Mio Dolce, 89 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9326 0402
Our post about gelati in the western suburbs brought forth a number of responses, both here and on Facebook.
Thanks to those comments we have at least one solid lead to follow-up.
But several things seem plain …
There are people in the western suburbs who love gelati.
There is gelati in the western suburbs for them to thrill over.
But the western suburbs will never be Carlton or even the CBD.
And thank heavens for that!
In the meantime, having gelati on our minds leads to us checking out a beaut Puckle St business past which we must have walked a gazillion times without taking much notice.
Puckle St is a bit like that …
But Mio Dolce turns out to be a cosy, homespun and old-school Italian bakery and gelateria.
Sure, they do sandwiches and a few hot things, but the heart of this place are gelati and biscotti.
We like it that they only do half a dozen or so gelati flavours, with none of them being unusual or particularly exotic.
I enjoy my very big $4.40 cup of caramel, Bennie digs his cone of donatella … sounds like a turtle to me but it’s apparently a mix of chocolate and hazelnut.
My cafe latte, too, is fine.
But Bennie finds his banana milkshake too sweet to handle. Could be a sign this lad is maturing, eh?
We ogle the range of biscotti, slices and other sweet treats.
We see, among others, crostata, almond bread, almond crescents, ameretti, vienesse, romanini and florentines.
We grab a bag of “mini-romanini” to take home.
As you can see, the $5 price makes this a pretty good deal when compared with the prices of similar products at our local supermarket haunts.