If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the takeaway for Allora owners Adam Naddei and Laura Williamson (ex-Miss Jones), who were rejected for their dream location in Newmarket Village more than four times before finally opening their doors in late 2019.
Naddei has over six years of ice-cream-making experience, always working behind the scenes and creating for other boutique gelaterias and ice-creameries. At Allora, he’s stepping out from behind the curtains to have more freedom with his craft.
Local design firm Autumn Studios has taken a sleek, minimalist approach to the space, with large grey tile flooring, a deep black feature wall, dark wooden benchtops and a custom-made penny-tiled black bar. Contrasting the monochrome tones are rows of vibrantly coloured gelato, sorbet and soft serve: flavours include pina colada; lime and mint; rockmelon; peanut butter and chocolate; pistachio; and the crowd favourite, the super-fresh peach and basil sorbet.
Also popular is the baked banana, made with a butter puree and a maple-walnut crumb. All the gelato at Allora is made in Naddei’s Banyo factory, located 20 minutes away from the shop, with fresh and local produce.
You’ll also find shakes, cookie sandwiches and specialty coffee from Fives Senses, including batch filter and cold brew.