My daughter has been ruined for life by her first experience of ice-cream: gelati in Italy. It took me until I was about 25 to make it to Italy and try proper gelati for the first time but over the last few years the options for gelati snobs have increased in Melbourne.
The latest opening is Piccolino Gelateria in Hawthorn. The cheery shopfront is decked out in a cornflower blue with whatever fruits and herbs which are being churned into gelati lining the walls. That’s the secret behind the gelati here: using raw ingredients to extract the flavours. You can spot the emphasis on substance over style by the use of shiny silver pozzetti to store the gelati to ensure the perfect scoop.
Sandra Foti, the owner of Piccolino is serious about her gelati. She grew up eating her father’s gelati recipe and travelled to Italy to master the art of gelati making.
Sandra invited me to come along and try her gelati which is justifiably proud of. It’s got no additives, preservatives, thickeners or colours. Most importantly it tastes oh-so-creamy and delicious.
The pistachio gelati here isn’t a lurid green colour but it’s got that nutty slightly salty flavour of actual pistachios. The bread, butter and chocolate gelati is made using bread baked in house and is runny and soft with swirls of almost melted chocolate.
I think the gelati here is on a par with Pidapipo and even better than cult gelati store Gelato Messina. As for my little gelati snob? She very much approved of a kids cone serve of the rich almost sticky chocolate brownie flavour.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Piccolino Gelateria
Details: Piccolina Gelateria, 802 Glenferrie road, Hawthorn (Ph