Along with daylight savings, Spring is finally here and so it is time for home made gelato. Parked on Lygon Street in East Brunswick, the infamous Gelobar has been standing with arms wide open for over 20 years.
Quite modest at first sight, littered with beach umbrellas and ordinary chairs on its pavement, Gelobar beckons to those who knows it well. With over 50 flavours, (though not all at once), summer evenings have been characterised by the taste of Limoncello, Butterscotch and Panna Cotta Italian style ice-cream, to name a few.
My girlfriend took me to Gelobar for dessert one evening last summer. I like ice-cream, but considered myself more of a chocolate or pastry kind of person. I went along anyway, and figured I would give it a shot. I was new to Melbourne and still trying to work my way around the city. There were about 25 flavour displayed. I selected a random flavour, not being particularly fussed. It was all written in Italian anyway, so your guess would have been as good as mine! I've tried gelati at Norton Street in Leichardt previously,which is known as the Italian quarter of Sydney, so I did not expect anything crazy.
Therefore it surprised me that after taking a bite into the frozen delight, I was pretty hooked. I have since taken anyone who is willing to give it a shot.
The refreshing cold dessert is made fresh every day, with a rotation of flavours. There are number of cones, waffles and cups to mix and match flavours. A small cone with a single scoop goes for $2.00 a pop.
This authentic piece of Italy arrived in Lygon Street, with owner Sam, in the early 90's. Branching out from the family business in Turin, Sam created his unique recipes of artisan gelati and traditional style Italian pastries.
My warm summer evenings have been defined by Torrone and Cassata flavoured Gelati. The tingling heat against one's skin, with the contrast of ice cold Italian gelati is incredible. Nothing quite substitutes as well. It remains one of my hidden pleasures, perhaps not so hidden any more!