tiramisu smash gelato cake

Our TIRAMISU ‘SMASH’ cake is designed to GET SMASHED and he’s a big fan of his serving style.

This isn’t one bring to nan’s house for afternoon tea, or for the light hearted, it’s more to get smashed and share with your friends due to it’s epic 16 person serving size.

Loosely based on a traditional northern Italian tiramisu but with a twist, this gelato cake is a hell of a lot more fun!  Consisting of  a white chocolate, coffee ‘bowl’ filled with layers of tiramisu gelato and lady finger biscuits. This is finished with Italian coffee meringue and dusted with cocoa. Finally, top and centre is a ball made from white chocolate, rolled in coffee beans & dark chocolate filled with a coffee and marsala gel.

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Street Feud at The Prince

We’re repping on the dessert front for Street Feud on May 22 at The Deck at The Prince in Melbourne. Spend your Sunday kicking back on The Deck, and eating. Sounds pretty ideal to us.

8Bit, Acland Cantina, Pow Kitchen, Rice Paper Scissors and Tokyo Tina will all be serving up a savoury dish, then we’ll be there to well and truly finish you off with a scoop of our specially created Halo Halo flavour.

Tickets are nearly sold out >> GET ONE HERE *each ticket is $55 and includes a dish from each of the above

DATE: Sunday 22 May

WHERE: The Deck at Circa, 2 Acland St, St Kilda

Our flavour is a little homage to one of our Filipino chefs Maria who cooked us lunch at Messina HQ one day, and then whipped up the most incredible Filipino dessert halo-halo. Trust us, this flavour will have you at Halo(Halo).

Leche flan gelato, caramel custard with condensed milk swirled with ube and coconut sorbet. Smashed with jackfruit puree (Langka), candied coconut (Nata de Coco) and puffed rice crunch (Pinipg) 

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Was it real? No, of course not! 

Messina will remain open until the wholesome family friendly time of 10.30pm (and even 11pm on weekends) and delivery will run as normal! So naughty! 

Even though that was a joke, we wanted to highlight how ridiculous, the Lockout Laws are. If we’d asked you 2 years ago if Kings Cross and Darlinghurst would be a ghost town at 2am on a Saturday night, you’d probably have laughed at us as well.

Unfortunately, that part is true, and we think its sad. We loved the vibrancy, the diversity and the craziness that was The Cross!

As a business that has nothing to do with alcohol fuelled violence (unless you really go to town on poached figs and marsala), we too have inadvertently felt the effects of these reactionary, archaic, and politicised lock out laws.

We’re not complaining. We still do fine and no one has forced us to close our doors and put staff out of work. But apart from business being down, the spirit of the whole area is simply not what it used to be.

So if you stand for diversity, freedom of choice and personal responsibility, then #keepsydneyopen and fight for your right to party responsibly!

You can pick up a postcard showing our support of the Keep Sydney Open campaign in store, or send us an email to and we’ll send you one.

If you’d like to have your say on the liquor laws, you can do so here before the 4th April:


Darlinghurst & Surry Hills only


Due to circumstances beyond our control, and for reasons associated with recent changes in the NSW State Government ‘Lock Out Laws’, we regret to inform customers that our Darlinghurst and Surry Hills stores are now unable to trade past 7pm.

The current lock-out laws imposed on Sydney’s licensed venues has resulted in a marked increase in foot traffic at both our Darlinghurst and Surry Hills stores, as consumers seek alternative late night entertainment venues outside of clubs/pubs.

An unforeseen consequence of this has been an increase in what police have described as ‘frequent antisocial behaviour and overly loud, repetitive music in close proximity to Messina stores’. This increased foot traffic, combined with our existing store queues has made the situation untenable and we have been threatened with fines and potential legal action by council. We have attempted to engage in meaningful discussion with council, licensing police and all relevant stake holders but have failed to find common ground. As such, we are being forced to comply with new trading restrictions until further notice.

The trading hours for these stores will now be 11am – 7pm daily. Any delivery services will now also cease at this time.

*All other stores will continue to operate as normal, with The Star store being granted an exemption for late night trading inline with existing casino hours (what do you know?!)

** Melbourne stores are not affected

We will continue to fight these ludicrous restrictions and fight these laws which are killing the soul of our city and bring back our normal trading hours as soon as we can. Until then, enjoy some early evening, sensible time, gelato.

Join the campaign >> Show your support to #KEEPMESSINAOPEN 


In February, 2014 the NSW State Government imposed a suite of restrictions on inner city venues including a 1.30am lockout. This has unfortunately had a severe knock on affect to a number of businesses in the Darlinghurst & Surry Hills areas. Including unlicensed venues such as ours.

Crucial live music venues in Sydney have closed, several hundreds of jobs have been lost, the magic around our city is fading & now we can’t even serve you gelato after dinner. All this for what statistics show has had a minor impact on violence. Something which has actually been in decline since small-bar licenses were granted in 2008. We understand that a sugar high can have a strong effect on kids, but we didn’t realise it would be the catalyst for keeping our kids indoors and off the streets! Absurd!

This is not about violence, this is about freedom and the right to serve gelato whenever we want! A basic civil right that is being undermined as we speak. We believe that our legislators have an obligation to preserve the rights of ordinary law-abiding citizens whilst also making a night out safer and enjoyable for all ages. Gelato never killed anyone! Well maybe it did, but having access to it didn’t. 

We’ve worked hard at building our brand from the ground up and have often seen our product as an alternative to alcohol and drug consumption so why are we being forced to pay the price?! Something has to change! 


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HATCH ME IF YOU CAN – THIS EASTERThe Chick Magnet - Messina Easter 2016

This Easter, we’ve created quite the lay-dees man with this cheeky CHICK MAGNET. 

He’s available in Sydney, Melbourne and Coolangatta between now and the 24th March, or until sold out. He’s not the monogamous type and has already committed to going home with lots of ladies, so he won’t be around for much longer.

WHAT’S INSIDE THE CHICK MAGNET? Nestled inside a milk and white chocolate shell, the egg is filled with milk chocolate ganache and white choc hazelnut gelato. He gets his egg-like texture from a white chocolate velvet spray, specially designed for birds. His feet and leaves are hand moulded from milk chocolate, with his toes being delicately dipped in dark choc to finish.

The deceptively oozy stones are also filled with milk chocolate ganache and white choc hazelnut gelato and ganached with white chocolate.

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Have you ever wanted to  take home a piece of Messina and stick it up on your wall (without attracting an ant colony) or surprise a friend with Messina Mail?  Well now you can!  We’ve made a bunch of pretty funny postcards to spread the Messina love around the globe, one postman at a time.

The postcards will be making their debut appearance at Messina Milk Bar at Spectrum Now festival and making their way into all of our stores.  Featuring Anthony Lister, Malt-Tease the choc cock and Mike Baird, each card has been hand crafted and designed to delight each and every one of you.

Get on board the sweet Messina Mail Trail and pick one up in store today… they won’t last long!

Anthony Lister postcard

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WATCH the movie, eat a Messina Wonka Bar, and be in with the chance of winning a years supply of Messina! Interested? Make like Charlie Bucket and get to OUR GOLDEN AGE to get your ticket for the screening.

UPDATE: TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, but you can still WIN some HERE

Charlie and Chocolate Factory - Messina Golden Ticket

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Our Golden Age in Surry Hills to guest present Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. We often feel like we could be Charlie, here in our gelato factory, just not quite so young (we all look a bit more like Grandpa Joe in real life). We’re screening the original 1971 version (sorry Jonny Depp fans). Included in the ticket price is our own tribute to those scrumdiddlyumptious Wonka Bars, one of which will contain a MESSINA GOLDEN TICKET!

23RD MARCH @ 8.30PM – there’s only 55 seats in the cinema so get in quick.

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with men who really love dessert
Messina, Big Gay Ice Cream, Andy Bowdy


Big Gay Ice Cream founders Bryan Petroff & Douglas Quint 

Andy Bowdy Pastry the man behind the cakes

Gelato Messina‘s Head Chef and gelato mowgil Donato Toce + other Messina members might chip in

Can you think of a better way to spend your Friday night than with us, loads of sugar and some of our friends? If the answer is yes…stop reading now. 

Our friends Big Gay Ice Cream are in town from NY and we thought HELL YEAH lets have a party. Andy Bowdy felt a bit left out, so we invited him too.

Here at Gelato Messina, we’ve been around for a while. We’ve seen the rise of the dessert industry and the gelato industry. And we are of course interested in it. Why do people want to eat dessert so much? What’s going to happen in the future? What have all these creators learnt along the way? Will Andy Bowdy EVER divulge how he makes those drips look so good? What the hell is happening on the other side of the world in Big Gay Ice Cream’s American dream and should we care?

Join us for an evening of interesting discussion questions, eating, and soft serve based challenges. BUY TICKETS HERE



MESSINA HQ in Rosebery, Sydney

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We’re taking over THE URBAN DAIRY as part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. And seeing as it’s the urban dairy, we thought we would get all experimental with milk. Thanks to our buddies at Meredith Dairy and their be-ewe-tiful sheep, we’ve made a sheep’s milk ricotta gelato. We’ve also gone all buff and made buffalo milk yoghurt soft serve drizzled with condensed milk caramel.

The 2016 Festival Hub is a homage to all things dairy. Open for 10 days in Queensbridge Square with a daily rotation of events and menus, we’ll be there 9&10 March, plus Big Gay Ice Cream and Pierre’s and Hartsyard will all be whipping up things in the dairy.


4  – 6  March Big Gay Ice Cream (USA)

7 – 8  March Pierre’s

9 – 10  March Gelato Messina – THAT’S US!

11 – 13  March Hartsyard

Here’s what will be on our menu – only available 9-10 March:


Cannoli shells filled with Meredith Dairy sheep’s milk ricotta gelato, infused with citron and dipped in crushed pistachio nuts

Messina at The Urban Dairy

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The MESSINA MILK BAR is being back for Spectrum Now 3rd -13th March 2016. 

Back once again for you renegade masters! The MESSINA MILK BAR will be stocking up its shelves for the SPECTRUM NOW festival with four new gelato chocolate bars and delectable thick shakes. No ill behaviour round here, just old school good times for you Milky Bar Kids. 

Whatever era you were born in, pedal down to the Messina Milk Bar which will open for limited time at Spectrum Now on 3rd March. This year there’s shows at the Big Top Spectrum, and loads of other free stuff to do.


Messina Milk Bar at Spectrum Now

What’s in stock at the Messina Milk Bar?


Spectrum Now Menu - Messina Milk Bar

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