28 Apr Joylati, Prahran
The duo behind Joylati are certainly not newbies when it comes to gelato. Cristino Vedovato and Fabrizio Locatelli ran a successful gelateria in Piedmont in northern Italy for 15 years, shortly before relocating to Melbourne. Their desire to replicate authentic, artisinal gelati in Melbourne gave birth to the newest gelateria in town.
A chocolate waterfall frozen in motion is positioned behind the counter, and a chocolate tap is on hand to fill up those waffle cones with liquid goodness. It’s a concept that brings forth memories of Willy Wonka. A fridge at the back holds desserts and cakes, which can be ordered in advance for special occassions. The pastel colour scheme create a sense of fun and child-like joy, and a mix of small and long tables are perfect for enjoying your cold treats.
Premium ingredients, fresh fruit, organic milk and raw organic sugar are used to make the gelati, which is then stored in pozetti to preserve the texture and flavour of its contents before being served.
A large cup can be filled with up to three flavours, so of course, three are picked out to fill the cup. Admittedly it’s no easy task. So many of the flavours on offer sound delicious. Pistacchio is made from pure sicilian pistachio nuts, and the Chocolate is made using Valrhona’s Coeur de Guanaja, a couverture chocolate containing 80% cocoa. My favourite of the three, the Nocciola, is made from Tonda Gentile hazelnuts from Langhe in the Piedmont region – a variety of hazelnut so renowned that it carries an IGP classification.
The use of such high quality ingredients pays off. The flavours of each variety are disctinct, real and pure, and the texture of the gelato is deliciously creamy and smooth. If you’re a gelato fan, do yourself a favour and pay Joylati a visit.
Prahran Central Shopping Centre
325 Chapel St
Prahran, VIC, 3181
(03) 9939 4922