Iranian Pistachio Gelato – Il Melograno

I’m not sure if any Dear Readers have noticed, but I’m starting to blog a little more again 🙂 The last couple of months have been tough with work being so busy, personal commitments and everything else in between! I finally hit a wall and broke down… and even got a little teary at work… but my manager and team has been nothing but supportive! And of course Mr Bao has been doing thing he can to help. After the break down, I cancelled a lot of events and catch up with friends and gave myself more time. And realised that really helped clear my mind and help focus on the things that needed my attention!

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Anyhow, I’ve bored you enough with my break down, but don’t worry everyone 🙂 I’m feeling so much better now! As a matter of fact, I’m doing so well I managed to get this blog post up, even though I only visited Il Melograno two days ago! Two nights ago a restaurant had their launch party (will be blogging about that soon) and quite a few food bloggers were invited. It was a great event to see and catch up with everyone. Once the meal was finished, it was still quite early not even 9pm, I had my partner in crime Ashely (Im So Hungree) with me, and she actually suggested we should pay Il Melograno a visit. We then lured Allan (Almost Always Ravenous) to come with us!

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I have read of Il Melograno opening a while ago and have been on my ‘must-try’ list. We are so spoilt here in Melbourne with so many authentic gelato places to choose from. My impression of Il Melograno is that they focus on making small batches of traditional gelato, flavours were not as modern or creative as say Gelato Messina. However, I could taste the quality and effort placed into producing these gelato.

Thanks Allan!

So apparently Allan said that he owed me money from so long ago that I honestly don’t even remember, but he said gelato was on him 😀 Wasn’t going to argue with him! Thanks Allan hehe

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The gelato here is also very reasonable priced $5.8 for a small cup with two flavours and take note! The cups are also edible which I find intriguing and rare to find here! I swear we didn’t plan this…but all our gelato have the same colour scheme hehe

Chocolate & Rosemary and Salted Macadamia $5.8

Chocolate & Rosemary and Salted Macadamia $5.8

Ash chose a flavour on their specials board, which is quite interesting Chocolate and Rosemary which surprisingly paired quite well with each other. Neither was overpowering each other. Not something I would choose but the salted macadamia! Such intense flavour!

Coffee and Banana & Walnut $5.8

Coffee and Banana & Walnut $5.8

Not as adventurous 😛 Allan chose the Ricci Method Coffee and also Banana and Walnut. Just like before both flavours were intense and for those who can’t handle caffeine too well, I wouldn’t suggest ordering the coffee as you might have trouble sleeping at night! The Banana and walnut resembled a smoothie with that strong kick of banana through it.

Bacio and Iranian Pistachio

Bacio and Iranian Pistachio

I got two of my favourite flavours, Bacio think the Baci chocolate (hazelnut chocolate) intense with small pieces of hazelnut through it. But what really impressed me was the Iranian pistachio, the wonderfully friendly girl behind the counter explained to us, that proper pistachio gelato should have a very pale if any colour. And the ones that are mint or even fluorescent green has certainly been tinted with food dye. That really intrigued me, as I always thought pistachio equaled green. The flavour was probably not as intense as the other flavours, but still very good and great creamy texture.

I definitely enjoyed Il Melograno, flavours are intense and you get all you asked for 🙂 Pleased that we now have a good gelato store in the suburbs which hopefully will make parking easier and queues shorter. At least for now until more people find about them and then I won’t have a secret gelato spot to visit anymore hehe Maybe I should’ve kept this to myself and not blog about it!

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10 thoughts on “Iranian Pistachio Gelato – Il Melograno

  1. Catherine October 2, 2014 at 8:47 am Reply

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Every now and then, you need a break from it all to catch up on personal time and destress – that’s what I’ve been doing lately too 🙂

  2. hotlyspiced October 2, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

    What a great gelato store and the prices are certainly reasonable. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and ended up hitting a wall. I’m so glad you work for kind and supportive people. Looking forward to more blog posts xx

  3. milkteaxx October 2, 2014 at 10:54 am Reply

    glad to hear you are feeling a lot better! keep up the good work!

  4. wattwurmnashi October 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Yes, that pistachio looks quite good. It’s not supposed to be bright green, it can actually look quite greyish. Its natural color isn’t that appealing to most people, so I can understand why a lot of places opt for food dye though

  5. Keren October 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

    😦 Walls kinda hurt when you hit them, don’t they? Glad to hear you’re surrounded by supportive people and things are going well. Good gelato of course helps immensely 😉

  6. Peita October 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Glad you are feeling more relaxed, working creatively is hard work….x

  7. allergicinmelb October 3, 2014 at 12:24 am Reply

    I’ve been hearing good things about this place! Sounds like it is next on my gelato place! Have you been to Miinot in pascoe vale south? It too is lovely. 🙂

  8. Choc Chip Uru October 3, 2014 at 9:55 am Reply

    I am so happy to hear you are coming back to blogging, and your life is picking itself back up – break down those walls you are a fighter 😀
    Love reading your posts!

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. House in Tillford October 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Iranian gelato- interesting. I love trying new gelato places, and I like those cone cups, have never actually seen those before!

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Aww Daisy! I hope the tough times are over for you-you deserve only the very best! 😀 So fascinated by this Iranian gelato 😮

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