• Messina (Sydney vs Melbourne)

The Sydney/Melbourne rivalry is under constant banter: weather and beach vs culture and food, designer brands vs boutiques, fun vs sophisticated.  I love Melbourne.  I like Sydney too.  But on this one occasion, I had to be defeated.  The Messina gelato is better in Sydney.

In the sunny seaside city for a girlie weekend, we were taken to Messina at the casino to try the famous ice-cream.  With a focus on making everything from scratch, you can see it is the little things that make the big grander.  Of course I had to taste many flavours before deciding on which to reward with a place in my take-away cup.  The pannacotta with fig jam amaretti was amazing.  The apple pie was less rich.  In the end it was the special of peanut pretzel brownie and salted caramel with white chocolate that won.

This ice-cream was so incredibly creamy and indulgent that I blissfully lapped up whilst sitting on the lawn in the sun with a view of the harbour.  I love peanut butter and brownies.  It was novel to have shards of crispy, salted pretzels in the mix too.  The caramel was decadent.  As my friend, who had chosen the pannacotta with fig jam amaretti, pointed out: salted caramel is too rich to enjoy a full scoop.  I began to have food envy.

My envy was met when a few days ago, I finally tried the Melbourne equivalent.  We were relieved to see no queue, despite the warm day.  Only a fool would make the same mistake twice, so I ordered the pannacotta with fig jam amaretti and milk chocolate with peanut fudge.  The fudge was sweet and nutty.  The chocolate was not overly rich or overpowering.  The pannacotta was enjoyable with streams of the crunchy, toffee jam, but underwhelming compared to the last time I tried it.  It lacked the richness and decadence of the Sydney original.

Messina - Melbourne
237 Smith St
Fitzroy 3065
03 9017 5470

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

Messina - Sydney
Shop 1/241 Victoria St
Darlinghurst 2010
02 8354 1223

Gelato Messina Darlinghurst on Urbanspoon


  1. Lis was it as good as the ice-cream we had last night??!!

  2. The ice-cream last night was pretty amazing. I also wrote a post on the burnt fig and honeycomb flavour a while ago http://nouveaupotato.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/the-ultimate-indulgence-sauternes-with.html So indulgent.

  3. Yes, the perpetual Sydney/Melbourne rivalry... I lived in Sydney for more than 20 years, then moved to Italy and finally ended up in Melbourne because of work. I do miss the beaches in Sydney and the weather was more consistent and less temperamental. But Malaysian food in Melbourne is definitely better. I must try the gelato on my next visit to Sydney. It sounds amazing. Summer is finally here so it's a good time for gelati. Ros

  4. Wow! Ros, you have lived everywhere! I agree, the Sydney beaches are beautiful. It is definitely gelato appropriate weather in Melbourne today :)

  5. I was in Sydney for NYE and of course I tried the gelati at Messina. I tried three different flavours: gianduia (it reminded me of Italy), salted caramel with coconut and Dulce de leche (it was a bit too sweet for me). On the whole, it was great! Ros