Bononia, North Adelaide

At the end of a very long day, we were looking forward to unwind over some gelati. And Bononia – a charming dessert café in North Adelaide’s Melbourne Street – was ideal for an after-dinner treat.

It’s a happy place, with friendly staff. At night-time, strips of purple fairy lights add a touch of sparkle to the interior.

Bononia has a rather narrow street frontage, but it extends back a fair way. Opposite the counter, a long bench with stools extends along one side with a couple of tables at the end. More seating is available at some tables outside on the footpath. Compact, but perfect for pausing over an espresso or affogato, with a little sweet treat on the side. Perhaps one of the biscotti or small cakes – there are lots to choose from.

Rocher gelato paired with strawberry sorbetto at Bononia.
Rocher gelato paired with strawberry sorbetto.

But we were here for the gelati. All made on-site, with around two dozen flavours on offer, including dairy and non-dairy options. Served in cones, cups or tubs to take away.

Benny’s choice: crema antica. This is an egg custard gelato with lemon. Few gelati flavours include eggs, but this was definitely the star of our visit. Rich and creamy, offset with a citrus tang.

Crema antica - egg custard gelato with lemon.
Crema antica – egg custard gelato with lemon.

My pick: rocher – a light milk chocolate – paired with a refreshing strawberry sorbetto made from fresh fruit.

Unusually, the friendly server used an ice cream scoop rather than a paddle to scrape the gelati from the tubs. All the gelati we sampled had a soft texture – a bit more like soft serve ice cream than the elasticity that we prefer for our gelati. Serving sizes were quite modest.

The gelati cabinet at Bononia.
The gelati cabinet at Bononia.

Our rating: excellent

A friendly little dessert café. Great location.


Bononia
145 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006

T: 0467 391 998
W: www.facebook.com/BononiaGelato

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