Gelato tends to be the dessert to finish off a day out with N, unless there’s a specific dessert, such as a patisserie, that we’ve discovered. Via del Corso Patiscceria e Caffe in Westfield Sydney is our go-to gelateria. I can’t remember being that interested in gelato before this store opened, but its flavours have always been a hit, and so rarely disappointed, that we find ourselves going back time and again.
We weren’t even that interested in dessert after lunch, but we saw that they’d come out with new flavours when we walked past and couldn’t resist — after all, there’s always room for dessert because it goes into a separate stomach. They’d also removed my favourite green apple, but the new flavours go some way to making up for it.
We chose lychee (white), mandarin (yellow-orange) and rockmelon (orange-pink).
Lychee isn’t a new flavour — it’s one of the classics — but whenever I try a new flavour, I like to get something that I know will taste good to allay any disappointment with the new flavour. It’s a ‘back up’. It turns out that I didn’t need a ‘back up’, though, because the mandarin was quite delicious. It had the sweetness that distinguishes mandarins from oranges. I might even like it more than the lychee!
The rockmelon wasn’t quite as much of a hit with me — I’m not too fond of rockmelon — but was still impressive. Whenever I see oddly flavoured food, I’m usually quite skeptical as to how true it’d be to the original. For someone who likes rockmelon, I don’t know that they’d find any cause for criticism in this rockmelon gelato — it has the same somewhat cloying sweetness of super ripe rockmelon. But that’s okay, because the fluffy ice like texture counteracted this.
Via del Corso is located at Westfield Sydney, Level 5 Shop 507/508, 188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.