Augustus Gelatery Sunbury
It’s easy to leave reality behind for a sweet moment inside this corner gelateria. The fit-out involves colourful patterns emerging from black-panelled wood on the walls, and there’s a pink and green glow of a neon ice-cream cone on the back wall (it’s almost entrancing – but the rainbow display of 32 ice-creams in the cabinet is even more so). This is a place to sit down and enjoy your ice-cream in.
Apart from its smaller size this shop – which is by owners Joe Molinaro and Paul Vernuccio – is a mirror image of the gelataria’s Pascoe Vale outpost.
In the cabinet, find a mix of Wonka-esque and more traditional flavours. There’s fig and almond; chunky Tim Tam; liquorice; crumbly strawberry cheesecake; sweet cotton candy; charcoal vanilla, and espresso; plus sorbets such as mango, blood orange and lemon. Rotating specials include an (alcohol-free) Aperol spritz sorbet, pavlova, buffalo-milk gelato and more. The team uses roasted nuts, organic fruits and purees to craft each flavour.
The emphasis here is on quality not quantity. Places that deal in large quantities of gelato use continuous freezers, which can efficiently produce more product, but can also lead to aerated ice-cream. Instead, the team here uses batch freezers, but the trade-off is they can only produce a certain amount. But that works out better for the customer, who is always getting something fresh.