A Tutti Frutti Afternoon

February 24, 2011

Gelati really is a special food to me. When Ben and I spent time in Sicily in 2009, we would end our evenings with a scoop of gelato as we strolled the town centre. Locals and tourists alike would all be participating in the same sweet ritual of the scoop and stroll. I love how all people, young and old, feel the same childhood delight when enjoying gelati. It really is a magical treat.

Last Sunday Ben and I visited Tutti Frutti, a delightful gem of a gelateria in Mornington. With the soft sunshine offering a light blanket of warmth against this cool summers day, a scoop or two of gelato seemed like the perfect afternoon treat.

Ever since Tutti Frutti opened whilst I was in high school, it has been a beloved place for something sweet. They serve delicious, homemade gelato which never disappoints – and I am a seasoned gelato eater!

Couples sharing a cup while on a date, friends congregating over cones after a day at the beach, and families sharing a scoop on a sunny Saturday – everybody loves Tutti Frutti.

Usually when I am treated to a cone or cup, I opt for either fruity or creamy. I rarely combine the two. However this time I simply had to mix. The reason?… I saw two new flavours that instantly caught my eye, and despite the mixing of genres, I had to have them both!

May I present, Green Apple and Cocao


*note: there are hints of berry mixed with the cocoa, as our lovely server accidentally gave me some of Ben’s leftovers – score! 3 flavours for the price of 2, mwahahahaha

The Cocoa was rich, thick, smooth and sweet. Like the richest, most indulgent, dark cup of cocoa you have ever been lucky enough to consume… in gelato form. In other words, heaven. Perfection, in my opinion. A scoop of dark, rich chocolate gelato always sends me spinning…

One of my gorgeous friends, Vicki, adores green apple gelato, and introduced me to this delightful flavour at Cones. Whilst I did enjoy Tutti Frutti’s version, I feel that Cones serves up a better scoop. It is a fine line between smelling fantastically like a lipsmacker and starting to taste like one.

Ben opted for a fruity mix of Passionfruit and the house special, Tutti Fruiti. Tutti frutti is Italian for “mixed/all fruits” (what we would call tropical, I believe). When Ben and I were in Italy, we would always order ‘fruity di bosco’ (which means “fruits of the forest”). Not so much for the delicious flavour, which it was, but more because we liked saying “fruity di bosco”…..I still do, clearly.

The passionfruit was lovely, full-of-fruity goodness and quite rich, yet not overly sweet. And the Tutti Frutti I found to be refreshing and uplifting, though not a favourite of mine. I must admit I was too focussed on my cocoa to take much notice of Ben’s flavours, however I could tell that they were definitely delicious.

We ate our gelati with sweet grins on our faces, as we moseyed along in the afternoon sunshine. Perfection.

Heidi xo

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  • Angela (the diet book junkie) February 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    oh wow, that does look like perfection!:) does the gelati differ here than in Sicily?

  • The InTolerant Chef February 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Yummo! I have found a place in canberra with great gelato. My favourite is a rich dark chocolate that is gluten and dairy free, but sooooo good.Yumm…

  • Merowyn February 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm


    Beautiful words with delicious photos.

  • Carly Findlay February 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I love gelati, usually Trampoline~
    Yours looks great πŸ™‚

  • Hannah February 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Oh, this post takes me back to when I was in Florence, almost exactly a year ago, and had gelati at least once a day! My favourites were pistachio, licorice, meringue, pear sorbet… everything! I wish we had good gelati in Canberra!

  • Anna Johnston February 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Oh wow…, very cool flavours you two have got going on there πŸ™‚ Scooping & strolling sounds just the thing, I don't mind doing that either πŸ™‚

  • hollypop February 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

    oh em gee.delish! i've parked on the strip of road so many times. aaaaaah, i miss mornington. the gelati man there is always so grumpy! is he still there? i heard tell that the coffee trader lady owns it now. such is life <3

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    oooh yes – I have the same fond memories of post dinner gelato when in Italy! I was addicted to the stuff πŸ™‚

  • Heidi February 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Anna – all I can say is that the taste was far superior. Perhaps it is the years and years of practice they have, but there is just something about gelati in Italy. I found all their more unusual flavours to be of better quality – i.e. cinnamon, pistachio. Then again maybe it was just the fact that I was in Italy!! No, I really did find it more delicious πŸ™‚

    InTolerant Chef – snap, good for you! Sounds delicious, what's the name of the place?

    Merowyn – thank you πŸ™‚

    Carly – trampoline is good for a fix up here! So not as good as Italy though, why, why?? I can't wait to go back.

    Hannah – oh my, licorice flavour, why I never! Pear sorbet sounds utterly divine.

    Anna – it was just lovely πŸ™‚

    Hollypop – memories πŸ™‚ yes I think the grumpy man is still there, however I didn't see him. I have been out of the mornington loop though – *sigh* I guess I'll go do more investigations πŸ˜› tough gig.

    Lisa – isn't it the best!?

    Heidi xo

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds February 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Yum – I do love green apple gelato. It's so crisp and sweet!

  • Ashley February 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Aaaah, the gelati in Italy is so amazing, I spent 3 nights in rome and every day I would have an early breakfast, spend the day running around, skip lunch, have a gelato and eventually have dinner. Oh bacio flavour….

    And I tend to be a creamy gelato lover πŸ˜‰ Although I do mix my fruity and creamy every now and again…

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I like gelati too and love it when it just tastes of pure fruit-heaven! And those chocolate and nut dipped cones-hello! πŸ˜‰

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 27, 2011 at 8:29 am

    <3 that place! Although the last time I went I got lemon sorbet and it was tooooooo sour! I kept making that ugly sour face as I tried to get to my chocolately layer underneath! x

  • Heidi February 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Julia – yes exactly – crisp and sweet! πŸ™‚

    Ashley – mmm bacio is divine. I love the chocolate and I love it gelato style!

    Lorraine – I know, I tend to find the fancy cones a little too much though – distracts from the gelati. I can't focus on too many great things at once πŸ˜‰

    Michele – haha, love it! I can't recall their lemon sorbet, but yes, ugly sour face is not a desired side effect πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Fikranilam February 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Oww, so tempting! It used to be a gelato bar here in Bandung. I love their pistachio and tutti frutti with jelly. But now the bar gone somewhere I don't know. Hiks πŸ™

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

    How fun! I haven't had good gelato in so long!

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