There is nothing about a busy Friday, or inclement weather, or a belly full of Yum Char that will keep me away from Giapo when I’m in town. In fact, when I’m in the mood, I’ll happily go in for four scoops, especially when I spy a customer after me getting two scoops of sorbet topped off with a massive cloud of candy floss/cotton candy. Giapo is definitely taking their gelato game to a new level, even as their benches outside become a kind of de facto bus shelter when the weather gets wet.
On this particular day I had crème anglaise and hokey pokey (with the honeycomb soft crumbly hokey rather than the rock hard baubles that either shatter all over the place or get stuck in your cavities) topped with mini profiteroles held together by caramel and dusted with cinnamon. Then, after looking jealously upon the candy floss, I went the extra mile for you viewers at home and got kiwifruit and coconut sorbet. The kiwifruit had those almost banana overtones you get sometimes from really ripe kiwifruit, and the coconut was amazing. A coconut’s natural creaminess will mean that a sorbet will have a character that walks a line between sorbet and something more akin to gelato. Quite an interesting experience. I’m not sure that the candy floss was a great match for the kiwifruit (the other natural pairing is wild berry according to the lady who served me, although she said if you asked nicely she could be persuaded to supply it with a flavour of your choice), but I couldn’t care less for enjoying the sheer ridiculousness of it all.
I think Mrs P’s choices were the pick of the day though. Cocoa sorbet had a wonderfully pure flavour, and the wild berry was a perfect summer pick me up on a cloudy day.
I can’t recommend this place enough, just for the way it is pushing flavours and the way we experience gelato, relative to a lot of other vendors around Auckland.