Lavezzi Gelati – From Italy With Love
Lavezzi Gelati has come to Melbourne from the town of Formia, North of Naples, bringing with it all the love that goes into making top quality gelati from premium fruits, nuts, coffee and dairy ingredients. I enjoyed wonderfully flavoured ricotta and pear gelati and, by way of comparison, also tried the ricotta and citrus. Both were exceptional in texture, freshness and flavour. I could really taste fresh ricotta but with the creamy, smooth texture of gelati. I guess this is not surprising given they are all prepared fresh daily by a qualified gelato maker. You can watch him preparing the gelati at the back of the stylish new store in Lygon street but it is hard to tear your eyes away the long list on the wooden menu board as you agonise over which flavour to choose. Rather than mountains of gelati with eye catching decorative fruit or nuts as flavour credentials, these luscious delights are hidden inside metal pots with lids to retain their freshness. There are a couple of tables inside where you can finish off your gelati indulgence with a coffee.
Lavezzi Gelati has two stores in Melbourne: 334 Lygon Street, Carlton and Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.