How can anyone resist a window display packed full of Italian sweet treats? An Italian pasticceria is surely a wonderous thing. Even better, if the pasticceria is also a gelateria!
Mio Dolce is clearly very popular with the Moonee Ponds locals – a constant stream of people, including many who were clearly regulars, ordering special celebration cakes, making selections amongst a huge variety of biscotti to take home, and settling down for coffee and a pastry. The two cheery servers made sure everyone was well looked after.
As usual with our gelato tastings, we each had two flavours in a waffle cone.
All our flavours were good, however the gelati was not as creamy as some of the others we have tasted. Unfortunately our waffle cones were a little stale. Nonetheless we thought it was excellent value for money at only $5 for very generous serves of two flavours in a waffle cone (during the course of our gelato quest over the past year we have paid up to $7.20).
As a special indulgence, Benny and I also shared a Torta Diplomatica – described by our friendly server as an Italian version of a vanilla slice (see first pic). Its layers (from the bottom) were pasta sfogliata (Italian puff pastry), then crema pasticcera (Italian pastry cream), rum-soaked sponge, more crema pasticcera, another layer of pasta sfogliata and a dusting of icing sugar. The pasta sfogliata was crisp and not nearly as flaky as English or French puff – unlike those the Italian version of puff pastry can contain white wine and eggs. The whole thing was rather scrummy and very light, but I was glad we were sharing – a whole (very generously sized) slice would have been a bit too indulgent for me.
Prices were exceptionally reasonable. Our cannoli and torta came to just $11.50, so a very affordable treat.
We really liked it.
OverallOffering some of the best value house-made gelati in Melbourne, Mio Dolce’s range is modest but the flavours are very good. But if you fancy another type of sweet treat, Mio Dolce has a large selection of Italian cakes and pastries at very reasonable prices.
Find it atMio Dolce
89 Puckle Street
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
Telephone: (03) 9326 0402