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Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

April 8th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  12 Comments

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

I like how people get very protective about their favourite flavours at Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst – whether it’s Gingerbread, Pavlova, Tiramisu or the one inspired by The Mighty Boosh. With an everchanging selection, it’s impressive when fans single out which scoops should get long-term freezer residency.

With news that the popular Pavlova was on its way out this week, quite a few fans lodged protests – but that didn’t stop it being sent to flavour retirement*. Orange Blossom & Pine Nut has returned though, and fanfare has been made over the introduction of Risotto Milanese in ice-cream form.

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

This inventive idea combines vanilla rice pudding with a sprinkling of saffron. It’s a clean, understated flavour, which can hide a delicious little clump or two of dairy-softened grains. The light lacing of saffron might accidentally come with a bonus trip down memory lane (for me, flashbacks to the one – and only – time I tried to make paella). Overall, it’s a likeable, smart-alec take on the classic Italian dish.

I’m no expert flavour-matchmaker, but I paired my Risotto Milanese scoop with something that has mutated slightly since my last visit. The popular Gingerbread has become a double-barrel gelato, now folding chunky, caramel-chewy and delicious Peanut into its mix. That’s change worth voting for.

*This just in: Pavlova will be back in a few weeks’ time. Proving that you can’t beat the combined power of ice-cream and democracy.

Gelato Messina, Shop 1/241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW (02) 8354 1223, www.gelatomessina.com.au. You can also get ‘Flavour Alerts’ by following Gelato Messina on Twitter or Facebook.

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12 Comments

  1. Kristy Sayer says:

    Mmmm I love gelato! And often choose gelato over eating a real meal, but the risotto milanese sounds like the perfect excuse :P

  2. i always seem to pick hazelnut for some reason but i should venture out and try pavlova and gingerbread next time. they sound good :-)

  3. veri maz says:

    ah, i must make it in before pavalova goes for good.

    I had a transcendental experience there with their caramel youghurt and sour cherry.
    Both flavours perfectly balanced for sweetness and sharpness.

  4. people do get ridiculous about their gelati flavours :) I am not happy when summer is over and lychee and lime disappears from my local gelateria.

  5. Y says:

    Yum. My only complaint about this place is that it’s too far away from where I live.

  6. jazzmeintea says:

    It must have been the 1000th time they had to say “pavlova will be back in a few weeks” when I went in yesterday..but I also love apple pie ice-cream..mmmmm

  7. Tina says:

    I had Apple Pie recently and it was amazing – really could taste pastry and apples and cinnamon..!

  8. Kate says:

    Great news about Pavlova flavour!

    I love the lime cheesecake and the lychee flavours, too – irresistible together.

  9. Madam Wu says:

    Truly creative flavours. I had no idea that they were so pioneering. I must return there!

  10. These flavors all sound amazing. Now I’m hungry!

  11. I went there last night and had the Pavlova gelato. It was DELICIOUS!

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