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January 25th, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  8 Comments

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

Dog-eared novels aside, the best summer reading right now seems to be the specials board at Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst. It’s shot through with humour, surprises and unexpected characters – the King even makes a cameo in Elvis The Fat Years: his oversized waistline and appetite inspires a fatty mash-up of peanut butter gelato with banana jam and fried brioche.

Hello Sailor syncs pink grapefruit with aperol sorbet while Danny Two Times is a double-hit of citrus: yoghurt and marmalade gelato paired with flourless orange & poppy seed cake. Names aside, other flavours have attention-seeking factors, too.

Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

When I was accidentally within ice-cream-buying distance of Gelato Messina on the weekend, I cursed myself for mistiming my visit – I’d just finished a filling breakfast at The Falconer and had zero stomach room for anything else. But it turns out that you can’t actually walk past Messina without requesting at least one scoop – it’s a universal law (or at least one that reigns strongly on that stretch of Victoria Road).

So after a long peer at the display case, I had the Cardamom with Apricot Puree – the lively, bracing spice and the jammy-sweet fruit making the greed worthwhile.

And, because it’s hard to minimise any order at this gelato parlour, I even had a Tiny Cone topped with Raspberry and Rosewater as a chaser. It’s a light, unexpected and summer-perfect flavour, the kind that evokes a mood-lifting hum as you walk the streets, the rhythm of footsteps punctuated by cone-finishing bites.

As for the next installment of Gelato Messina specials – I imagine that will probably be must-read material, too.

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

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  1. Lorie says:

    Mmm they look so good.. I also cannot resist Gelato Messina so I avoid walking past it!

  2. What a cool name for gelato! I wonder if the Presley estate could sue? LOL

  3. I must try the Elvis ice cream. Hope not to turn like him in the fat years 🙂

  4. tori says:

    Oh, I miss Gelato Messina so much. The Elvis the fat years looks GENIUS. We used to get one of their gelato pandoro cakes as our Christmas dessert every year- choosing the flavours was always the best part of the holiday season (last time it was black cherry, chocolate and nougat- and was very, very good)

  5. great names hehe i must try their specials next time. i always seem to go for pistachio and hazelnut for some reason 🙂

  6. Your Blog is really yummy 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mmmmmmmm… might have to take a trip to darlo this weekend. It’s perfect gelato weather 🙂

  8. helenavania says:

    I love how gelato messina allows us to see the gelato making process through the glass window! One time, I was busy slurping my gingerbread gelato when everyone was given an extra scoop of a new upcoming flavor complimentary from the kitchen. That’s pretty gracious don’t ya think!

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