"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" If this is a chant that you often hear from friends and loved ones then you're in the right city. That's because in Sydney we've got more than our fair share of fabulous ice cream and gelato joints – and many of them are pushing the boundaries of what exactly they can do with the flavours of this classic sweet treat.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of different varieties out there to try but to save you some time, we've picked 10 of the most lip-lickingly delicious for you.
Our first pick comes from Riva Reno Gelato and is a very modern recreation of a 16th-century recipe devised to celebrate the completion of the Belvedere Fortress in Florence. It's an incredible blend of custard gelato and orange peel. In a word, magnifico!
Pistacchio di Bronte
. || PISTACCHIO BRONTE || . ・ We probably don't talk about this enough, but it is one of our best sellers. A significant amount of research has gone into our pistachio. It is made specifically for us to our specification from one of the most famous family companies in Sicily. Each year, the blend changes depending on the crop of the Bronte pistachio. The precise grind, the amount of skin used, and the amount of roasting is all specified by RivaReno. It truly is amazing. Combine this with our carefully researched recipe- which uses a huge amount of this precious ingredient- and the result is an explosion of flavour. Nothing artificial is added. Did you know that the pistachio grown in Bronte, Sicily is considered the best in the world due in part to the rich nutrients in the volcanic soil? Did you know that every second year the pistachio buds are cut off to stop them from producing fruit, thereby channeling energy back to the plant, resulting in a higher, even better quality fruit the next year? ・ ・ #rivareno #gelato #fresh #crownst #darlinghurst #surryhills #thestreetsofbarangaroo #barangaroo #sydney #nomnom #dessert #rivarenosummer #pistacchio #smallbatch #laboratorioitaliano
Also from Riva Reno, it's pistachio ice cream like you've never tasted before. That's because the nuts which are only harvested every two years from a particular part of Italy give an especially intense flavour – and their roasting is personally overseen by the gelato makers themselves.
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Third up from Riva Reno is a unique flavour inspired by the Big Apple and which captures its essence in a creamy combination of maple syrup from over the border in Canada and pecan nuts roasted and blended to give a very satisfying crunch.
Pannacotta with fig jam and amaretti biscuits
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Messina continues to innovate and surprise with the flavours on the menu. This is a great example that combines the lightness of pannacotta with the rich fruitiness of fig jam and the almondy crunch of the amaretti biscuits.
The chefs at Messina have taken a more local approach with this one using Australian macadamia nuts and combining them with caramelised white chocolate to create a lighter kind of ice cream that's sure to leave you wanting more.
Peanut butter fudge with choc chips
If it's a truly decadent dessert that you're after then the aptly named Gelatissimo may have the answer. Their peanut butter fudge with choc chips scores on so many levels that it's hard to pick out whether the rich fudge or the choc chips are its high point.
To prove that it's not all about indulgence and excess, Gelatissimo also produce this clean-living twist on green tea – but which still manages to satisfy the ice cream craving in us all - especially those who don't like their desserts overly sweet.
Ice cream makers N2 Extreme Gelato take a strictly scientific approach to flavours, cooking up ideas in their kitchen lab. This is one of their most recent creations featuring chocolate gelato, orange peel and honeycomb, all dusted with cocoa powder.
Another of N2's creations, this is positively bursting with coconut flavour. It's more of a sorbet but it also has cocoa nibs, a chocolate coating plus a syringe of coconut ganache.
There you have them. Quite difficult to pick one, eh? Remember, there are literally thousands more interesting flavours out there on the streets of Sydney. Once you've given these a go, don't forget to experiment with the rest - it's imperative, with the summer coming up and so much tasty creativity in our city.
Check out some of the Sydney's greatest gelatos for yourself - and let Deliveroo speed them to you whenever you want.