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.