Food Drink

Handcrafted allergy-friendly dessert bar OVO Gelato coming to Newton

The boutique dessert bar, which comes from the same owners of neighbouring Newton café CLAY&Co, will specialise in allergy-friendly gelato.

This new gelato spot is coming to Newton to satisfy your sweet tooth–regardless of your dietary requirements!

Set to open by Christmas, OVO Gelato will focus on serving the freshest gelato made on site from the highest quality local seasonal ingredients.

The boutique dessert bar, which comes from the same owners of neighbouring Newton café CLAY&Co, will specialise in allergy-friendly gelato.

OVO will serve allergy-inclusive sorbets, as well as nonstandard alternatives, such as creamy vegan milk-based gelato, sugar-free varieties, and ketogenic options, which are also suitable for diabetics. Co-owner John Milky, who owns both OVO Gelato and CLAY&Co with partner Gaby Saleh, says the inspiration for the spot’s inclusive specialty desserts comes from his own experience. 

“We want to make sure that everyone who comes in can eat something,” he says. 

“I went through a period of being on a keto-style diet, and you still want to have something to treat yourself.”

John says they’ve experienced delays which have forced them to push back the opening date.

“It’s been exciting and a little bit confronting just on how long waits have been on products from overseas.

“We are waiting on a final piece of equipment which we are having custom built from Italy.”

John has had a change in direction to the fitout design.

Initially, he wanted an industrial modern look, taking inspiration from the preexisting curved concrete ceiling.

However, John is now after a more organic look with natural timbers, stone and different texture on the walls.

“We are going for a lot more warmer vibe. A lot of inspiration is coming from countryside Tuscany vibe, peeling it back to simple colour tones.”

John, whose family owns the popular Argo cafés, has a pretty solid idea of the business model.

OVO Gelato is set to serve gelato and coffee from around 11:30am to 10pm and there will be up to 20 flavours on offer.

The nut range will most likely remain year-round, while the fruit range will change depending on the season and availability.

John says they also intend to introduce different desserts, such as brownie or cookie gelato sandwiches as well as a pizza-like dessert filled with gelato.

OVO Gelato will be serving coffee from Adelaide-based Monastery coffee roasters.

John says they would also like to open a second store shortly after opening their first. 

“Since we are handcrafting on site, we want to open up another store on the other side of Adelaide to give them the same experience,” John says. 

Find OVO Gelato at Shop 10 / 3 Jan Street, Newton.

Find them online here.

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