Gelato Messina’s mission is to make people happy by serving amazing gelato using natural, quality ingredients. Since they opened their first store in Darlinghurst, the goal was to set the benchmark for gelato in Australia. They don’t compromise on quality and all products are made fresh on site daily, with 40 different gelato flavours plus elaborate gelato cakes and 5 new specials each week.
At Messina, they ask the question, “How would they have made it 100 years ago?” This means using raw, natural ingredients and making everything from scratch. They don’t use any ‘ready-made’ ingredients such as colourings, flavourings, preservatives and pastes. Everything is lovingly made in-house, from the roasting of pistachios, to the baking of their own apple pies and brownies. The team pride themselves in using real ingredients to make gelato with full-bodied texture and flavour. Dairy flavours contain less fat because they use less cream, and sorbets are completely fat-free, dairy-free and full of fruit.
These creative geniuses are very passionate about inventing new flavour combinations – ranging from the crazy to the sublime. Many of their ideas come from the team’s Sicilian heritage and their long history with food. However, their biggest inspiration comes from their huge, slightly obsessive fan base, who demand quality, a diverse range of flavours and a continual supply of creative gelato concoctions. Weird and wonderful combinations include Maple syrup gelato with bacon maple gel and blueberry pancake batter, or Cream cheese and caramel gelato smashed with white chocolate potato chips, smothered in duck fat caramel. They also design bespoke flavours for special occasions or big events, such as V.B. beer sorbet for Australia Day. If you prefer something a little more traditional, there are 40 other flavours to choose from, such as Choc Mint, or Salted Caramel and White Chocolate, or Italian Nougat. And don’t forget they also offer nine impressive gelato cake creations which will blow your mind! Visit The Strand to see the full selection and see how many flavours you can taste.
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