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.
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.Tags: Darlinghurst, Gelato Messina, ice cream
Mmmm I love gelato! And often choose gelato over eating a real meal, but the risotto milanese sounds like the perfect excuse 😛
i always seem to pick hazelnut for some reason but i should venture out and try pavlova and gingerbread next time. they sound good 🙂
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.
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.
Yum. My only complaint about this place is that it’s too far away from where I live.
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
I had Apple Pie recently and it was amazing – really could taste pastry and apples and cinnamon..!
Great news about Pavlova flavour!
I love the lime cheesecake and the lychee flavours, too – irresistible together.
Truly creative flavours. I had no idea that they were so pioneering. I must return there!
These flavors all sound amazing. Now I’m hungry!
I must try this place.
Sydney – City and Suburbs
I went there last night and had the Pavlova gelato. It was DELICIOUS!