The gelato has been around for decades. From its birth place in Sicily to arriving onto the shores of Australia – after World War Two – the gelato has been enjoyed by many. For most of us, the gelato symbolises fond childhood memories of holding a cone and enjoying the unique textures and out of-this-world flavours. It seems we all can’t get enough of gelato!
Pidapipo is the latest gelateria to open its permanent store on Lygon Street, Carlton. After having much success at the Faraday Street ‘test lab’, owner Lisa Valmorbida wasted little time in seeking out the ideal location to launch Pidapipo.
Pidapipo is a type of hand gesture game Lisa played with her nonno when she was growing up. The stores draws inspiration from her nonno; offering gelato that Lisa’s nonno would be proud of and is set within an inviting decor. The polished concrete floors and slight disheveled walls are complemented with beautiful downlights that focus on the centre stage – that being the gelato – brings a sense of curiosity and attraction.
Once Lisa had qualified as a chef and worked at a number of restaurants, her goal turned to focusing on specialising on one product. Upon settling on gelato, she jet-stetted to Caprigiani Gelato University to learn all there was needed to know about this craft.
Combining her food and gelato knowledge, Pidapipo offers patrons the experience of enjoying the classic Italian gelato flavours and exciting the taste buds with modern creations. Whether being a sucker for the classic Ricotta & Fig or Fior Di Latte, or curious to taste Burnt Butter or Rhubarb & Vincotto – Pidapipo offers the right balance of classic and modern gelato.
Pidapipo prides itself on sourcing the highest quality ingredients, and all of the gelato is made fresh and stored on site to ensure quality isn’t comprised. For the gelato connoisseur, Pidapipo releases a seasonal range of flavours every three months. Inspiration will not only be drawn from Lisa’s hospitality experience, but collaborating with other chefs, designers and people outside of the industry.
Having the opportunity to sample a few flavours, it’s evident to see the commitment and quality Pidapipo is aiming to achieve. From the peanut butter that is really defining on the palate to the exceptional soft and inspiring Pavlova and Passion fruit – there is no bad choice! Not to mention the much loved pistachio gelato that surprisingly had an authentic taste and nutty texture.
From sweet to nutty or something more adventurous, Pidapipo has a flavour for all. Instead of contemplating the dessert menu at your dining destination, go for a little stroll to Pidadpipo to experience a real gelato on Lygon Street.
299 Lygon Street
Mon – Sun: 12 – 11pm