With summer drawing closer, most of us will be hitting the streets in search for refreshing, frozen desserts to keep us cool this hot season. Opposite the Coffee Club in Rouse Hill’s Town Centre comes a small Italian gelato café, opening its doors and offering customers an extensive range of different flavours of Italian gelato and desserts. Regali Dolci is the name.
The exterior of this small café presents something both traditional and modern, with a touch of simplicity. The clean, white outer walls against the sleek, black sign centred above the glass doors make it hard to miss the entrance into this gelato café. The grooved pillars and arched windows add to the outer aesthetics that are immediately captured at the first glance.
This beautiful painting on the wall is hard to miss.
Walking inside, you can’t help the way your eye is drawn around the decorations that make up the simplicity and beauty of this café. To the right sits a small, round table with matching chairs, giving you the perfect opportunity to take a seat while you eat your gelato and admire the painted image on the wall next to you. The image is quite lovely and warms your heart as you remember the way ice-cream was once served in carts.
Regali Dolci call these 'moughnuts' - short for massive doughnut.
To the right of the café, a coffee machine stands in front of a window full of delicious pastries, serving Di Bella Coffee and Tea by T2. Fresh jam-filled doughnuts, round sugar-coated doughnuts and even those topped with chocolate would be a great accompaniment with a cup of brewed coffee or tea. These giant treats will only set you back $4. Also on offer are slices of sweet cakes such as the baked ricotta cake, as well as buttery cookies including viennese fingers. Furthermore, if you’re lucky and come at the right time, you could score yourself a freshly filled cannoli.
Indulgent flavours of gelato
Of course, the main attraction of this café is the gelato, with two windows overlooking into the rows of tubs with over 40 different flavours. Many of these flavours are also coded to show whether they are ‘95% Fat Free’, ‘Egg Free’, ‘Nut Free’ and even ‘Gluten Free’.
On one side of the window, the indulgent flavours are on offer. There is something for everyone, from the chocoholics who would enjoy flavours such as Toblerone and Choc Fudge Brownie, biscuit lovers indulging in a bit of Oreo or Tim Tam and even parents who may lean towards the Rum Raisin, Bailey’s Irish Cream or Tiramisu. New flavours are also bound to pop up every now and then. But for those who prefer fruity, refreshing gelato - Regali Dolci also offers a range of sorbets. Lemon, Mango Coconut, Strawberry and Banana are just some of these flavours.
Fruity and refreshing flavours of gelato
Since I have a sweet tooth, I opted to get two scoops of gelato in a cup, although there are options to have it in a waffle cone. While a waffle cone would have been perfect for that extra crunchy texture against the smooth gelato, a cup was much easier to share with my mum and sister.
Two scoops of gelato - Crème Caramel and Tiramisu.
The first two flavours we decided to try were Crème Caramel and Tiramisu ($6.50 for two scoops). As a lover of both caramel and coffee, I knew these two flavours would satisfy my taste buds. The Crème Caramel leaned towards a sweeter caramel and was much lighter in colour, with swirls of caramel syrup. The Tiramisu had a subtle coffee flavour that was not too bitter or strong, but just the right amount of coffee to keep with the sweetness and creaminess of the gelato.
Two more scoops of gelato - Choc Fudge Brownie and Caramel Popcorn
In the second cup, we went straight for the childhood favourites with Choc Fudge Brownie and Caramel Popcorn ($6.50 for two scoops). The Choc Fudge Brownie was definitely full of indulgent chocolate flavour with small pieces of fudgy brownies. In other words, I would describe it as the ‘guilty pleasure’ type of gelato. Caramel Popcorn, unlike the Crème Caramel, had a more bitter caramel flavour, and was darker in colour and had pieces of caramel popcorn inside for that extra popcorn texture.
Anyone with a super sweet tooth and a love for ice-cream will be satisfied with the flavours on offer here at Regali Dolci. Of course, if you can’t decide what flavours you want to get - ask the staff for a small sample, and they will be happy to hand you a tiny spoon with a scoop of that delicious Italian gelato.
Where: Regali Dolci, Shop GR048A The Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill NSW.
Why: There are gelato flavours to suit everyone, from little children to adults. Also, did you not see the size of those doughnuts? There’s more to Regali Dolci than just gelato.
Cost: $13 for two sets of two scoops.
When: If you’re having dinner in the Town Centre on a Saturday or Thursday night, Regali Dolci is opened until 9pm if you’re in the mood for some gelato for dessert.