Piccolina – the gelateria known for using house-made nut butters, freshly baked bread and homemade jam in its ice-cream – launched its vegan gelato range last year, and now it's back with three new vegan flavours.

Bacio (Italian chocolate with hazelnut), peanut butter with chocolate-cookie crumble and lemon cheesecake will be added to the menu for a one-week trial run. Also back on the menu is last year’s favourite, pistachio.

“If we didn’t put pistachio on, I think there would have been an uproar,” says Piccolina owner Sandra Foti.

While the gelateria was already selling a vegan dark-chocolate gelato and a handful of dairy-free sorbets, Foti and her team wanted to provide some creamier options for the lactose-averse.

“It was about doing the flavours that vegans never get to have,” she says.

There’ll be vegan milkshakes, too, made with your choice of gelato flavour and rice milk – which Piccolina has made the transition to after experimenting with almond milk last year.

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“Almond milk is beautiful, but it can cover the flavours,” explains Foti. “With the rice milk, that intensity in each of the flavours comes through a lot more.”

While Piccolina’s vegan week is supposed to be just that – a week – last year’s response means that Foti wouldn’t be surprised if they have to extend it a little longer this year too.

Piccolina's Vegan Gelato Week runs until January 17.


This article was updated on January 14, 2019 at 10.33am.