A Tutti Frutti Afternoon
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.