Gelato at Gelato Messina, Sydney

Say G’day to the best gelato in Sydney!
Ming and I have only heard the most incredible things about this place from our friends. We follow their account on Instagram and (quite literally) cry over their new flavours that they put out (e.g. Oreogasm with peanut butter gelato, Oreo custard and Oreo cookie crumbs oh my god my dream I was genuinely upset when it wasn’t at the store), so even though were were detoxing, we couldn’t leave Sydney without a visit.

It was a sunny day (as obviously it’s summer there) so it was unsurprisingly bustling with people. From a lot of reviews I’d read about the place, apparently there are often queues outside waiting for some freaking delicious gelato.

I think what makes it so amazing is their creative flavours. They experiment and combine the most incredible blend of ingredients to make absolutely masterpieces. And not only one masterpiece, HEAPS of them! Their specials board had me drooling already. This was only 7 flavour out of so many, and I already didn’t know what to pick.

The first thing I saw when I managed to squeeze in was their fridge of cakes. How adorable are they?!

As much as I love the idea of running off into the distance with a gelato cake and a fork, I was on another mission. A mission to choose a flavour. Yeah, when I said they have a lot of flavours, they have A LOT of flavours…

ARE THEY CRAZY? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE??

Actually, I did find my favourite flavour with just one glance…

I wished I was staying in Sydney a little longer so I could get a massive tub like this lucky bastard.

But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I had to get something off the menu. Tiny, 1 scoop, 2 scoop, 3 scoop? There were far too many flavours for me to do that. Wait, what’s that? Mistro five scoop plate?!? 

I think I’d found what I’d been looking for my entire life.

No cones. Not wasting calories or tummy space on that shit.

Okay, 5 scoops weren’t enough. I needed at least 10 scoops minimum to try these bad boy flavours. I was with Ming and Bella so it would be shared between the 3 of us. And we hadn’t had lunch yet. That’s acceptable, right? 
We had to literally write down the flavours we all wanted and eliminate them one by one, or kick off a flavour when we found something a little more delicious. 5 spots were filled instantly. 

The struggle continued, but we did it. We chose 10 and didn’t look back. The woman looked at us and said “Is it just the 3 of you?” and we sheepishly replied with a little “Um, yes”. She laughed under her breath and stuck 3 spoons into our ice-cream. I’m not sure if she judged us or was a little proud. GOOD THING I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I WAS ABOUT TO HAVE THE BEST LUNCH OF MY LIFE.

There were no seats, so we strolled towards the park across the road.

Come to mama!

The mandatory Instagram pictures were taken before the attack was made.

First up was Salted Caramel, which had white chocolate chips in it – this is their most popular flavour and the one they’re most famous for.

It was like CARAMEL GOODNESS in my mouth – it was absolutely delicious. I could completely see why it was their best selling flavour.

The next flavour I had already in my head as my favourite – Gianduia Bianca. It was white chocolate and hazelnut gelato with hazelnut praline.

Oh. My. God. I don’t know what I was expecting from these flavours. I went to this place thinking, yeah, best gelato in Sydney, sure, whatever. I genuinely didn’t expect this. Okay, it was just because of the awesome name, but Gianduia Bianca was probably my favourite. Mmmm praline! I was yelled at because I was hogging it too much.

The next was Bounty – coconut milk gelato with desiccated coconut and chocolate chip. I don’t like Bounty in general so I wasn’t expecting too much. Eugh, coconut. Ming said she liked it but the first two were like “WOW WOW”. Bella enjoyed it though.

Ooooh then it was Dulce De Leche. If for some really messed up reason you don’t know what Dulce De Leche is, it’s an Argentinean caramel made by reducing milk until it becomes a sweet jam. You may also know it as delicious.

Holy mama was it good. As we passed it round, I could feel Bella’s eye’s piercing into me as she wanted me to hand it back so she could dig in for more.

We had so many flavours that we nearly forgot what was what. The next one we picked up, Ming asked what it was. I don’t know, HEAVEN? It turns out it was the Milk Chocolate with Choc Peanut Fudge. Yeah okay, also known as heaven. Now I was confused as to what my favourite was. I just wanted to bathe myself in it all. As much as I didn’t want to, I had to share so they could experience it too.

Everyone agreed. It was amazing.

We sat there trying to absorb the flavours and work out what was what. The next was White Xmas, which was one of their Christmas specials. It was white chocolate gelato with puffed rice, coconut, glace fruit and glace cherries. Om nom nom nom. 

Ming was determined to order the Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit. It had a pannacotta gelato base and Ming mopped that shit up. Well chosen, Mingy Moo.

At least there was no doubt that this was the Lychee Sorbet. I absolutely love lychee. In fact, it’s not even an Asian thing – basically every girl (and guy) I know adores it. Lychee martinis, lychee martini sorbet… I love it all. I wanted to whack a scoop of this baby in my next cocktail.

8 down. 2 to go.

We knew the next one was another special, Pushing Back, since my tongue is no stranger to the taste of peanut butter. Peanut butter gelato, cherry jam, chocolate and coconut. My love for peanut butter completely throttled any coconut, which I could barely taste. It was so yum!

I’d been waiting for this baby. The Que Barbara was the last of the specials we’d got – Dark chocolate gelato with fig jam and candied hazelnuts. 

It was incredible with first bite, but once I’d scoffed a few I felt it was really rich – a really good one to share but not on your own. Or maybe it’s just cause we’d had 9 scoops before. I’m not going to pretend we didn’t demolish it though.

And the rest of them… We grabbed our favourites and inhaled them. I’d like to pretend it was so we’d get them before they melted, but it was so the others didn’t eat the rest.

Best. Lunch. Ever.

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