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“Creamy rich ice cream!!!”
Review of Giapo

Ranked #1 of 69 Dessert in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 25
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours
Description: A New Zealand Experience, Imaginative Ice Creams, World Class Service In The Heart of Auckland City.
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

The scone came with a big size! The staff was able to recommend you which flavour is good with trials. They were nice and helpful too. I tried kiwi ice cream! Hope to visit again

Thank Gillian W
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Thank goodness my kiwi mate bump me into this confectioners otherwise i never knew about it. This is what when NZ local diary going world class, the taste is bursting amazing just as fine as how the dessert looks.

This is notes to folks who fly far from here you did not taste ultimate NZ if you never scoot yourself, mates, and fams into this Kiwi-Wonka.

Thank Gerry D
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Reviewed 22 April 2018


The best ice cream in New Zealand.

Here are five reasons why I love GIAPO (and why you should try their ice cream!):

1. Owner Gianpaolo (Giapo) Grazioli.

Giapo is the creative mastermind behind all the wondrous ice cream creations. He is very passionate about his ice cream and is the most enthusiastic person I know! You will often find him at the store, talking to customers and/or taking orders. Not many hospitality owners do this around Auckland, so I think this is pretty awesome. Also a special mention to Giapo's wife, Annarosa, who is lovely, kind and always a joy to see at the Giapo store.

2. The ice cream, of course.

The menu at Giapo is extensive, with many flavours to choose from. All of the ice creams are gluten free, with four being vegan - definitely something for everyone! Their ice cream is different to that of the normal ones you would get at a dairy or supermarket - Giapo's are like works of art. I particularly like that all of their ice cream flavours are hidden from the public, however you can taste as many as you like.

My favourite flavour at Giapo is Giapo Buono - it is a classic winner! Think lightly salted caramel ice cream, rolled in hazelnut praline and amaretti biscuits, topped with swirls of Italian meringue and bronzed hazelnuts. Dreamy.

Other Giapo flavours which I have enjoyed:

- Kiss Kiss Kiss - my second favourite flavour featuring Christchurch Hazelnut gelato, topped with dark and milk chocolate, candied hazelnuts and a pair of chocolate lips!

- Chocolate Evolution - the most decadent out of all the flavours. I would describe the ice cream like a dark chocolate mousse, with Dominican dark chocolate and cacao nibs.

- Hokey Pokey - this is an iconic Kiwi sweet and now it is in ice cream form! Made using Tongan vanilla and topped with chocolate and honeycomb toffee, I highly recommend this flavour to first time visitors!

- Siamu Popo - Coconut and caramel jam from Samoa and made into ice cream, dusted with cocoa powder and topped with a chocolate disc. This flavour is always a hit among my workmates.

- Afghan Cookie - Caramelised white chocolate ice cream, rolled in cornflakes and topped with a homemade cookie and walnut halve.

- Coconut Chocolate Chip - creamy coconut ice cream, topped with dark chocolate, rice puffs and a half dipped vegan chocolate cookie. This is a great choice for vegans!

- Satsuma Mandarin & Red Capsicum - one of Giapo's lovely sorbets, made using mandarins from Thames and red capsicum from Kerikeri and topped with cardamom seeds.

- Chocolate and Peanuts - tastes just like another Kiwi icon - Peanut Slab!

3. The incredible creations

If you want to go next level, then I recommend trying one of Giapo's "Whammies" aka extra add-ons to your ice cream. These include adding a sourdough doughnut to the top of your ice cream, the 'Two Become One' - two chocolate halves to join together, 'The Visio' and 'Sky Tower'.

- The Visio - inspired by New Zealand's Te Papa Museum's world famous Colossal Squid (I recommend sharing this between two... or three!)
- Auckland's Sky Tower - the tallest ice cream in the Southern Hemisphere!
- Sourdough Doughnut - fried a la minute.

4. Giapo's Discombobulating Menu.

Since moving to their new and much larger premises at 12 Gore Street, Giapo and his team have created a "Discombobulating Menu". Here, you will find ice cream incorporated with foods around the world. Think Montreal's Poutine, Italy's Arancini, India's Pani Puri and Japan's Gyoza.

I have so far tried the Poutine - a sweet and savoury dish combining fries, ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel sauce and the Arancini - a saffron rice ball filled with caramel ice cream (a hot and cold combination).

5. The little things.

Upon arriving at Giapo, you may get asked if you want to try shortbread or brownie while you wait. Definitely try some! The best is when they bring round tiny cups of their pure hot chocolate drink. These little things set you up for the ultimate sweet tooth experience!

Giapo has been operating since 2008, and each time I visit, it continues to amaze me. And thus, it still remains one of my favourite places in Auckland today and I think, for many more years to come. Seriously get to Giapo now if you haven't already - you will literally be in ultimate foodie heaven!

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Thank georgieats
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

This is more of an expensive experience rather than just another ice cream parlour. You get given tastes of a range of flavours and then choose one to order. It is probably a bit gimmicky, but if you love ice cream then you'll love Giapo.

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Thank Kev_Lizzie
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We had a great experience with Giapo!! As first time visitors the staff were very friendly and offered us a taster of each flavour on their menu. While we were waiting in the line there were also tasters available. Ice creams are a little expensive but worth the treat!!

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Thank Mel Y
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