Talk about well qualified. Before opening Pidapipó, Lisa Valmorbida studied at the Carpigiarni Gelato University in Bologna and then worked and ate her way around Italy’s finest gelaterias. We are the beneficiaries of her dedication, and Piadpipó, with its signature marble benches, brass light fittings and 1950s Italo-chic fit-out, is its result. Boxes in the window stuffed with luscious peaches and watermelons point to gelati that are fresh and full of natural flavours. With three stores open and counting, Pidapipó clearly has a strong and well-deserved hold on the gelato market in Melbourne.
Melbourne's ice cream and gelato scene has evolved significantly over the last few years. The past was uncomplicated: decisions such as cone or cup, vanilla or chocolate, and Flake or no Flake were as flamboyant as things got.
Now we have choices like ice cream brioche or tacos, fairy floss clouds or candied bacon, and charcoal, sea salt or ube. No matter how you roll, here are the super-duper scoopers serving Melbourne’s best ice cream, gelato and soft serve.