Get the scoop – Anita Gelato brings its world-renowned range to West Village
For some, the name Anita Gelato stirs up feelings of heart-fluttering excitement and sets saliva glands into overdrive. The brand is famous across the globe for its decadent, hand-made and real cream-based gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbets – with a portfolio of flavours tallying over 150 varieties. If you hadn’t already heard, here’s the scoop – Anita Gelato has arrived in Brisbane! Nestled in the heart of West Village, Anita Gelato’s flagship Brisbane store has been dishing out cup after cup (and cone after cone) of silky gelato and frozen yoghurt, each hefty serve topped with addictive jams, rich sauces, mixed lollies and a moreish wafer. If gelato makes you giddy, read on and treat yourself to the tasty details …
Prior to Anita Gelato serving its first scoop just before Christmas, it had been more than 25 years since the Peters Ice Cream Factory had any sort of frozen dessert crafted on site. Its heritage 1920s brick warehouse had been utilised as warehousing, studio and office space since the factory closed in 1996, then Sekisui House’s West Village development revitalised the building as the centrepiece for its living and lifestyle precinct. The idea of revisiting and honouring the site’s early history as an ice-cream manufacturer was a no-brainer decision for the development team and, as it turns out, selecting the right outfit to do the site justice was a similarly easy choice. Anita Gelato has been making waves in the national dessert scene since opening its first Australian outpost in inner-city Sydney back in 2013 (the company now boasts three more locations in Bondi, Bondi Junction and Manly). The Mediterranean-born gelateria concept, which began more than 20 years ago in the kitchen of Mama Anita, boasts a global portfolio of locations across New York City, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Sydney, Cyprus and Puerto Rico – with Brisbane now the latest city to join these exclusive ranks. Anita Gelato’s Brisbane flagship sits at the base of the Peter’s Ice Cream Factory building next to Cheeky Poké Bar and a stone’s throw from fellow newcomer Kürtősh. The 50-seater gelateria (which offers both indoor and outdoor seating) is an eye-catching and Instagrammable space, with an aesthetic reminiscent of classic European dispensary, with imported tiles and fixtures helping establish a chic and glamorous feel. The service counter features two shiny gelato cabinets filled with attention-grabbing mounds of freshly made product (the Anita team believe one must also eat with their eyes) and a selection of fruit and candy toppings for guests to ponder over.
Though it is inspired by Italian gelato-making traditions, employs Italian techniques and is equipped with gelato-making gear sourced from Italy, Anita Gelato isn’t classically Italian – some of the quintessential flavours found at traditional gelaterias cant be found here. Here, flavours are formulated from recipes first conceived in Mama Anita’s kitchen, with a Rolodex of options including 150 different kinds of frozen yogurt, sorbets, and organic sugar-free, fat-free, vegan and real cream-based gelato – all made using locally sourced ingredients. Of those 150 options, Anita Gelato boasts 32 core flavours including pistachio with white-chocolate cream, Cookieman (a gelato boasting biscuit, Nutella and meringue), milk-chocolate gelato with pretzel sauce, chocolate with almonds and caramel, mascarpone ricotta and strawberries, and pavlova (all served with a branded wafer and an edible spoon). Making choices is hard, but don’t fret – you can sample every flavour available before making your choice. If gelato isn’t your thing, swirls of frozen low-fat yoghurt topped with fresh fruit, syrup, high quality chocolate or home-made jams might be just what you’re seeking. Coffee and affogato (the latter made using Anita’s vanilla Madagascar gelato) are available for folks in need of a pick-me-up. All of Anita Gelato’s offering is made in the location’s on-site production space, with generous helpings and a high turnover rate ensuring that no flavour is more than six hours old.
Anita Gelato is now open to the public and will trade every day of the year (yes, even Christmas). Head to the Stumble Guide for operating hours and other info.
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