If you’re a regular Messina visitor, you may have noticed our pistachio flavour is not always available, and when it is, it has a very distinctive flavour, unlike any other gelato you’ll try in Australia. Why, we hear you cry?
Messina founder Nick Palumbo and Head Chef Donato Toce explain:
Pistachio gelato is the most counterfeited flavour of all the gelati.
The reason for this is purely financial. The cost of the nut itself is about 3 to 4 times that of most other nuts.
Specialty gelato ingredient manufacturers generally have 3 types:
The first type is made with Pistachio, Almonds & Chlorophyll (green colouring). These pastes generally cost around $25 per Kilo and is used by about 85% of all gelato retailers around the world, including Italy! It is by far and away the most common paste and the flavour this paste gives the gelato is basically what the world has unfortunately come to associate with “pistachio gelato“.