* www.fritzgelato.com * 11A Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia * 3182 * Phone (03) 8598 9090 * StKilda@fritzgelato.com *
Nestled into a small hole-in-the-wall counter between busy shoppes along the St. Kilda beachfront, lies “Fritz Gelato” – an amazing low-fat, healthy organic gelato booth that also offers coffee and donuts. They also strive to have innovative and exciting new flavors often. Their vision is to supply Australia with organic coffee, donuts, and gelato with their chain, and expecting to have over 50 stores by 2020. This little Gelato booth was founded by Swiss born Andrea Fritz who came from a picturesque area that was fused with German and Italian cultures. By age 25, Andrea formulated his own gelato opening his first doors to the shores of the lake in his hometown. His gelato became a brand name in the area. However, after devestation from the war, his family migrated to Australia by 1952 and they opened their first store in South Melbourne. Same as in his home town, they became known for the first and finest gelato found in Australia. Gelato came from China over 3,000 years ago where the emperors indulged in mixing frozen fruit with wine and honey flavored snow. The Chinese taught Arab traders this concoction which evolved into the first sorbetto which was passed on to the Venetians and Romans. By the 4th c. B.C. there is record of Alexander the Great and the Roman Emperor Nero sending for this delicacy. The earlieset records of milk-based gelato came from China around 618-907 of the Common Era. They heated cow and goat milk wit grounded rice which was fermented, then had flour added to it for thickness, and honey to sweeten it. It became most popular in the historic record with Catherine de Medici of Florence creating her own style of Gelato. It became a delicacy for the upper class. It is this history that inspired Fritz to continue with his experimenting of formulas to create traditional recipes. He takes pride to become part of the gelato evolution. I must say, he’s on the right track, as his was some of the best gelato I’ve had – and at affordable prices for great volumes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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