gelato messina big design market

Hailing from Melbourne, The Big Design Market has made it to Sydney this year in all of it’s glory.  Offering a bazaar of local and internationally designed homewares, textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, stationery and heaps of stuff for the kids… you’re bound to find something that you can’t live without.

We’re debuting MR MESSINA, our newest addition to the events team! He’ll be filled with 2 custom designed flavours and 2 signatures, ready to pump out scoops to the happy punters.

We’ll be set up in the food precinct outside along with our other foodie friends Mary’s, Porteno and Archie Rose.

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NO SOUP FOR YOU!  Well not really, our Soup Kitchen is back and there’s plenty of tinned “soup” to go round.

With the Royal Croquet Club making it to Bondi this year after doing the rounds in Melbourne and Adelaide last year, we’ve re-created our MESSINA SOUP KITCHEN, ready to feed our four saucy soft serve gelato tins to all you hungry croquet champions.

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Yee…Haw! We’re getting ready to dig our hooves into The Park at Melbourne Cup Carnival spring races this year.   The place you can trot over to, have a dance, eat and drink, kick your shoes off and relax.

You’ll find us over in the food precinct along with Biggie Smalls, Huxtaburger, Burn City Smokers and a whole bunch of bars.

What’s in store for you lucky punters?  Two positively boozy & two not so boozy sundaes for you to come and graze on (sorry, no hay or carrots are on the menu).   If you’re feeling as posh as a pedigree – opt for the ETON MESSINA, decadently layered with strawberries and custard soft serve. But if you’re in need of a friend – I’M SO NEGR-ONELY; bitter orange, campari and chocolate concoction is there to hold your hand.  Whats left? You can go nuts with THE NUTTY PROFESSOR or get totally peached on champagne sorbet.

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Ni hao, kon’nichiwa, sawatdee-kah!! We chimed into our oriental origins and asked our chefs to come up with the most VERY VERY GOOD creations they could think of; to bring you the best lucky dip of Asian desserts for NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2016! and so the VERY VERY GOOD LUCKY FORTUNE BAR was born.

Over three weeks in the best season of the year (food festival season), you’ll be able to get your hands on four exclusive, extra sticky Messina treats!

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find the store

Tramsheds is one of Sydney’s lost treasures, which has now been restored to its former glory.

The abandoned 1904 Tramway Depot famed for it’s graffiti has now relaunched as Harold Park TRAMSHEDS, Glebe – designed specifically to house a hand selected bunch of Australia’s finest providers and purveyors of food innovation.

The site’s history has provided some interesting inspo for Messina founder Nick Palumbo. As well as being a mad scientist with an obsession for gelato, Nick is also a self described ‘frustrated architect’.  You may have noticed our most recent stores are getting more and more 70’s with a dose of art deco in them…another one of Nick’s obsessions. Don’t worry there aren’t too many more.

Before every Messina opening, Nick disappears from the office, sets up camp on site (grows a questionable beard) and doesn’t leave that site until the Messina is open for business.

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Messina Mobile - Royal Melbourne Show

We’re rolling into the ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW in our seriously retro 1969 Citroen MESSINA MOBILE – you can learn more about the new addition to our family here.

Come and visit us to get your hands on our hand made choc tops and custom scoops:

CREMINO CHOC TOP – choc lined waffle cone, italian meringue, choc hazelnut ganache, salted caramel gelato, dark choc dip and amaretti biscuits

THE HONEY POT CHOC TOP – Choc lined waffle cone, milk choc gelato, honeycomb pieces, yellow white choc dip, honeycomb sprinkles

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NEWTOWN STORE: 262 King Street, Newtown 


We’re opening our first Newtown store today – right smack bang in the middle of King Street!

We’re taking over the honorary position of the old Gelatomassi site that has stood proud for the past 14 years.

“I’ve known the boys from Massi since they opened their doors in 2003. We’ve always liked Newtown as a potential destination but the truth is it felt a bit crowded with gelato operators so the time was never quite right. With the boys now moving on, it felt like a nice transition for everyone. We move into a site with a bit of history and take over from someone that’s been a true local in the Newtown food scene for years.  Gelatomassi’s longest serving employee is even staying on to help steer the ship!” Nick Palumbo (Messina)


“We’ve been looking to move on from Gelatomassi for some time now. It really was just time for a sea change and we wanted to concentrate on other business interests we have. The conversation with Nick and the Messina guys taking over our site started about a year ago. Until now the time wasn’t quite right for us or them. I’m pleased to say its now a reality. We’ve known Nick for well over 10 years and we can’t think of a better operator to take over from where Massi has left off. Gelato Messina’s reputation speaks for itself.” Salvatore La Rosa (Gelatomassi)

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smooth chocolate festival

A festival dedicated to all things chocolate and the best of the local dessert world? Sign us up! We’ve recreated the best of our smooth & oozy gelato chocolate bars to fulfil your nostalgic dreams at Smooth Festival of Chocolate.

Rip open Messina’s plastic wrapper to reveal set chocolate, gelato, fudges, sauces, creams, brownies and other delicious crunchy morsels of goodness!

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Sydney CBD dwellers, you can now get your Messina fix right at your doorstep! It’s been a long time coming, but we’re happy to announce that we’ve opened a new store in Circular Quay, fittingly on the first day of spring!

We’ve opened up in GATEWAY– the new and much needed food precinct to hit Sydney’s city foreshore along with Din Tai Fung, Four Frogs Creperie and Workshop Espresso. You’re now able to walk to the Opera House before your scoop melts…

We’re hoping this will brighten up the late night eating scene for those hitting the town (we’re next to Macca’s) or stuck in a consulting firm crunching numbers and auditing – there’s Messina at the end of the spreadsheet.

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MADE IN SYDNEY – We’re on the panel

Messina Made in y

We’re hanging out with our techy friends at General Assembly on Wednesday 7 September for the first of a free three-part series at aMBUSH Gallery called Made in Sydney.

As with most people here in Sydney, we’re obsessed with food, and we’re particularly obsessed with creativity in the food industry. Having recently opened the Messina Creative Department, aptly named that as it’s by far the most creative department here at Messina, we’re becoming more obsessed with how we can be creative in desserts and gelato and everything we do.

SO…we’ve pimped out one Messina owner, Declan Lee to the panel discussion to discuss, argue and ponder what makes everything tick in Sydney and food.

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