Il Dolce Freddo, Carlton

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MELBOURNE | Known for their authentic, Italian-style gelato and creative flavours, Il Dolce Freddo adds a colourful, multicultural flair to the otherwise Italian-orientated Lygon Street in Carlton. Since its’ opening in 2001, this ice cream store has been known for its uniquely creamy gelato texture and depth of flavour.

Taking inspiration from his travels around Italy, founding owner Robert Mazzolini returned to Australia and introduced Melbourne to an edible way of life that it had never encountered before. Adding to Lygon Street’s long-steeped history of Italian culture, Il Dolce Freddo’s traditional Italian methods of gelato-making produced popular classic flavours such as hazelnut, pistachio, and the award-winning ferrero focher.

To mix things up, Mazzolini’s originality began taking an Oriental direction, creating the first batch of Italian-style durian sorbet. Highly sought after, particularly by Melbourne’s South East Asian origin population, other Asian-influenced flavours soon followed suit, including pandan & coconut, purple yam, matcha, red bean, lychee, and black sesame.

The year 2014 saw the addition of Andy Northrop, who trained under Mazzolini to learn his methods and to continue creating the high quality gelato for which Il Dolce Freddo was known. Now solely owned by Andy and her husband, James Northrop, the business is thriving thanks to their authenticity, alongside the constant release of new limited edition flavours, with the most recent one being Sichuan peanut with chili chocolate (wait for the impressive layered intensity of spice after each mouthful). James’ decade-long career as a chef reinvigorated the brand upon his entrance into the business, attributed to his experience working in restaurants including Rockpool Bar & Grill, Romulus & Remus, and The Auburn.

Today, Il Dolce Freddo maintains the highest quality of gelato and sorbet production through the sourcing of fresh, high quality and seasonal ingredients, as well as through the prioritized maintenance of their machinery equipment and technique-specific processes. Their cabinet display impresses with their beautiful array of varied flavours, with further combinations including the yoghurt-based fig, jam & almonds, and Aussie-influenced milo. With the potential to sample any number of flavours that tickle your fancy, we guarantee you will have a tough time deciding on just one!

Il Dolce Freddo

116 Lygon Street
Carlton
Victoria 3053
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9639 3344
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Tue – Sun: 12:30pm to 10:00pm

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Starting out her career as a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, Nicole’s professional expansion into the food publication industry came as no surprise to those who saw her genuine passion for food develop over the years. Her appreciation for food doesn’t just entail tasting different cuisines, but also learning about the inspiration behind a dish, and about the story and people behind a venue. Food writing provides Nicole with a creative outlet to share her insatiable appetite with others, whilst food photography enables her to permanently capture the beauty and creativity that is fleetingly shown on the plate. Helping venues to manage their Social Media is a further example of Nicole’s desire to delve deeper into this ever-growing industry. Her love for eating fuels her passion and motivation for maintaining an active lifestyle, with running, hiking, Pilates and travel just some of the ways she manages to stay fit and healthy!

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