As a self-proclaimed gelato junkie, it was highly unusual that I hadn’t yet made a trip to new-ish gelateria Ciccone and Sons in Redfern. I referred to it as ‘newish’ because the gelateria has been open since last year.
I came here on a Friday evening. Ciccone & Sons is a small batch producer, and the owner makes all the ice cream himself, meaning that sometimes flavours will get sold out. In this situation, it’s stated on their Instagram account that they will close early if everything is sold out. I dreaded this, as I made the walk from Redfern station to Ciccone and Sons. I was pleased that my efforts for coming to Ciccone & Sons were rewarded though.
The gelateria was open that evening, with a small line of customers pondering their choices. The shop is small, with two parallel adjacent wooden bench seats, and a few small tables.
I looked over the menu as I got closer to the register, and finally settled on two scoops: Mascarpone + Strawberry, and Cinnamon. As I got up to the register, I experienced the disconnect of being in a quaint ice cream shop, whilst simultaneously being served by a large man with tattoos on his arms. He was charming though, and smiled at me as he asked me what I would like to order.
I placed my order, and watched as he put generous scoops of gelato into a cup, and handed it over to me, for the price of $6.50.
I sat down on a bench with my gelato, and basked in the ambience. The interior of Ciccone & Sons may be small, but this adds to its charm. Along with that, they were playing 1950s jazz that evening, which made for all the more a pleasant experience.
Out of the two flavours, cinnamon was my favourite. This was due to the fact that I’ve never had cinnamon gelato before, but also because the ratio of cinnamon to dairy was perfect. The cinnamon wasn’t overpowering, and it didn’t taste overly sweet. It was like an orgasm in my mouth.
Mascarpone + Strawberry was pleasant, but the mascarpone flavour was too subtle for me, while the strawberry added a nice, sweet touch, to the otherwise plain flavour. The texture of both these flavours was creamy, and lovely.
I found that in contrast to the majority of other ice creameries in Sydney, Ciccone & Sons makes very simple flavours, but does them very well. This is not the place where you’ll find an over the top flavour (N2 is more the place for that) with a complex mix, but a simple flavour like vanilla, done extremely well.
Aside from the limited opening hours that place a constraint on planning a visit here, I’m now a big fan of Ciccone & Sons, and look forward to frequenting this quaint gelateria in the months to come.
Address: 195 Regent Street, Redfern
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday- 11am-9pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays