Pidapipo Gelateria in the CBD has granitas, Sicilian brioche ice-cream sandwiches and a custom pink terrazzo floor. This is Lisa Valmorbida’s third gelato store, and its in one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways.
Fans will recognise Pidapipo’s signature neon signage but the city location is a sleeker evolution of the more playful, colourful outposts in Carlton and Windsor. It's also the smallest store to date.
Pidapipo’s longtime designer Rabindra Naidoo has installed bevelled mirrors, leather stools and marble benches in a fit-out inspired by 1920s Italian ‘rationalist’ architecture and the 1930s meets Mad Hatter’s tea party. The shop front features a dramatic steel-framed circular window, which speaks to more curves inside: the polished plaster ceiling is barrel vaulted.
The store offers 20 rotating flavours each day, including dulce de leche, black sesame, blood orange granita and fior di latte. All Valmorbida’s gelati is made from scratch each day with Italian and locally sourced ingredients, such as cheese from St Kilda cheesemonger La Formaggeria and honey from a beehive set up on a Carlton rooftop.
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