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Al Gelato Disappointment

Did I just pick the two worst flavors, or is Al Gelato just not for me?

Cabernet: nice enough texture, but a little too sugary with not enough cabernet flavor. Didn't like my sample enough to buy a whole cup. Should have sampled more before deciding to buy a whole cup of...

Blackberry: just plain awful. It was incredibly dense, so much so that it felt foamy in my mouth and left that fatty tasting coating on my tongue. It was also served frozen so hard that I couldn't dig into it with my spoon. I just held the cup like a cone and took bites out of it. Not licks, bites. And I had to chew too. Worst of all, it didn't taste like fresh blackberries. Instead, it tasted like those marinated cherries you find in black cherry ice cream. I love ice cream, and I couldn't even finish a small cup of this. Honestly, I would rather eat Rite Aid ice cream for all its artificial flavoring.

Did I pick bad flavors? The apple, mango,orange, and chocolate looked promising, but I thought I'd try something different. I love blackberries, and I've never been so disappointed by something with blackberries as flavoring.

Are there other favorite gelaterias in the area? My next stop is the one inside the Century City Mall Gelson's someone mentioned.

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  1. I've never tried the blackberry, but I can say that the apple, pear, and pineapple are all wonderful ices. For gelato, the chocolate is excellent, as are the coffee flavors.

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    1. re: Jwsel

      I must have just had bad luck. There was no pineapple or pear (I love pear ices), the only chocolate was hazelnut flavored (ick), and I didn't notice coffee. Would you say that Al tends towards the sweet side? I know that's some people's preference.

    2. My favoritesthere are the pear and melon ice, and the lemon as well.
      As for chocolate being hazelnut flavored, yum as opposedto ick. I like gianduja and the straight hazelnut nocciola even more.

      The simple cream gelato (crema) is fine.

      If you like ices you might like the place on Montana across from the aero theater.
      DIDIO'S ITALIAN ICES
      1305 MONTANA AVE
      90402
      SANTA MONICA

      1. Personally I don't much like the cabernet (tastes like Welch's grape juice to me) and am not sure I have ever tried more than a spoonful of the blackberry. Favorite flavors: coconut (by far), capuccino, crema, vaniglia (lemon-vanilla), green apple, pear, grapefruit, orange. I also like the ripply, crazy-quilt "spumoni" (which is a random combination of leftovers, not a fixed combination of a few flavors like most spumonis) and rainbow sherbet although I could easily see how others wouldn't.

        And yes, I would agree that most of the flavors tend to the sweet side, just like the tomato sauce and the caramel-drenched apple pie.

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        1. re: PayOrPlay

          definitely the rainbow sherbet!

        2. hte cocoonut gelato is pretty darn good, yes, the gelato is very sweet. it's not a nuancy less sweet gelato.

          1. You know, I also found it disappointing. I think I had hazelnut. It was a little sweet, but my issue with it was more texture-related...it just didn't have the smooth creaminess I expect from gelato. Try Gelato Fantasia in Palms...it's a little hole-in-the-wall with lower prices and much better gelato.