I had a conversation with a friend recently about my 5 favourite places in Fitzroy. I’m not sure I ever made a definitive list but Casa Iberica is on it. When I occasionally don’t know what to cook I go there and buy random ingredients, which always inspires me. Although you can’t actually have lunch at Casa Iberica, locals will know that you can buy freshly made rolls to take away for lunch. $8.50 buys a large ciabatta filled with jamon, cheese, olives and fresh tomato.
The difference between this and most other takeaway rolls is the quality of the ingredients – good Spanish jamon and manchego cheese with firm pitted green olives (hidden under the jamon). You really can taste the difference. Once you’ve had one of these, you won’t want a sandwich from anywhere else in Fitzroy.