If you didn’t make it to MESSINA EATS: HUXTABURGER, get ready for round two… MESSINA EATS: WONDERBAO.

We’ve started to run monthly (or so) two-day pop up events, mainly fuelled by how much we love eating. We’re aiming to bring some our favourite and the most f*cking delicious food creators we could think of to Sydney. They look after the lunch & dinner and we do dessert.

This time around we’re feeding our obsession with baos. WONDERBAOS to be precise. WONDERBAO have one tiny shop in Melbourne where they pump out some of the best gua baos we’ve tried (and we’ve tried a lot).  Andrew, one of the owners, has spent years perfecting the art of handmade bao pastry and traditional BBQ pork buns.

Plus, we’re making deep fried ice cream balls for 2 days only! Come join us…

WHEN: 29/30TH JULY. 12pm – late both days


No tickets required, just turn up and we’re aiming to have enough food for everything this time!

Follow the FACEBOOK EVENT for the latest info or read more here


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The Lowdown on Newtown

You read that right, Messina is coming to Newtown. We’ve been toying with the idea for years but finding the right home has proven to be elusive. Until now!

We’re completely chuffed to say we are taking over from long time Newtown stalwarts – Gelatomassi. After 14 successful years, the boys are moving on… and Messina’s moving in!

With any luck, we should be open by the end of August.

“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)


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Messina's International Soup Kitchen


This weekend we’re popping up at THE HILLS FOOD FEST at the AUSTRALIAN BREWERY  in Rouse Hill.  MESSINA’S INTERNATIONAL SOUP KITCHEN is making a come back with all of it’s finest ‘dessert in a can’ creations, including BLACK FOREST BISQUE, FAUX PHO, ZUPPA DUPPA and the AMERICAN CHOW DOWN.

We’re excited to have our first stand in The Hills, and to be surrounded by other great vendors like; Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy BBQ and craft beer and cider from the Australian Brewery + there’ll be live music, kids activities and a JUMPING CASTLE.

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Messina eats




Come along to our 2 DAY LUNCH AND DINNER POP UP extravaganza hosted in our very own carpark at MESSINA HQ ROSEBERY (58 Mentmore Ave).

Expect a day and night filled with eats, beats and community feasts with our special guests all the way from Melbourne – HUXTABURGER AND MR CLAWS serving up the best burgers (vegetarian available) and finest lobster rolls + chips.  We’ll also have handmade soda on tap by our friends at PS SODA.

We’ll be churning out our famous CREMINO CHOC TOPS + all your favourite scoops will be available at our Rosebery store.

If that wasn’t enough, there’ll also be live music with local loop pedal artist Mark Crotti dropping in to serenade us.

Pop up delivery will be available via Deliveroo for all menu items.

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**JULY 20-23**

Creating a night that will test all senses, the king of the fungi family is making a guest appearance at the CREATIVE DEPARTMENT for 4 evenings.  Saluting truffles from around Australia and Europe, our head chef will be reinventing the 7 course degustation, paired non alcoholic drinks and nectars of the gods to champion the truffle delicacy in each and every dish.

Regular and Truffle Week tickets are now available through our booking system.  Select a date between 20-23rd July for TRUFFLE WEEK bookings. Bookings are available in groups of 2,4,6 or 8.

Wednesday – Saturday
July 20-23, 7pm or 9pm sittings

$200 per head


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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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