I should admit that I have a soft spot for small, family run food businesses - if not for anything else, a family run eatery insures quality, as their name and the business itself is at stake. When I read of another family owned eatery, I had no reservations in turning up to try their fare. That is how I ended up the family owned gelateria, Cremeria De Luca in Five Dock.
Simple in appearance.
From what I read in the newsletter that prompted me to visit the gelateria, Cremeria De Luca has quite a fascinating history. The first gelateria owned by the family was opened in Sardinia by Luigi and Gavina De Luca in 1985. When they moved to Sydney, they realized that gelato was almost unheard of here so Luigi took it upon himself to introduce the craft of gelato making to many Sydney-siders, which ultimately culminated in the birth of Cremeria De Luca in Five Dock.
No glass display cabinets.
The homely, non-pretentious look and old-fashioned kiosk-like charm of the store itself would have been enough to entice us to walk in for a snoop around, but knowing the history behind the store made our visit that much more special. De Luca's was the first gelateria I have visited where gelato was not displayed in tubs inside glass cabinets. Here, at the Cremeria, you go by words and not visuals, with small signs lining the counter introducing the available flavours. There is plenty to choose from, with all the usual culprits including pistachio, chocolate, and vanilla available, as well as a few flavours that are a little more unique, including chilli chocolate, cinnamon, zabaglione and the strange, but very patriotic Vegemite gelato.
Pistachio and Berry; my favourites.
Also lined up on the counter are glass containers in various shapes and sizes filled with other famous delicacies from cannoli and profiteroles, to brioche. At De Luca's you can just grab a scoop of gelato, or if you're more adventurous you can opt to have a topping on your gelato or even chose one of the goodies in the glass jars to accompany your gelato.
Not only a gelateria.
I for one, love indulging in my gelato and ice-creams without any added syrups or munchies. For this reason, I ended up with scoop of pistachio gelato in a cup. A sinful instant sugar hit for sure.The absence of the usual pistachio flakes made this gelato even more creamy and heavenly.
Cannoli filled with thick chocolate gelato.
Though my all time favourite gelato flavor had always been pistachio, at De Luca’s I found a new favourite which came in the form of a creamy, vibrant pink, berry gelato. The deliciousness of this berry gelato was unbelievable.
The more adventurous one at the table opted to fill a cannoli with thick chocolate gelato and proceeded to parade it for all of us to see. To my delight I was able to steal a bite of this amazing, mouthwatering creation.
There are many options to choose from at De Luca's.
Like I said, family-run eateries tend to create exceptionally high quality food. The passion they have for creating and maintaining quality products is evident in every bite you take. Here at the Cremeria De Luca I felt the extra effort they went to and I left a very happy customer, hoping to return soon for more deliciousness.
The homely décor.
One last word of advice, the gelateria does not have EFTPOS facilities therefor it is advised you take cash if you are visiting.
Rating: 9 /10
Where: 84 Ramsay Rd, Five Dock, 2046
Why: For delicious gelato.
Cost: A traditional cone $3.50, a cup from $4.00
When: Monday closed.
Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 10pm.
Friday - Saturday 9am - 11am.
Sunday 9am - 6pm.