When it comes to sourcing good gelato, punters are willing to line around the block for the creamy stuff. We've done the research for you, and come up with 10 ice cool champs, that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
There's nothing more Aussie than enjoying an ice cream at the beach, or really just anywhere, with our hot summers. Food Blogger Alex Conomos has tracked down 10 must-visit gelato spots across the country, that will have you drooling.
1. Cow & the Moon – Sydney, NSW
It’s not the most high profile gelateria in Sydney (yet), but it’s well on its way after taking out the highly coveted Gelato World Tour title last year in Rimini, Italy. Cow and the Moon beat gelato artisans from all over the world with their winning Mandorla affogato flavour. This spin on the classic affogato is made with caramelised almonds from Italy, Madagascan vanilla and single origin-roasted coffee. It’s now so popular that you can’t buy a tub as it sells out too soon so you have to get your fix in a cone or cup. Enjoy it with a coffee at this family-run hot spot in Sydney’s inner-west.
2. Gelobar – Melbourne, VIC
It’s not essential to have Italian blood at the heart of a gelato business but it hasn’t caused Lygon St legend Gelobar any harm. Sam Scullino, the creator of the Gelobar’s famous recipe, worked at the cult Il Pasticcere Scullino in Turin before bringing his gelato secrets to Melbourne. Gelobar was opened in 1990 and the family recipe has been wowing Melbournians ever since with classic Italian flavours like limoncello, zabaglione and cassata.
3. Trampoline Gelato – Victoria & NT
This iconic Victorian gelato chain has been on our radar since it took out the ‘Best Ice-cream/Gelato’ category in the 2009 I Love FOOD Awards. It was a firm favourite then and now for its range of classic and quirky flavours, all made fresh on site. The gelato is crafted using milk from 140 Gippsland farmers and their 38,500 cows. It’s a rare occasion when you can track your gelato back to the source which is why we love coming here.
4. EverCream – Adelaide, SA
Adelaide is one of the more food obsessed Australian cities where mass produced industrial mixes and artificial flavours just don’t make the cut. Instead locals turn to locally owned businesses like EverCream who use local fruit, native produce and essential oils to produce small batches of Italian style sorbets and gelato. This small family run business will proudly tell you that there are no preservatives or artificial colours and flavours to be found in their range of 30+ flavours which includes pistachio, cardamom, and rose water or bourbon vanilla bean. The range pops up in cafes and restaurants all over Adelaide, as well as in their own ice creamery.
5. Gelato Messina – Sydney & Melbourne
For aficionados, ‘Messina’, has become the final word in gelato. Extraordinarily long lines snake down any street that has an outlet and for many it’s become their daily ritual. The specials are always a fantastical medley of flavours, textures and ingredients that somehow always work. Like the Bananagedern – banana gelato with banana bread, banana mouse and banana jam. Or Elvis the Fat Years – peanut gelato with fried brioche and banana jam. The pun-tastic names alone are worth joining the queue for but there are also 40 crowd favourite flavours, design-your-own sundaes and gelato cakes (we especially love Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom).
6. Gelateria Cremona – Brisbane, QLD
Brisbane temperatures often sit comfortably in the thirties so cool refreshing gelato is an essential lifeline. Gelateria Cremona has a Swiss-Italian at the helm who sources his fruit and ingredients personally to create a daily assortment of flavours. A sneak peek in the back shows they’re nice and generous with their splashes of Campari in the grapefruit & Campari mix, while the exotic Thai milk tea gelato is a hit with the locals. You might have to wait a few more months for the Christmas pudding gelato to rejoin the menu but for now we suggest a few scoops of Vegemite (yes you read right!).
7. Il Gelato – Perth, WA
Most gelaterias like to have a play with unusual flavour combinations but we think that this Perth chain takes the prize with its ‘fish & chips’ flavour, launched a few years ago on Australia Day. If you can’t quite get your head around that idea then you’ll be more than happy with the more mainstream flavours that really hit the spot, from Italian custard to licorice. There’s even a range of soya flavours for anyone who is lactose intolerant.
8. White Cow – Hobart, TAS
Artisan gelato and frozen yoghurt sit side by side at White Cow but we strongly recommend you go for the former. Creamy hazelnut, crispy wafer and irresistibly smooth house chocolate gelato create the ever popular Kinder Bueno flavour, or go for the multi layered trifle flavour filled with fresh fruit and sponge cake. The team here focuses on seasonal and local ingredients with a particular focus on combining sweet and savoury flavours. If you’re lucky that means mascarpone and caramelised figs on your next visit.
9. N2 Extreme Gelato – Sydney & Melbourne
Italian godfathers the world over might wring their hands in disbelief over the idea that gelato can be made with liquid nitrogen, but this is a trend that’s set to stay and we’re actually not too upset about it. The use of liquid nitrogen in N2’s gelato means it freezes in seconds and minimises the formation of ice-crystals. This means smoother, creamier gelato for you and me. It’s also a nice bit of theatre to watch the billows of smoke as your gelato is made to order in a matter of minutes. The flavours don’t disappoint either; we’ll take cinnamon jam doughnut with a shot of strawberry jam any day.
10. Colin James Fine Foods – Maleny, QLD
This Sunshine Coast joint has won loads of awards so its popularity with locals and travellers comes as no surprise. The range of 60+ flavours is produced in small quantities and churned by hand using local Maleny Dairies Guernsey milk and cream. Mix and match between fun flavours like Cherry Ripe, tiramisu and banoffee, or go all out and order a gelato cake for the ultimate dessert hit.