Finally the west side of Melbourne gets some decent gelato thanks to 1565 Gelateria in Kensington. Judging by the weekend mobs it’s been a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
1565 Gelateria is named after the year that gelati was supposedly invented in Florence. This Italian family-run business also make their gelati on site using traditional Italian methods.
You can see all the action behind big glass screens, such as the pistachios being painstakingly shelled, one by one, for your smooth, fresh, not-fluorescent-green pistachio gelati (a regular sell out). The menu also uses Italian names, making no apologies if you don’t know that nocciola is hazelnut.
The shopfront is small but extends far back, which makes it unusual amongst artisan gelato shops in Melbourne – there’s seating! There are bar stools and small tables at the front and more comfy couches at the back with a fireplace (cos all weather is ice cream weather). The grey walls are adorned with amusing ice-cream related artwork which is available for purchase.
Normally my go-to gelati flavour is nocciola but in this case I have to say that their torrone is better. I liked the creaminess of the base, the chunky nuts embedded inside and I don’t miss the candied fruit which is traditional is such nougat. All of their fruit flavours tasted like just-picked fruit and I even detected hints of peel in my peach gelato.
I also don’t know where they get their waffle cones from but I thought they were particularly crisp and light.
The servings are generous too – $4.50 for a single scoop and $6 for a massive double scoop.
In addition to gelato they serve Illy coffee and other Italian desserts such as cannoli and frangipane tarts by Impasto Forno Antico in Avondale Heights. They also have shelf of Italian bread from the same bakery.
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1565 Gelateria, 3 Gower St, Kensington 9376 1965
Mon-Thu: 12 noon – 10pm
Fri – Sun: 12 noon – midnight