If you read my blog regularly than you know I love ice cream.
And you could also assume that I’m on a hunt to find the best ice cream in Auckland.
Well, Giapo is definitely a contender.
I’ll admit that Giapo isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s so rich (for both the taste buds AND the wallet) that I honestly don’t think I can justify going more than a couple times a year.
James and I absolutely LOVED our concoctions, but were left clenching our stomachs after consuming them. The sweetness was just so powerful!
Nevertheless, visiting this shop is a unique and worthy ice cream experience.
Giapo was created by Giapo Grazioli in 2008.
On his website Grazioli – an ice cream genius – lays out his passion and theory: “I am committed to changing the way people experience, see, feel and eat ice cream. My approach comes down to transforming the most popular dessert in the world into something fashionable and artistic by paying attention to the smallest of details: textures, flavours, smells, and by applying highly laborious techniques and methods used in haute cuisine and in artistic set ups.
He adds: “Through my creations I aspire to get the world down to New Zealand so they can experience this beautiful country that I have the privilege to be living in.”
Every ice cream is treated like art, with various toppings added, so the final product is always different than what the base begins like.
After sampling 3-4 each, James went for the triple chocolate (I originally did also but changed my mind as to be able to eat some of his as well as mine too!).
His ice cream, a chocolate lovers’ heaven, had chocolate pieces and raspberry bits all adorned with a large chocolate half-moon.
I opted for the Giapo Buono – which doesn’t appear to be available anymore.
Their flavors are constantly changing based on season and the latest creative spark they have in the kitchen.
My ice cream was decorated with a thickly packed layer of very fine cookie crumble dust, marshmallow topping which was toasted with a torch, and a handful of glimmering gold-dipped hazelnuts. Can you say WHOA?!
It was great ice cream. There’s no denying it. It was beautiful and it tasted wonderful.
But it was SO SWEET. My stomach began aching before even digging in, and it aches now just thinking about that day.
But it was worth it. Oh, how it was worth it.