|Large cup: Blood plum, hazelnut, chocolate, mango/passionfruit - $7.50|
Spring Street Grocery
157 Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9662-1520
The very first time I went to Europe, on a 6-week backpacking jaunt as a bright-eyed twenty year old, I hadn't even planned to include Italy on my itinerary - but a few months before the trip, an issue of Vogue Entertaining and Travel came out with a feature on Sicilian gelato. I thought to myself: "I've made a huge mistake!", enrolled myself in Italian classes and rearranged my itinerary so that a third of my trip was spent eating my way across la bella Italia. Best decision ever!
Flash forward to the present - I was incredibly excited when I saw this tweet from Alan Campion, sharing the address of a new artisan gelateria (and soon to be fancy-schmancy grocery store) on Spring Street.
We've visited twice now, and I totally love it! They make absolutely excellent Italian-style gelati and sorbets, with a mixture of classic and adventurous flavours that seem to rotate regularly. It is literally the best gelato I have ever had in Australia, and even better than a lot of the gelati I've had in Italy and other parts of Europe. I've been blabbing on endlessly about it to my friends and family - and now, I'm sharing it with you. (The below photos were taken on two separate visits with friends - I didn't eat all that gelato to myself!)
|Spring Street Grocery|
I must admit, on my first visit I was a bit shocked at the prices - $6.50 for a medium, for which you get up to three flavours in a rather small looking cup - however, you can really taste the quality of the ingredients. They're also quite rich and intensely flavoured, so they're definitely satisfying. (Sometimes I feel the medium is actually too much!) Totally worth it. Visit, visit now!
|Medium cone: Banana/date, salted caramel and chocolate, fior di latte - $6.50|
I couldn't resist ordering an espresso to make an impromptu affogato with the fior di latte gelato in the bottom of my cone. (N.B. fior di latte is a milk flavour, not mozzarella gelato!)
|Impromptu affogato - $3.50 for the espresso|
|Medium cup: Watermelon/mint, turmeric/cardamom/pistachio, fior di latte - $6.50|
|Medium cone: Chocolate, salted caramel/chocolate - $6.50|
|Large cup: Chocolate, hazelnut, cinnamon/pear/pinenut, coffee - $7.50|
|Medium cup: Peach/apricot, hazelnut, chocolate - $6.50|