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Review: Gelato Messina Surry Hills (Sydney NSW)

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.

Cup 1: Holy Goat; and Cup 2: Mr Potato Head and blood orange sorbet

Cup 1: Holy Goat; and Cup 2: Mr Potato Head and blood orange sorbet

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.

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17 Comments on Review: Gelato Messina Surry Hills (Sydney NSW)

  1. Pradeep
    August 31, 2013 at 14:08 (3 years ago)

    Libby I am ice cream freak here…

    You have totally disturbed my mind today…

    Yum Yummmy….

  2. CCU
    August 31, 2013 at 14:14 (3 years ago)

    Haha I think is absolutely brilliant, I want to visit here again! It has been so long 😀
    And potato head? Count me in!


    • Pradeep
      August 31, 2013 at 14:22 (3 years ago)


  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 31, 2013 at 19:30 (3 years ago)

    I love Messina! They just nail gelato and trends so well. There’s always a queue-well except once when I went really super early but one formed shortly after 😛

  4. Catherine
    August 31, 2013 at 20:00 (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait until they open up in Melbourne!!
    I was going to visit N2 last night after Saint Crispin but after doing 2 rounds trying to find parking, I gave up haha not worth it for me… yet!

  5. cquek
    September 1, 2013 at 02:01 (3 years ago)

    Waw! I am ready to lick the screen,

  6. Hannah
    September 1, 2013 at 09:53 (3 years ago)

    I love that Australia is finally cottoning on to peanut butter AND salty/sweet AND potato chips as epic dessert ingredients. Keep it up, country of mine. Keep it up.

    • libishski
      September 9, 2013 at 16:45 (3 years ago)

      What, potato chips are used as dessert ingredients in the ‘States?!

  7. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie
    September 1, 2013 at 19:57 (3 years ago)

    There is a Messina around the corner from my sister’s place in Sydney so when I visited her recently I may have stopped in twice. I had their famous salted caramel and white chocolate (amazing!) and one of the specials – a mojito flavoured sorbet. SO good. I’m very excited that they are opening within a 5 minute walk from my house later this year. I think I shall be spending a lot of my summer there!

    • libishski
      September 9, 2013 at 16:44 (3 years ago)

      Lucky you! I didn’t get to try their salted caramel and white chocolate ice cream but it sounds like it’s right up my alley so I’ll definitely give that one a go when they open up in Melbourne :)

  8. Cara @ Gourmet Chick
    September 1, 2013 at 21:24 (3 years ago)

    Love gelato messina and super excited that they are coming to Melbourne now!

  9. Sarah
    September 1, 2013 at 23:06 (3 years ago)

    Just OMG. That gelato looks incredible! I haven’t been to the one in Sydney yet, but can’t wait to try them out when they open in Melbs! :)

  10. Winston
    September 2, 2013 at 23:13 (3 years ago)

    Messina was honestly much better than expected when I went as well. Really jealous they have a place like that in Sydney. Wish they would do what N2 did and make the jump over to Melb as well! Would honestly THRIVE like crazy!

    • libishski
      September 9, 2013 at 16:42 (3 years ago)

      They will be opening a new store in November! :)

  11. Miss K
    September 3, 2013 at 00:19 (3 years ago)

    I just realised I haven’t been to Messina in over 3 months, I need to go back for my next fix – love it so much!

  12. thesleepingcook
    September 3, 2013 at 21:28 (3 years ago)

    Lol is it me or is Gelato the new… sweet thing???

  13. Adrian (food rehab)
    September 4, 2013 at 14:13 (3 years ago)

    Gosh, love this place and make it my mission to visit when I’m down. The studio nxt door is also amazin


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