilkenny and given their Croydon store a major revamp, giving you even more options to shop locally.
Every store is jam-packed with the freshest and highest quality produce and browsing their aisles will make your SA heart swell with pride when you feast your eyes on oodles of local brands. Premium meat, fresh veggies, tasty fruit, bread, pasta, premium dairy, eggs… you name it, they’ve got the best from our own backyard.
Just a taste of the incredible South Aussie brands on offer, here are 25 reasons to head to your nearest Romeo’s…
1. San Remo
Nothing says a hearty home-cooked Italian meal like San Remo! Their premium pasta and sauces have been filling bellies and hearts for over 80 years… delizioso!
Want to know the secret ingredient to bringing your dishes to life? G-Fresh herbs, spices and seasonings take an ordinary dish and make the flavours do a little tap dance on your tongue.
For those unexpected moments when people drop in, Kytons has your back! Their award-winning home-style baking can be conveniently stored in your fridge, freezer or pantry and they’re ridiculously yummy!
4. Spring Gully
Exquisite taste is the name of the game with Spring Gully’s incredible range of pickles, sauces, relishes, chutneys, mustards, honey, jams and fruit spreads… add them to your platter, sandwich or meal for a taste explosion.
There’s a flavour of Moo’s Premium Yoghurt for everybody and the best place to fall in love with them one-by-one, is the dairy aisle in Romeo’s.
6. Perry’s Bakery
Two words… Perry’s Sourdough! One bite of any of their scrumptious gourmet breads and you’ll be toast.
7. Maggie Beer
SA royalty, Maggie Beer’s delightful range of cheeses, sauces, marinades, meals, soups and condiments are guaranteed to impress when you’re looking for something with a special touch.
Nothing goes down like a Nippy’s OJ and there’s a reason these guys have been a household name for over 50 years. Check out their expanded range of premium citrus fruit, juices and flavoured milks next time you need a little zing in your day.
If you want cream of the crop in cheese and fine foods, check out the Beston’s range… you’d be crackers not to give it a whirl!
Getting your pie, pasty, cake and sweet treat fix is easy as ABC when Romeo’s stock a wide range of Balfours goodies.
Who could ever have dreamt that one of SA’s greatest icons would be a tiny brown ball of chocolate hiding fruit? The sight of a bright orange pack can make anyone’s day one million times better — and that’s a fact.
EVOO that packs a punch, Pendleton’s products are so much more than just for cooking. With their huge range of flavoured oils (vanilla bean infused extra virgin olive oil will take your pancakes to the next level) and dukkah, every single dish you make will be an explosion of flavours.
13. La Vera Cheese
Always putting a cheesy grin on our faces, this local brand has all your cheese-based dreams covered. Whether you’re throwing together a platter or tossing together a salad, they’ve truly got a cheese for every occasion.
Give us a platter packed with smallgoods from Barossa Fine Foods or a tray full of BBQ meat any day of the week! Their incredible range of tasty treats are best for munching with friends and family for a truly good time.
15. Tucker’s Natural
Make your next platter A-grade with Tucker’s natural crackers, gourmet bites and dukkha… add wine and everyone’s having a ball!
16. Paris Creek
From fresh bio-dynamic milk to indulgent yoghurts and desserts, these guys put the pizzazz in organic dairy.
17. Enzo’s At Home
You don’t need to sneak a little Italian chef into your house to have beautiful home-cooked pasta and sauces when you can conveniently grab Enzo’s At Home on the way home from work.
18. Gaganis Bros
When it comes to top-notch fine foods, Gaganis Bros have got the goods! Open the door to exceptional Aussie flour, dry beans, dairy products and honey, plus an incredible selection of gourmet dips, authentic Greek and Turkish style coffee, nibbles, garlic products and more more more!
A happy chook makes a good egg, and that’s exactly what you can expect from Barossa Free Range Eggs. Start the day off sunny-side up with a couple of good quality, local eggs on toast. Perfect!
20. Thomas Farms
Feed the whole fam with Thomas Farms’ meat range. They’ve done the hard yards and handpicked some of the best farms around Australia, so you know what you’re eating is truly as good as it gets.
21. Buona Pasta
Convenience has never been so tasty! Grab a traditional Italian meal from these guys when you next do your shop and your brood will be thinking you’ve whipped up an Italian feast like a pro.
A birthday, a celebration, a big hug or just because… you can grab swoon-worthy flowers from Romeo’s with their delightful creations from Hilltop Fresh Flowers.
23. Slape & Sons
Walk through the doors of Slape & Sons, and you’ll see about a million Slape family members — that’s how family-focussed this SA biz is! Sausages are their game, and man are they delicious. Chicken, Pumpkin & Fetta? Get in my belly.
Quenching your thirst is the name of the game for the Bickford’s crew who’ve been around for over 175 years! Their cordials, syrups, juices and iced coffee are staples in our houses.
Pasta peeps rejoice… there are even more options for traditional Italian pasta that cooks like a dream and doesn’t break the bank! Check out Balducci’s wheat and gluten free pasta that comes in every shape under the sun. Squisito!
Let’s face it… shopping local has never been so important! Head into your local Romeo’s and know that apart from the best goodies, you’ll be supporting so many of SA’s own farmers, bakers, growers and producers, plus other incredible Australian brands — and that’s the kind of spirit that we love to sing from the rooftops!