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by Justine Crowley (follow)
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Ready to tuck in

Gelato Messina has turned ice cream loving Sydney siders on their heads, and in a pleasant way. Their ice creams might (just might) convert you into an ice cream lover if you aren't one already. Food for thought. Sorry, Sydney Food Lovers - terrible pun.

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One of the designs to suit the area outside the shop

They took their time, and hooray - Gelato Messina has opened up shop at Hall Street on Bondi Beach - right next to the Adina Apartment Hotel in October 2013.

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As you may already be aware, Gelato Messina is located in the following suburbs:

Surry Hills
The Star - Pyrmont

And now Bondi. Yes, surfers and swimmers can have their Gelato Messina fix in tourist and beach loving central. The catch: well, there isn't one except a steep walk up a hill to fetch yours.

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The ice cream is still Gelato Messina quality, yet the service is too hit and miss here. So disappointed. Why? The staff first and foremost mention that there are 'specials.' I mean, Gelato Messina - you sell ice to the eskimos. Why the hell do you need a specials board? I am confused. An ice creamery does not need one, and I don't think the price of my two scoops in a cup gelato came out any cheaper by picking one of the flavours from this list.

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The trademark

The service, yeah a bit ordinary. Not memorable at all. A bit cold.

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My cassata at the back

Thankfully my gelato was delicious. Although it melted quite quickly (warm weather, thank you) I loved my scoop of pistachio, and a scoop of cassata.

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My pistachio at the front right

I was asked if I wanted to try some ice cream. The Lychee Martini looked promising, yet I wasn't in the mood for anything alcoholic on this occasion. Iv'e tried their Fig & Marsala before. No thanks. Pistachio it was to sample first, and then I was sold. Lovely flavour, so divine. It just melted too quickly. I specifically requested my pistachio to be the bottom scoop in my cup, and not the top. They got it the other way around. I wanted my cassata (vanilla with dark chocolate pieces and crystallised fruits) on top. Oh well, fusspots just had to get over it and move on. So I did.

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Known for their cakes too

Excellent value for money. Pity about the ordinary service.

Rating: 8/10

Where: 61 Hall Street Bondi Beach NSW
Why: For the awesome Gelato Messina of course.
Cost: Two scoops of ice cream in a cup = $6.
When: On a hot day. Anytime from midday.

Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes


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