We can’t resist a good Chinese New Year Celebration, especially if it involves red lanterns and Bao Stop.

This week we’ll be setting up shop at Martin Place within the Lunar Lantern Hub for a 2 week pop up. If you’re having trouble spotting us; look out for our big green Gelato Van, adorned in chinese lanterns and decorations.  There’ll also be baos and peking duck fries from Bao Stop, cocktails from the Taylor’s pop-up bar or if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, sit down for a friendly game of Mahjong.


The concept on offer is a Build Your Own Gelato Sandwich Bar.  If you come along, you’ll be able to choose from 1 of 3 cookies, gelato flavours and sauces to top off your creation.

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Spilt Milk Messina Soup tins

We’re making our first appearance in the big capital… Canberra!

Spilt Milk all day and all night –  music, food and art festival is kicking off on the 3rd December at the Commonwealth Park.  You’ll find us in our custom built MESSINA SOUP KITCHEN selling our hand made gelato soup tins.

There’s four flavours to pick from, varying from the creamy, to the nutty and the fruity – there’s even a boozy one!

If you miss us at Spilt Milk, we’ll also be at The Commons Street Feast from the 9th-18th December daily form 5pm-10pm with yep you guessed it… more tins!

RCC MENU gelato messina

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Pop Up at the Myer Giftorium

Need to get last minute Christmas gifts? or looking for an excuse to try our one off gelato Christmas creations? Come down to our POP UP stand at the Myer Giftorium between now and 24th December to find a wonderland of personalised gifts and edible delights.

We’ve created two custom creations, designed to both bring out the kid in all of us and keep the actual kids quiet:

SANTA’S ANTI-TANTY: Milk choc lined cone, strawberry gelato, white & red choc dip & peppermint candy.

BUILD YOUR OWN REINDEER: Choose from a butter or choc cookie, vanilla or milk choc gelato and add your personality with confectionary eyes, ears and noses!

WHEN: 21st November – 24th December

WHERE: Sydney & Melbourne CBD Myer Giftorium


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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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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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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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messina eats hoy pinoy

We hear all good things come in three’s, which is why we’re rolling out the third Messina Eats and we’re super excited to be gettin’ grilled with HOY PINOY!

Bringing the best Filipino street food this side of the border, HOY PINOY have an insane menu lined up specially for MESSINA EATS #3!


Sisig na Baboy – Roasted pork, chopped & seared with salsa served on pandesal flat bread

Inihaw na Baboy – pork belly skewers

Inihaw na Mankok – chicken skewers

Chicken Adobo Fries – tender chicken, with soy, vinegar, garlic & pepper sauce over fries

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Messina and Midsummer's Night Dream

Fancy an evening of perfect culinary and cultural experiences – all in one night? Sounds pretty good to us.

We’ve partnered with the Sydney Theatre Company so you and 3 friends can win the chance to do this on Thursday 22nd September 2016:

  • 6pm: Head to the Messina Creative Department & sit down for a 7-course degustation with accompanying liquid concoctions We’re promising you a menu of fresh, seasonal, experimental creations that are designed to excite and challenge your palate. And you’ll leave pretty full…no need to eat much before.
  • 8pm: Make your way to Sydney Opera House for award-winning director Kip Williams’ bold new interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Venturing deep into the woods of sexual desire, this is not a Dream you’ve seen before, and it won’t be one you’ll soon forget.
  • 11pm: That’s it. Hopefully you’ll be suitably fed, cultured and ready for bed.

Want to win? Head here and fill in your details. Enter before 31 August 2016.

Messina Creative Department


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