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What's the best flavor of gelato at Ciao Bella?

EatClerk Aug 4, 2003 03:30 PM

Please do tell. I know there are other great gelato places, too, but I'm curious about Ciao Bella this time. Thanks.

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    ang RE: EatClerk Aug 4, 2003 05:20 PM

    hazelnut, hands down. but almost all their flavors are amazing.

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      chefschickie RE: ang May 20, 2008 07:17 PM

      I second that!! Looooove Hazelnut gelato!!

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      erjaq RE: EatClerk Aug 4, 2003 05:30 PM

      my vote would be for the malted milk ball gelato. it's not always available (anybody know when malted milk balls are in season?) but whenever it's there, i get it.

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        Mar a RE: erjaq Aug 5, 2003 09:54 PM

        I second the malted milk ball recommendation, but I think they make it a bit weaker now than a few years ago (not the balls, of course, but the gelato itself.)

        I don't know when malted milk balls are in season, lol. But if you go to the Sullivan St. branch of Ciao Bella, I think you'll always find they have that flavor there.

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        Chorus Girl RE: EatClerk Aug 4, 2003 08:08 PM

        When they have it, the key lime pie is amazing. That's a tough dessert to render as an ice cream flavor and they have it nailed down--nice & tart too.

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          mossie RE: EatClerk Aug 4, 2003 08:54 PM

          I haven't tried all the Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet flavors, but I LOVE the grapefruit compari sorbet. Tart and refreshing, there's just nothing like it.

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            Deb Van D RE: mossie Aug 6, 2003 09:16 AM

            Tsk! Mossie, you beat me to it. Ciao, Bella!

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            Mar a RE: EatClerk Aug 5, 2003 09:51 PM

            I've tried quite a few, including a rice-puddingy one they made last winter. It was interesting. Really not bad if mixed with something else.
            My recommendations:
            -If you feel for chocolate, I've not found a better, more chocolatey ice cream than the Varlhona chocolate at Ciao Bella.
            -If you feel for fruit... When their mango sorbetto is good, it is really good. Passion fruit is quite refreshing also when they don't overdo the orange note.

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              chowpuppy RE: EatClerk Aug 6, 2003 02:47 PM

              as posted above - banana pecan rocks, also vahlrona chocolate when they have it.

              1. yumyumyogi RE: EatClerk May 20, 2008 07:02 PM

                Maple ginger snap. Oh my God. I just opened it to have a few small spoonfuls to satisfy my ice cream craving and ate almost the entire pint.

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                  Nikitenka RE: yumyumyogi May 20, 2008 08:28 PM

                  It's a sorbet, but I happen to be eating their delicious blood orange at this very moment.

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                    kobetobiko RE: Nikitenka May 20, 2008 08:33 PM

                    I agree on their sorbet! I didn't think their gelato is exceptional (it used to be but the bar is raised with all the competition out there). But their sorbet is really good. My favorite is cantaloupe and watermelon.

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                    muffintop RE: yumyumyogi May 20, 2008 10:11 PM

                    Absolutely the maple gingersnap. I saw this posting and i felt like i had to spread the word. I haven't had it in over a year and i still have dreams about it. So delicious.

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                      ricky7 RE: muffintop May 20, 2008 10:35 PM

                      totally agree with the maple ginger snap. I just finished the entire pint in one sitting.

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                        yumyumyogi RE: ricky7 May 21, 2008 11:30 AM

                        Question: Does this mean I should never buy another pint of this flavor again if I want to avoid eating an entire pint of gelato in one sitting? Bikini season is, afterall, coming up (not that I wear bikinis...). They really should make them in half-pint sizes.

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                        misnatalie RE: muffintop May 21, 2008 07:58 AM

                        Agree Maple Ginger Snap is the one

                    2. Miss Needle RE: EatClerk May 21, 2008 10:32 AM

                      DH loves the espresso.

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                        Scotty100 RE: Miss Needle May 21, 2008 03:56 PM

                        Another vote for the blood orange sorbet...wow...

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