Gelato is on a roll in Brisbane right now. Once, if you found the Italian frozen dessert at all, it was usually the heavily stabilised stuff from your local cinema or a chain outlet. But that has changed completely over the past five years, with a bunch of operators such as Messina, La Macelleria and Nom Nom scooping up authentic gelato made with fresh local ingredients.
Now comes Miss Sophia’s Gelateria, which opened in Kedron last week. The name may not be familiar but the people behind it might. John and Amanda Scott (who once owned Gertie’s in New Farm) have for the past decade run Milk in Ashgrove. More recently, the Scotts opened Farm House, creating a brunch destination for Kedron locals.
Miss Sophia’s Gelateria is located next door to Farm House, bringing further life to the former site of iconic fruit shop Farmer Joe’s. The Scotts say they wanted to continue to pay homage to the fresh-food ethos of Joe’s and give back to the area’s Italian community. For Amanda, whose parents once owned a string of ice-cream stores, it also marks a return to the industry she loves.
“People come in and they’re happy,” she says. “For children, the ‘What flavour will I have?’ question is their biggest decision of the day.”
The gelato is made on-site using as much local and fresh produce as possible. The dairy is sourced from a co-op in the Scenic Rim, the sugar comes from Bundaberg and the honey from Maleny. A recent lemon flavour featured fruit from the Scotts’ own backyard.
“People want to know where the food they’re eating came from, if you made it and know what’s in it,” Amanda says. “You can do that with a small family business.”
The shop itself is a place of texture and colour. Walk through the doors and your eyes are drawn to the wallpaper behind the cabinets that features pieces of watermelon, strawberries, mangoes and other fruits. A handful of marble tables line one side of the store, perched below a handsome mint-green pressed-metal wall.
On the opposite side is a large, custom-made Scrabble board, which lists each of the flavours. There are 20 on offer every day, including white chocolate, stracciatella, pistachio and watermelon. While some will rotate, flavours such as milk and cookies and crème brulee are permanent fixtures. As well as low-sugar options there are five vegan flavours, including one made of toasted coconut and coconut water.
Miss Sophia’s Gelateria
9 Somerset Road, Kedron
Mon to Thu 12pm–10pm
Fri to Sun 10am–10pm