Foamy ocean bays and frozen treats go hand in hand, making Elwood and Williamstown fitting locations for Bianco Latte’s gelateria and roving-gelato-cart HQ, respectively.

The only downside is that evenings tend to be quieter there – so, to capture an after-hours crowd, the team has opened a new bricks-and-mortar destination in the inner north.

“We have a lot of people who want to come to the store, but Elwood is a bit far away [for them],” says business manager Fiona Carnibella. “We thought the demographic of Northcote suited our product well.”

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A former nail salon on High Street was the perfect empty shell for their breezy, Mediterranean-inspired fit-out, accented with sand-coloured features, mahogany doorways and minimalist ceramic decor. “[Co-owner] Andy [Di Fiore]’s from Milan and my family is from southern Italy,” says Carnibella.

If you’ve visited their gelato carts, you’ll be familiar with the flavours on offer – the rich spin on Ferrero Rocher; the floral ricotta, honey and cinnamon; or the range of dairy-free sorbet. There’s even more for vegans here, though, with two new plant-based offerings, salted pistachio and gianduja (a chocolate blend with hazelnuts).

You’ll also find cannoli piped to order with creamy ricotta or crema pasticcera, a thick Italian custard. And once the liquor licence is approved, expect alcoholic granitas. “We’re just going for that Italian-summer, late-night feel,” Carnibella says.

Bianco Latte
331 High Street, Northcote

Tue to Thu 3pm–9.30pm
Fri 3pm–10pm
Sat 1pm–10pm
Sun 1pm–9.30pm