Fo0die dined as a guest of Lavezzi and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
The brand ‘Lavezzi’ is appropriately named after the founder Amalio Lavezzi who started making gelato almost 150 years ago in Italy. Lavezzi first landed on Melbourne shores three years ago, located in Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood.
At the time of our visit, the new Carlton Lavezzi was a mere 4 weeks old and although a lot smaller in size compared to their Eastland store, there was still an overwhelming amount of flavours to choose from.
The majority of the seating available at the venue is outside under cover and two small tables inside the venue. There’s a window that’s opened right next to the entrance of the venue where you can order takeaway as you walk by if you wish.
Upon entry, the counter runs along the left side with a glass door freezer right at the end containing their gelato cakes and desserts. The two indoor seats are also available right at the end.
What was interesting was there was no gelato ‘on display’ in a glass cabinet like many gelateria. Instead the gelato was hidden under stainless steel lids lining the counter top. When we enquired about it, we were advised that other than hygiene reasons, the stainless steel containers also protect the flavour of the gelato from UV rays and oxidisation while also maintaining the temperature of the gelato.
All the flavours available are on a wooden board menu hanging on the left wall, The team there are more than happy for customers to try before they buy. Something which we do recommend doing as the way Lavezzi make their gelato flavours is different to the usual tastes that you may be use to from other gelaterias. The brand’s belief is that if you are after hazelnut flavour then that is the flavour you are going to be hit with (we tried and they are true to their word!) and they will not use a lot of sugar to dilute the flavour.
All gelato is made on-site daily with a few special flavours that are only found in Melbourne and at a particular store. To keep the quality of their gelato aligned to the quality back at home in Italy, Lavezzi imports hazelnuts and pistachio directly from Italy and roast these on-site.
We opted for a single flavour which was roughly arranged into a Perugina dark chocolate filled cone (filled from their ever flowing dark chocolate tap!). Both flavours we tried were exactly as expected and very creamy. Bacio was exactly like eating a Bacio but in gelato form, very decadent (Mr J said it was like eating liquid chocolate but as a gelato), while the sour black cherry was refreshing and not too overly sour.
Dishes that make up this review
- Sour black cherry ($4.90)
- Bacio ($4.90)