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Pidapipó Gelateria set to open its doors

A new gelateria is about to open its doors just in time for the summer heat. Following its successful pop-up store earlier in the year, Pidapipó will now find a permanent home on Melbourne’s Lygon Street, opening on 12 December.

The store is owned by Lisa Valmorbida and is a tribute to her grandfather. It is named after a game of hand gestures she played with him as a child.

After becoming a qualified chef, Lisa decided to focus on gelato and flew to Italy to learn her craft at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna.

She returned to Melbourne after mastering the craft of making gelato and decided to combine the Italian techniques she learnt with her food experiences in Melbourne to create a range of signature flavours. These include the traditional flavours of Fior Di Latte, Stracciatella, and Ricotta & Fig; and the modern flavours of Burnt Butter, Rosemary & Chestnut, Musk & Crema, and Rhubarb & Vincotto Swirl. A seasonal range of flavours will also be launched every three months.

The gelato will be made fresh daily using quality ingredients that include pistachios from Bronte in Sicily and hazlenuts from Piedmont. Lisa has also partnered with Nic Dowse of Honey Fingers, who has set up a bee’s nest on Pidapipó’s rooftop so she can source fresh honey for her gelato.

The new Pidapipó store was designed by Melbourne interior architect Rabindra Naidoo, and is inspired by the Italian design of the 1950s and 1960s.

Adding to the gelato experience, Pidapipó will also host resident DJs regularly on Friday nights including Laila Sakini, Edd Fisher and DJ Prequel.

The new Pidapipó store is located at 299 Lygon Street, Carlton in Victoria.

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