Gelati. In Melbourne. Or (trying to not write about work but actually writing a lot about writing about work)

28 Jun

Tonight @flexnib posted reasons why she might not blog about her work

One reason was that her work nowadays can be boring to others; consisting at her senior management level of reading, planning, writing. I actually think it’s important that we at this level do talk more about how and what we do. I got to my position through the support of a huge number of mentors, all of whose feedback I draw on at regular times still when working out how to respond to an issue, planning a future change, focusing myself to be able to read or write yet ONE MORE report.

If we don’t talk about what we do, why we do it, why it works or doesn’t – then how will others who join senior management realise they are not facing unique issues, know that they are part of a knowledge bank they can draw on.

Therein lies the end of tonight’s lecture though; which should be read with the knowledge that I am biased as I believe library succession planning and leadership mentoring in Australia are dead at present, and we all need to step up and build something.

@flexnib other reasons are excellent. Confidentiality, team cohesion etc
So tonight I am going to give you all a list of essential gelato shops to visit in Melbourne, as a useful non work topic:

1. Casa del Gelato

161 Lygon St Melbourne

Offers broad range of flavours freshly made on site. The best in Melbourne.

Recommended flavours: chocolate orange and pink grapefruit

2. Gelobar

74-76 Lygon st, Brunswick East

Gelato, cake, pizza and coffee in a one stop shop. Chocolate dipped cones and strong range of freshly made flavours. Long standing institution. Always a seat (somehow).

Recommended flavours: Snickers and lemon

3. Brunetti Carlton

380 Lygon st, Carlton

Walk past the kms of cake display Windows. Walk past the coffee collection point. Walk past the pizza and sandwich display menus. At the back, next to the restaurant dining entry you will see the gelati. Mainly traditional flavours, served with the traditional giant serves, it’s another Melbourne institution. If you plan on sitting down visit outside the multiple rush hours (which leaves you 11-12 or 3-4)

Recommended flavours: Pistacchio and Vanilla & chocolate chip

4. Pidapippo Gelateria

299 Lygon st, Carlton

A relative newcomer location wise to the Lygon st gelati scene, the owner Lisa is no newcomer to the Lygon St hospitality family. Known for trying new and interesting flavours (I still dream about the blackcurrent and salted choc chip perfection); they also came up with the idea early on of a hot Nutella centre for those of you who like your icecream contaminated.

Recommended flavour: something of the specials board

5. Zero Gradi

93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Very new. Confrontingly positioned right across the road from Gelobar I only visitied this upstart once I accepted that Brunswick is indeed big enough for more than one gelati shop.

After admiring the icecream machinery within (as seen on MasterChef creating fresh icecream within 6 minutes) don’t let the small number of flavours put you off. Building your icecream at Zero offers huge creative potential with choices of waffle cone, flavour, sauce and topping. The waffle cones are the best on Lygon St for crunch, freshness and flavour.

Recommended : chocolate and pistacchio dipped cone, cherry shortbread gelati and crumble topping

[the magic chocolate sauce that hardens into a gentle shell will tempt you; but believe me it is actually too much with this combination. order it on snother flavour and report bevk to me in the comments]

Enjoy everyone.


Yes the above are listed in order of amazingness and not in terms of geographical proximity. Some are a few blocks apart, some are suburbs apart. There is a tram – however if you are trying to do these all in one day you are honestly going to need some walking between them to deal with the sugar intake anyway.

Yes there are gelato shops not on Lygon st in Melbourne. Their gelato might be good, but it doesn’t have tradition and atmosphere. Also they often have long long long queues. Visit them only after you have been to these ones.


5 Responses to “Gelati. In Melbourne. Or (trying to not write about work but actually writing a lot about writing about work)”

  1. Cherie Basile June 28, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    How can one not Like a post about gelati !!
    Or Melbourne : )

  2. Rachel June 29, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    I love gelati. Apple flavour is a favourite of mine. I remember eating gelati in Rome one night wearing a beanie and gloves. It was cold but I just had to have my daily gelati fix.

    • Ruth Baxter June 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Yep there are still a few of us sitting in warm heated Melb gelato shops in the middle of winter getting our fix

  3. RachB June 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    That looks sooo yum and I’m hungry now!
    RE not posting about work, for me it’s a mix of who could read it and what they might do with what I say about them or a situation. I agree with the part about sharing with others and learning that you are not alone with issues, but how to balance that out?

    • Ruth Baxter June 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

      Talking about generic situations without names I guess. Or going back over old examples that are no longer confidential

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