They’re the Darlinghurst gelateria that has taken Sydney by storm, opening a dedicated gelato lab and offshoots in The Star and Surry Hills, but the next stop for Gelato Messina is Fitzroy, with an opening scheduled for late October or early November this year.

After looking for a Melbourne site for about six months, the team finally settled on Smith Street, Fitzroy. “We knew we wanted it to be somewhere that still felt a bit gritty, that wasn’t already gentrified,” says Messina’s Declan Lee. “Smith Street feels like that, but there’re plenty of cool bars opening and great things happening.

“It will be virtually the same as what we do in Sydney, in the sense that it’s a 40-flavour cabinet. We do one special every day from Tuesday to Saturday, and each special flavour lasts for a week from the day it goes in… It’s a bit tricky, but we’re going to attempt to do it on the same day in Melbourne as well.”

Gelato will be churned fresh onsite every day. So the same high standards of quality apply and there will also be the famous selection of gelato cakes available.

The Melbourne team is headed up by managing partner Simone Panetta, who has been working with gelato since he was 11 years old and has been labelled a gelato pioneer, working with chefs including Sergio Colalucci (gelato world champion 2006) and has done stints in Melbourne at Guy Grossi’s Grossi Florentino, Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde and most recently Neil Perry’s Rosetta.

The opening is scheduled to coincide with the Night Noodle Market in late October or early November this year.

Gelato Messina
237 Smith Street, Fitzroy