Sia lodato Dio! The long wait for Gelato Messina to open in Brisbane is almost over.

It’s happening.

At 5pm on Wednesday 29 March, Gelato Messina will open its first gelateria in Brisbane.

We first told you that the popular gelato brand was coming to Brisbane way back in February last year.

Since that announcement, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump has been elected and sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, and Prince, Muhammad Ali, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Garry Shandling, Anton Yelchin, Harper Lee, George Martin, Florence Henderson, Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen, John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Paxton, Chuck Berry and Gene Wilder have died.

So, yeah, it’s taken a while, and we could probably all use some damn gelato.

Designed by Messina founder (and ‘frustrated architect’) Nick Palumbo and Vie Studio, the vibe is ‘Apple Store meets your cool grandma’s retro living room’.

The Brisbane store will be the brand’s second in Queensland (Coolangatta has had that sweet, sweet Messina goodness since 2015), and their largest in Australia.

You’ll be able to watch gelato being hand-churned through a glass wall looking into the kitchen, and they’ll also be taking advantage of the large space to offer three-hour gelato classes — part gelato making class, part science lesson, and part gelato degustation — in a custom-built classroom!

Not only will all Messina’s full range of 35 flavours (and five rotating specials) be on offer in their signature bright red cabinet, but they’ll be offering a brand new flavour, the QUEENSLANDAARRR!!!, which combines ginger gelato with pineapple cake and Bundaberg rum caramel.

No more Messina pop-ups at the Milton Markets and Brisbane Ice Cream Festival — finally, the real deal is here.

Gelato Messina Brisbane (Shop 1, The Melbourne Residencies, 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane) opens at 5pm this Wednesday 29 March. After that, the store will be open from noon to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and noon to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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