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Published February 7th 2019
We all scream for ice-cream
When the heat of summer gets simply too much to bear, the thing for me that makes it all worthwhile is giving into the unbeatable craving for cool, icy gelato and lots of it. So finding a new gelato bar in Brisbane's North was a tempting treat that I just couldn't resist.
History of gelato Gelato in Italian means frozen. Gelato as we know it, has its origins, however, in the 1600s with an Italian chef, Procopio de Coltelli, son of a Sicilian fisherman, who moved to France to produce gelato and frozen luxurious desserts for the French aristocracy, including the Court of Louis XIV's.
Through the ages to today, it continues to be a go-to, light, ever-pleasing icy treat.
About Miss Sophia's
Miss Sophia's is situated on the site of the former Farmer Joe's Fruit Market in Kedron. Locals will remember that Farmer Joe's was owned by an Italian family but sadly was forced to close in 2009, to make way for a new road. It was a much-loved, family-owned produce store and for many, a community hub.
Ten year's later, and still running parallel to Gympie Road, the space has taken on a new life. Despite new ownership, the creation of Miss Sophia's pays homage to the Italian heritage of the past.
Miss Sophia's Gelaterria is the latest foodie offering by Brisbane hospitality specialists, the Scott family, who are also the masterminds behind Milk Cafe at Ashgrove, Farmhouse Cafe, and originators of Gertie's Wine Bar and the Continental Cafe in Fortitude Valley. Opening just in time for Valentine's Day, Miss Sophia's Gelateria neighbours the stellar Farmhouse Cafe.
The Look and Feel of Miss Sophia's After stepping up to the glass entry doors from the onsite car park, its impossible not to be seduced by Miss Sophia's stylish interior. On the right of the entrance is a soft peppermint and babydoll pink wall with a very clever scrabble wall of flavours. On the other side is bar seating and chic window frames.
What's on the menu Now, it's time to get serious - seriously gelato. Be allured by the caffe latte, blueberry yoghurt, pistaccio and lemon sorbet. The unique flavours are Peach Melba, Strawberry Pavlova and the favourite during my visit was the Toasted Coconut (vegan) made on Coconut Water.
The menu has some special features like at least four vegan sorbets and most of the flavours are gluten-free. Drop by in March to sample the new sugar-free gelato as well as some smooth signature thickshakes. What was my favourite, you ask? Well, it's hard to say no to the creme brulee for sure. It was smooth, light and creamy.
The gelato is served in 3 sizes of cups ($4.40 for piccolo, Medio $5.50 and Grande $6.60) alongside gluten free waffle cones. Look out for the sweet, ice-cream shaped, homemade biscuits on the counter for an added feature. Oh did I mention that they have a chocolate fountain and Gelato Cakes for special occasions like Valentine's Day and birthdays? Yum
The gelato is scrumptious and the shop is simply delightful. It's sure to be an Instagram favourite. Miss Sophia's is perfect for after-school treats for the kids (as I saw during my visit) or date night delight.
With a tummy tickled by gelato, I left wondering so just who is Miss Sophia? Glamorous actresses Sophia Vergara or Sophia Loren? Or perhaps famed Film Director Sophia Coppola? Well, I'll just have to go back to find out. Miss Sophia's is open seven days.