It may only be a small space, but Pidapipo Fitzroy has plenty of room for some of Melbourne’s best gelato. Inspired by a passion for Italian culture and food, and a hankering sweet tooth passed on from her grandfather, owner Lisa Valmorbida travelled to Carpigiani Gelato University to learn from the best.
Using the finest ingredients and creating recipes that have been tried and tested, each flavour is made in-store. They are kept fresh the true Italian way, stored in in stainless steel tins with lids called pozzettis. The flavours are made from scratch daily, and customers are in clear view of the process, watching the magic unfold. The pistachios come from Sicily, hazelnuts from Piedmont, milk from Warrnambool, cheese from St Kilda cheesemongers La Formaggeria and honey from bees that are kept on the roof, an installation set up by Honey Fingers. After all, fresh is best. With chalkboard menus dishing up the daily flavours, small tables and stools, and notes of copper, marble and brass, it’s this dedication to freshness that allows Pidapipo to deliver some of the most sought-after gelato in the area.
First it’s the choice between cup and cone. Then comes the greed factor: do I want 1, 2 or 3 scoops? The indulgent experience starts with a chocolate tap that fills the tip of your cone with dark, milk or white chocolate. From there, choose between classic flavours such as pistachio, rose, and ricotta and fig, or sweeter varieties such as peanut butter and salted caramel. We suggest trying more than one flavour though. Then comes the final decision: what toppings? Take your flavour choice to the next level by covering it in lashings of hot Nutella, straight from the tap. Or why not top it off with honeycomb from Honey Fingers? There is limited seating available, but you’ll be looking for one when your first jam-packed bite of gelato goodness knocks your socks off. If a cone or cup isn’t your thing, we highly suggest ordering a Sicilian brioche roll, packed full of gelato and all your favourite trimmings. What could be better than buttery pastry and ice cream?
There are also dairy free choices available, so no one has to miss out. Try the fruitier flavours such as plum, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry and lime, all on offer to freshen up your taste buds.
The space is part kitchen, part retail store, and customers are invited to purchase take-home tubs as well as tubs of Honey Fingers honey. No one is judging if you walk out with both – we will be.