Monday, June 09, 2014

Gelato Messina, Parramatta (!!!!)

When we first moved out to Parramatta we would often joke that our Westie life would be complete when Gelato Messina opened up shop in our suburb.  In the meantime we often found ourselves making the 30km drive back to my old stomping ground in Darlinghurst for a scoop...or two. Yes, we love it THAT much.

Fast forward (slowly) a mere three and half years down the track and it seems that our silly dream has come true (I'm now joke wishing that Miss Chu and Menya Mappen would open in Parramatta...HINT HINT). I never actually thought they'd open up out here so I'm still in shock!

We swung by on their first night of business (to collect a box of gelato they were gifting to local bloggers) and it was insanely crowded...which to me is a VERY good thing as it indicates they'll be successful and stick around.

Never fear though! When we popped back in the next day after lunch the lines were much more tame. We also did a drive-by yesterday at about 6pm and things weren't at the scary line stage...yet!

I probably don't need to rave too much about the amazing gelato flavours here, but for the record Dave ordered a scoop of the Oreogasm (a special flavour) and I went for a dairy-less Salted Coconut and Mango sorbet. And yes, they were FREAKING amazing!

I hope the arrival of a super-successful Eastern Suburbs food venture will make other restaurants and cafes finally take notice of Parramatta. I get really disheartened when I see cafe after cafe open in the same suburbs. I mean how many weekend brunch spots does Surry Hills really need? We have TWO...and we need more.  The people of Western Sydney GET good food and they love it...we just need more great places out here....especially for weekend brunch. So who's next?

Gelato Messina is at 279 Church Street, Parramatta.


  1. Cindy (a foodie's joy)June 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I am absolutely heartened at this news too! Hope to check it out this coming weekend! And yes, can more great cafes open up in the west please?!? Pretty please? :)

  2. Damn straight, so ridiculously overcrowded is the inner city market when it comes to cafes and the like. There's only a few great ones here and everyone swarms to them. We need more!
    Can't wait to visit Messina soon !!

  3. Yum, looks so good Mel. It is rather cold here today but I still feel like ice cream! Enjoy :)

  4. Such exciting news!

  5. Helen (grabyourfork)June 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    So envious! I wish I had Messina in my suburb! lol

  6. the excitement!!! i foresee copious amounts of gelato in our future!!

  7. The salted coconut & mango sorbet is insanely delicious (especially when paired with choc sorbet). Glad you have a local Messina now!

  8. OMG YES! there should be more awesome brunch areas in places other than the inner west and eastern suburbs! good to see that Messina opened in parra. will def hit it up soon

  9. Sherrie @ Crystal NoirJune 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Oh yum, anything coconut flavour and I'm won over! Lucky one has opened in your suburb :P

  10. i missed out on this! lucky im not too far from the city to get regular messina feeds!

  11. Could not agree more! I'm currently based in Bankstown and have found one cafe (Chinchilla) which reminds me of said Surry Hills-esque brunch spots. Sufice to say, I'm there quite a lot, they're probably getting sick of seeing my face!

  12. So good they opened up in Parramatta! I have yet to get down there but I see many late night gelato runs for me in the future.


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