The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Event: Pidapipó Gelateria Pop-Up Store Launch Party

222 Faraday Street
Carlton VIC 3053
+61 422 004 750
http://www.pidapipo.com/

Disclaimer: Libby and Dave attended this event as guests of Pidapipó.

Happy New Year, my dear readers!

I hope everyone had a great start to the year and if you’re like me, you would have made vague promises to ‘get hot abs’ and ‘show all them haters’ without actually determining how you’re going to achieve said goals.

Or you could visit every new gelati store that’s opened up in the eastern states of Australia.

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Like moths attracted to light, the hipsters and wannabe-hipsters rocked up to the launch of Melbourne’s newest gelataria, Pidapipó, one Thursday afternoon. I remembered it being a super hot day (does 40 degrees sound about right?) so the event could not have come at a more perfect time.

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With Carpgiani Gelato University-trained owner Lisa Valmorbida behind the wheels, it was all systems go as soon as the doors opened just after 5pm. Walking into the brightly coloured ‘gelato test lab and store’ and being confronted by stainless steel tubs (pozzetti) full of gelati and hot gelati scooper dudes was pretty much my idea of fun on a Thursday arvo!

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There was a lot of this.

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And this.

Yuzu and Vietnamese mint

Yuzu and Vietnamese mint

With fellow bloggers Daisy, Ashley and Aaron rounding up the food blogger quota, we were able to sample a decent range of flavours between the five of us. We loved that Pidapipó went wild with unusual flavours like the very refreshing yuzu and Vietnamese mint sorbet and the vibrant mango milk…

Pistachio, rockmelon and chocolate

Pistachio, rockmelon and chocolate

… but we also appreciated the fact that they also paid homage to tradition by doing flavours such as pistachio and chocolate very well.

Virgin Mojito, hazelnut and gianduja

Virgin Mojito, hazelnut and gianduja

My favourite flavour, however, was the creamy hazelnut which was packed full of nuttiness minus that nasty sugar rush at the end. Sadly, the two flavours that I was most excited about – salted caramel and pineapple – were not available that day but hey, there is always next time.

At Pidapipó, $4.50 gives you one scoop while $7 gives you three. All the flavours we had were light and not terribly heavy on the sugar, including the chocolate one, which always earns a thumbs up in my books! I guess the only thing I have to sook about was that the combination of hot weather and too many people in the one store meant that the air got so warm that the gelati melted very quickly. This meant that I wasn’t able to enjoy my gelati fully. But given that Melbourne doesn’t look to be warming up any time soon (summer? what summer?), perhaps now’s a good time to duck down to Pidapipó for some pineapple gelati.

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4 Comments on Event: Pidapipó Gelateria Pop-Up Store Launch Party

  1. Hannah
    January 4, 2014 at 05:39 (11 months ago)

    oh god look at all that sunshine

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  2. Samantha
    January 6, 2014 at 12:47 (11 months ago)

    That ‘mini’ cone reminds me of a place at Paris Van Java, in Bandung, Indonesia that was selling them. Memories!

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    • libishski
      January 7, 2014 at 10:37 (11 months ago)

      Oooh, I actually got really excited when I saw your comment. I was born in Bandung myself (and will be visiting in two week’s time to see relatives!) and we always stop by PVJ when we’re in town. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for that ice cream place when I’m there! (it’s a ice cream place, right?)

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  3. Otto Au
    February 4, 2014 at 08:38 (10 months ago)

    Summer IS HERE!!

    The mail for gelato is that joint called Messina

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