Sometimes you can be lucky. A couple of years ago, Benny and I spent a few days in Sydney. We stayed in Chippendale, just a block away from Anita – La Mamma del Gelato. Every day we rocked up for our gelato fix. Utter bliss.
At the end of another Sydney visit, with spare time before I needed to catch the airport train (when, oh when, will Melbourne ever get its own airport train?), it was an absolute no-brainer to make a small detour. Anita is just ten minutes’ walk from Central Station.
Originally from Israel, where it has a few stores in Tel Aviv, Anita has two gelaterie in Sydney. One at Bondi, and the one I visited in Chippendale. Located on the ground floor at the rear of the Central Park Mall, the gelateria is large and airy, with a long, long counter and plenty of space both inside and out to sit and eat your gelato.
All the gelati is made on-site using only fresh ingredients. Over 150 flavours are in Anita’s repertoire – the gelati include non-dairy, sugar-free and vegan options as well as frozen yoghurt – with around a quarter of these available on any day. I knew from our previous visits that the flavours change on a daily basis.
The frozen yoghurt comes with unlimited toppings – sprinkles, fresh fruit, dried fruit and all sorts of sweet things – which means you can go back for top-ups as often as you want.
While Anita has many single element flavours, the popular options are extravagant, totally over-the-top combinations of several components. Like Cookieman – Anita’s most popular flavour – which is a mix of chocolate, hazelnuts, biscuits and swirls of meringue.
On our previous visits, we’ve loved the dark chocolate sorbet, mixed berry sorbet, Ferrero Rocher, cheesecake with a red berry coulis, and Anita’s excellent passionfruit sorbet.
This time I sampled a few more of Anita’s flavours. Chocolate, almonds and caramel – my friendly server’s favourite – was very good, with whole almonds and swirls of hardened chocolate, but it was a warm day and fruit flavours seemed a better choice. I also tried Anita’s coconut and the mango sorbet. All excellent.
In the end I picked two of the fruit sorbets: watermelon and fresh mint, paired with tropical, which is a mix of pineapple and passionfruit. Both tasted of summer – beautiful textures, and very refreshing.
And so, feeling relaxed and comfortable after my gelato treat, I walked back to Central Station and resumed my homeward journey.
Anita – La Mamma del Gelato
Central Park Mall
Chippendale NSW 2008
T: (02) 8097 8508