Whilst N2 Extreme Gelato is intriguing, I really do love Gelato Messina. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer flavour and good customer service over gimmicks...
Like N2 Extreme Gelato, Gelato Messina is also located in Fitzroy but over on Smith Street. It is a much classier gelataria with friendly staff that are eager to help. Gelato Messina uses real ingredients, with everything made on-site. With over forty tempting flavours to choose from, it can be difficult to make a final decision. Luckily, you can try some flavours first. The gelato comes in either a cup or a cone. One scoop is $4, two is $6, and three is $7.
I decided to try something from the Specials Board. I went with the Nonno Carlo ($4.00) - strawberry sorbet with whipped cream and brioche. This was so delicious and I could have easily had another scoop... or two. I hope they make it part of their permanent menu.My friend chose the Salted Caramel and White Chocolate ($4.00) gelato. It was smooth with nice little surprises of white chocolate slivers. It could have been sickly but it was just delightful.
|Salted Caramel and White Chocolate|
They make Gelato Cakes too which you can also order online. The Juliette ($48.00) sounds very yummy – ‘a wild strawberry sorbet centre with vanilla semi-freddo and strawberry gelato, all on a base of marsala and strawberry syrup soaked sponge. Finished with piped meringue and raspberries’.
|Gelato Cakes (From left: Bombe Alaska, Juliette, Tiramisu 'Smash')|
I have a feeling that every time I am in the area I will be compelled to slip into Gelato Messina and try some more of their flavours... even in the winter!
Address: 237 Smith St, Fitzroy, VIC
Phone: 03 9017 5470
Trading Hours: Sun – Thurs: 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Fri – Sat: 12.00pm to 11.30pm