Gelateria Millefiori, Niddrie

Melbourne is a big place.  In our travels around the city we have eaten lots of fantastic gelato and explored unfamiliar neighbourhoods, discovering far more than just new gelaterie.

On a busy Saturday morning Benny and I found ourselves in Niddrie – a long way from our regular haunts. Keilor Road was a hive of activity, with lots of enticing cafés and bakeries already pulling in customers.

Our objective was gelati, and Gelateria Millefiore was our target. With barely a nod to the “thousand flowers” of its name, the gelateria’s minimalist all-white décor is punctuated by some fantastic retro signs (Fiat 500, Lambretta…). Continue Reading

Il Melograno, Northcote

It was a special birthday treat for Benny – dinner at Il Melograno. A favourite spot for brunch, it serves up amazing food worthy of a Sicilian nonna. And Il Melograno (“the pomegranate tree”) has the added attraction of house-made gelato.

Opposite the Westgarth Cinema, Il Melograno is open from breakfast right through to late night. After 3pm the evening menu kicks in, with a range of “small bites” plus some more substantial dishes. Continue Reading

Giapo, Auckland, New Zealand

The traditional scoop (or three) of gelato into a cone or a cup does not give a lot of opportunity for artistic expression. Auckland-based Giapo is one of a new breed of gelaterie that are taking gelato to a whole new level. Is this simply style over substance? Or does the eating experience justify the extra effort? Read on… Continue Reading

Davey Mac’s, Black Rock

The word was out on social media: mandarin sorbet was back on the menu at Davey Mac’s!  One of the best gelatos we have ever tasted, we wasted no time in scooting down to Black Rock, picking up another mandarin fan along the way.

It was a glorious day, reminding us that summer is not far away. And Black Rock is a great spot for an artisan gelateria. Life can’t get much better than strolling down to the beach on a sunny day, enjoying a gelato along the way. It’s the simple pleasures… Continue Reading

Gelato Messina, Richmond

Gelato Messina is undoubtedly a star of the Australian gelato world. From modest beginnings in Darlinghurst in 2002, there are now 11 Gelato Messina stores across Sydney and three in Melbourne, as well as outlets in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the United States.

Gelato Messina makes great gelato, with a huge variety of traditional-style gelato on its regular menu, including both dairy and non-dairy options. But many Messina fans like to seek out the weekly specials. These specials are typically wacky over-the-top indulgences, often with equally wacky names. The specials are available for only seven days (or until sold out), but may return after a few months. Continue Reading

Gelateria Primavera, Melbourne CBD

Up at the top end of town in Spring Street is a little scoop of gelato heaven. At Gelateria Primavera a combination of traditional techniques and innovative flavours produces some of the best gelato anywhere in Melbourne.

Close by the Princess Theatre, Gelateria Primavera is at the entrance of the Spring Street Grocer, a fine food store with an impressive cheese cellar.

Inside the gelateria a sweep of terrazzo leads to the gleaming marble counter and its rows of lidded pozzetti. The gelato is made fresh onsite each day. No additives, just natural ingredients and seasonal fruit, so the old-style pozzetti containers are used to keep the gelato fresh by reducing its exposure to the air. Continue Reading