389 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 8354 1223
It’s Saturday afternoon in Melbourne and it’s a balmy 21 degrees (!) as we speak. We haven’t quite hit spring just yet but hey, I’ll happily take this weather! Warmer weather also means an excuse to eat more ice cream – and lots of it.
We Aussies might be a long way from Rome but we’re nonetheless blessed to have such wonderful ice creameries and gelati stalls to satisfy our demanding foodie tastebuds. Places like Spring Street Grocer in Melbourne have boldly pushed flavour boundaries with flavours such as fior de latte gelati while Gelato Messina have been doing the same in Sydney.
My first encounter with the famous gelati franchise was at The Star in Pyrmont one year. I saw people lining up for gelati, but for some reason assumed it was one of those dime-a-dozen Trampoline joints and thought nothing of it. It was only when Marty and I happened to be in Surry Hills one morning for a spot of shopping and market browsing one afternoon. We then happened to see a Gelato Messina store across the road so we decided to give it a go –okay not really, I deftly guided us to that general direction and did the whole ‘Oh look! What do we have here! Why don’t we try it out since it’s just across the road!’
There was a sizeable crowd when I entered the store. Despite the crazy amount of customers in the store, the service was pretty quick. Pushing aside my claustrophobia, I finally made my way through the front and ordered two cups of gelati.
I can’t remember how much I paid for each cup, but I don’t remember them being overly expensive. They were well-sized though, thus representing excellent value for money. Marty went for one of the special flavours on offer that day, the Holy Goat. It was a creamy goats cheese gelato punctuated by sticky fig and walnut brownie pieces and we loved it.
I ordered two flavours because I’m greedy like that. I went for one of their staple flavours, a very refreshing blood orange sorbet, and one of their special ones called Mr Potato Head.
I dare say that the Potato Head was one of the most innovative – and one of the best – gelato flavours I’ve ever had. It was essentially a peanut butter gelato with white chocolate-coated crinkle cut potato chip pieces in it. Because a huge fan of peanut butter and being crazy in love with potato chips, this flavour screamed out my name in big, bold letters. What I really loved about the Potato Head was that it was an ice cream designed for savoury fans, but the white chocolate still made it sweet enough to call it a dessert.
If I had my way, I would have happily sampled 10 more of their flavours but unfortunately, common sense prevailed and we left the store as soon as we were finished. Messina definitely deserves its spot as one of Sydney’s best gelati spots, if not THE best. We were simply impressed by its wide range of unusual flavours – and their perfect execution of them. And here’s the best bit about this post: Messina will be opening a store in Melbourne later this year.