Madame Spaghetti, Port Melbourne

One thing that German-born Mascha missed when she moved to Australia five years ago, was spaghettieis – spaghetti gelato. The solution – she made her own, and so Madame Spaghetti was born.

Spaghettieis is very much a German thing. It was invented in 1969 by Dario Fontanella, a third generation gelatiere (gelato maker) based in the German city of Mannheim. Dario was looking for alternative ways to serve gelati. He found that when the right sort of gelato is extruded through a spaetzle (noodle) press, served with strawberry sauce and a topping of grated white chocolate, you have something that looks uncannily like a serve of spaghetti napoli with grated parmesan. Add chunks of chocolate brownie or chocolate truffles and you have spaghetti with meatballs. And for extra indulgence the spaghettieis sits on a bed of whipped cream. Continue Reading

Limonetto Gelati, Docklands

During a very welcome respite from our super hot summer, we visited an old haunt at Docklands – Limonetto Gelati.

Limonetto has been around for many years, with the current owners taking over from Limonetto’s founder around three years ago. Do they have a family history of gelati? Nup, according to the friendly current owner, they just love ice cream. We can relate to that! Continue Reading

Carrello del Gelato, Oriental Bay, New Zealand

My favourite gelato flavour? I have a handful of go-to flavours that I always find difficult to resist: raspberry sorbetto is definitely in that league. And on a recent trip to Wellington, I tasted a great example from Carrello del Gelato – intense tart berriness and lovely creamy texture. Sheer bliss.

Wellington had turned on some spectacular weather for my visit. Glorious sunshine, and a gentle breeze.  Perfect for a stroll from central Wellington along the water’s edge to Oriental Bay – a great walk to refresh and regroup. The harbour view is spectacular, and on a perfect day the water sparkles in the sunshine. Plus there is the added attraction of checking out a gelateria, Carrello del Gelato. Continue Reading

Brunetti Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD

Brunetti is a Melbourne institution. For more than 40 years, part of inner Melbourne life has been to meet friends over coffee and cake at Brunetti’s Carlton café – now in Lygon Street but for many years operating in Faraday Street. There are even two Brunettis at Melbourne Airport.

In late 2017, Brunetti opened a huge flagship café in Flinders Lane. It stretches way, way back over what seems like hundreds of metres, passing counters offering luscious-looking cakes, paninis, pizza, a large kitchen with chefs whipping up plates of food, a deli with huge legs of prosciutto and cheeses and a spritz bar. Espresso machines, obviously. And of course, a gelateria. Continue Reading

Gelato Dal Cuore, Shanghai, China
By our guest writer Benny

One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever come across is to always eat the local food when travelling. I have added one important detail – ‘local’ includes any significant immigrant population, such as the many that have established themselves around Australia, enhancing our culinary landscape with incredible variety.

So you would have to ask why – on a Benny family trip to China – I would be looking for gelato? We had already been greatly disappointed when we indulged the youngest family member’s desire for Italian food, misled by the wall covered with ‘reader’s choice’ awards. But here I was, in Shanghai, searching for Gelato Dal Cuore (“gelato from the heart”). Continue Reading

Lavezzi Gelateria, Carlton

Lavezzi is, hands-down, one of our favourite Melbourne gelaterie. Made fresh every day from raw ingredients, the gelati is everything that gelati should be. Gorgeous intense flavours, beautiful elastic texture. If we ever find ourselves in the outer east, very little arm twisting is required to drop in to Lavezzi Ringwood.  And we have dropped in many, many times.

Gelato and the Lavezzi family have a long history – churning in Italy since 1870. Based in Formia – a city halfway between Rome and Naples – in 2015 the family opened its first gelateria outside Italy in the Town Square part of Ringwood’s Eastland Shopping Centre. Then its second gelateria, in Carlton’s Lygon Street, followed in 2018. Continue Reading