Gelissimo, Wellington, New Zealand

On a midwinter visit to Wellington I was keen to try the highly recommended Gelissimo. Even despite an icy southerly gale bringing some of the worst weather seen all winter. However I was well prepared for the chilly weather, so once wrapped up in my coat and scarf I headed out to tackle the elements.

I like Wellington. The harbour setting is spectacular. There are great cafés and restaurants. The botanical gardens have glow worms. And Te Papa, the national museum, is always worth visiting.

Gelissimo, my gelato destination, is on the waterfront, close by Te Papa. It’s a brilliant location in summer, but when I visited it was blustery, grey and bitterly cold. No-one was sitting at Gelissimo’s outside tables. Even though it was the middle of the school holidays, the crowds weren’t venturing far from the warmth of Te Papa. Continue Reading

Tutto Bene, Southbank

Tutto Bene, or “everything is good”, is an apt description of the meals we have eaten at this Southbank restaurant over the years. We have particularly fond memories of its risotto and I still have blissful dreams about breakfasting on its cornetti ripieni – Italian croissant – filled with funghi misti and stracchiatella.

Tutto Bene makes everything in-house from fresh produce – even baking its own sourdough bread. And naturally that also includes its gelato, which is a key element in some of the restaurant’s dolci (desserts). If you aren’t dining in you can purchase Tutto Bene’s gelato from its gelato counter – one, two or three flavours in cups or cones, or one litre containers to take away. Continue Reading

7apples, St Kilda

Dark purple and bright green – those 1970s throwback colours create a bold atmosphere for enjoying quality artisan gelato. And with four visits over the past nine months, 7apples is definitely on our “happy to return” list.

Artisan gelato is not a new thing for Melbourne – there are a number of quiet achievers that have been around for years and years. Just like 7apples.  Continue Reading