Most of my friends give me that mouth agape 'you weirdo' look when we order gelato. It's either because I am VERY boring as all I would try is chocolate when there are so many more exciting flavours (or just longer names the way I see it), or because I order sour sorbet flavours like lime, lemon or passionfruit. Then they make the 'Oh god, my teeth just got the sour chills' face'. That pretty much sums up my comfort zone when it comes to gelato. But at the same time I love my gelato, which is why I am super excited about Pidapipo.
Pidapipo is a pop up shop that popped up not too long ago on Faraday Street between Swanston Street and Lygon Street. Ever since I heard the loud music blaring out and saw the giant watermelons, dragon fruits and mini mountains of limes behind their hipster looking counter, I've been dying to go there. Tonight that dream came true.
My friend ordered a caramel ice cream and watermelon sorbet and I ordered a chocolate ice cream (surprise, surprise) with a mojito sorbet (I figured that was sour). And it did not disappoint. In fact, it was delicious. My friend's caramel ice cream (which I tasted for critiquing purposes) did not look like what I expected caramel flavour to look like. It was much lighter than the golden colour I'd imagined, but as I tasted it, it felt like I was literally eating caramel. The same goes for the other flavours. In fact they didn't feel like 'flavours', they tasted like the actual thing.
As I scraped off the last bit of my mojito all I could think of was how Roald Dahl described those three-course-meal chewing gums, where you feel like the food is actually going down your throat. That was the sensation I felt.
So try this place, it's the perfect dessert after a heavy Lygon street dinner or for one of those forty degree days (hopefully we've seen the last of those). It doesn't have actual seating as such but there are some hip benches and cute 'carton chair' things that go with the whole healthy, pop up, fresh vibe of the place.
It's here indefinitely, but it would be a shame to miss out if they pop off/down. After all, who doesn't want to eat a mojito? The flavours keep changing as well, so there is something new all the time (don't worry regular chocolate lovers, the chocolate was amazing and is probably a constant).