Welcome to Melbourne, Gelato Messina.
The famous Sydney gelateria serves gelato that’s been voted the best in Australia by the Good Food Guide and it has just set up its first interstate, and biggest, operation on the inner north’s ever-burgeoning eat street, Smith Street Fitzroy.
If the early crowds are anything to go by (especially during the summery weather we’ve been experiencing lately) they did well to occupy a large space in order to cater to the hungry hoards of ice cream eaters.
And if you thought you could resist, wait till you walk down Smith Street and spot that telltale green and orange cup being spooned clean every 5 metres. Once I was walking home minding my own business and a kid yelled at me from his pram ‘I’m going to eat ice-cream!’. It really is that exciting, for young and old alike.
The gelateria scoops out over 40 permanent flavours and a rotation of special limited edition flavours and all the gelato is made in-house. You can spot the chefs churning gelato through the glass inside the store that’s framed by a colourful mural showcasing the Fitzroy locale.
The chefs also make everything that goes in the ice cream – if it calls for apple pie then they’ll bake an apple pie before smashing it into gelato. The same with the chocolate brownies.
I tried the creamy PX, a creamy riff on a classic rum and raising ice cream, and some of the pistachio, one of the few nut gelato I’ve tasted which actually felt like ground nuts on my tongue. Apparently these pistachios come all the way from Italy! If you like nut-based gelato, the almost savoury notes to the pistachio makes it a spectacular flavour sensation.
And if you’re after an ice cream cake for your next gathering, look no further than the delightful domes being created at Gelato Messina. I particularly like the look of the Bombe Alaska ($55 and feeds 14 people!). Now, for an excuse to eat that giant mushroom ice cream cake…
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