Sydney's Inner West
Gelato burger anyone? This Sicilian gelateria serves incredible house-made gelato, granita and possibly the best hot chocolate we've ever had!
Located in the main street of Five Dock on the corner of First Avenue this unassuming little cafe is actually the real Sicilian deal! Established in various locations throughout Sydney for over 20 years the De Luca family bring the tradizioni to Five Dock.
Their menu includes gelato, granita, a wonderful hot and cold drinks menu - all house-made, gelato burgers and a small savoury menu including arancini.
The cafe is a short stroll from Five Dock Park, the perfect location to catch a coffee on the way to the park or an ice-cream on the way back!
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Cost of a babycino.... $2.50
Well yum... we stumbled upon this place and we're really glad we did! We walked into this unassuming corner cafe after hanging out in Five Dock Park. We thought we'd see how far away the closest coffee was... and they do a great coffee but they also make what is possibly the best hot chocolate ever! Ask for the Italian Hot Chocolate and you can have it made from dark, milk or white chocolate, it's incredible. It's almost wrong to call it a drink it's more like a desert disguised as a drink (with the calories to match no doubt!).
The Cremeria De Luca is a traditional Sicilian gelateria cafe. There's an amazing array of house-made gelato flavours which change almost daily - chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, zabaglione, lemon, tiramisu and many more. They'll serve it virtually any way you want - a small serving for kids, in a bowl, in a burger, with a sweet arancino or as a fritto, with an iris or in a cannoli! And while we didn't try them all, what we did try had us pencilling in another visit to check out the other options!
The gelato burger was yum, a sweet brioche bun, spread with nutella and panna (italian cream) and a serving of your choice of gelato. I've never had a gelato burger before and it tasted as good as it looked. The menu includes a lot of traditional italian favourites. They have both sweet and savoury arancino - we tried the savoury one, it was a beautiful rice pyramid filled with a warm, tasty ragu, served in the frypan and wrapped in paper. They make sweet ones also - filled with nutella...mmmm.
The other menu options which we didn't try (this time) included a gelato fritto - a bit like an Italian version of fried icecream, gelato covered in a crumb and deep fried. They also offer iris - a traditional fried Sicilian bun filled with custard, nutella or ricotta, served with gelato of course!
We loved it here, it was a quiet, warm and inviting spot in the busy part of Five Dock but it was peaceful. The cafe has a few different eating areas, all comfortable and light filled and decorated with an eclectic selection of old cooking appliances and bits and pieces all over the walls. We were well looked after by the attentive staff and the kids were welcome too.