Gelato Messina is popping up in Adelaide for the first time next month, bringing its signature flavours and desserts to Rundle Mall as part of Vogue Festival.
Located near the Mall’s Balls, from October 18 to 20 the temporary store will serve six of the shop’s most popular flavours – salted caramel and white choc, pistachio praline, tiramisu, super dulce de leche, choc fondant, and strawberry sorbet – plus two custom sundaes and two mini gelato cakes.
Messina's founders, brothers Nick and Danny Palumbo, grew up in Adelaide and ran multiple cafes and restaurants here before moving to Sydney in the late '90s to open the first Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst, Sydney. There are now 19 stores across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.
To celebrate getting back to its roots, the Messina team is bringing one of its most popular specials: a Sicilian ricotta gelato with cracked cannoli shells, citron and chocolate bits. And custom flavour, “Breakfast in Adelaide”: fior di latte gelato with Nutella fudge and yo-yo biscuits (Nick’s favourite childhood snack).
“We are taking our visit to Adelaide very seriously – even including the state’s iconic Farmers Union Iced Coffee on our sundae menu,” Nick said in a press release. “We’re also serving the "Nonna Carlo" sundae, another Sicilian childhood favourite: strawberry sorbet, vanilla cream and masala-soaked brioche,” he adds.
The brothers are also bringing two of Messina’s famous cakes (in miniature form). Single-serve Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom, and Bombe Alaska gelato cakes will be available over the three days until sold out.
Vogue Festival will run from October 18 to 19 with dozens of events celebrating Australian fashion, lifestyle, beauty and skincare.