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hollywood gelato--wow!

i'm not a big fan of bayview village, but i'll put up with it to have the peanut butter chocolate or valrhona dark chocolate gelato at this place...it's amazing! i usually prefer ice cream over gelato but this is creamy and delicious. are there any gelato places in toronto that are just as good?

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  1. Nope. Hollywood is the best. And not just in TO. That stuff will hold up in Italy.

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    1. re: Fwagra

      Agreed. I took an Italian friend who had just done what she called a "gelato tour" of Italy and she said Hollywood's stuff was as good or better than most of the places she tried.

      1. re: Fwagra

        I agree, it's hard to beat. I had key lime pie, coconut cream pie and Valrhona Chocolate tonight. Delish!

      2. I am a great fan of Gelato Milano in the beaches (Queen near Hammersmith). Opened recently, it will give Hollywood a run for its money once people know more about it. It's my fave, above La Paloma and above Hollywood. Gus, Steve and the gang know what they are doing....

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        1. re: Fredster

          I'm sorry to say that I tried Milano and found the lavours disappointing. Banana gelato should not taste like a kid's popsicle. Try Solferino (on Wellington Street East) for real ingredients and no skimping. (Unlike Milano, their banana gelato is not fluorescent yellow--it's actually made of banana, with no artificial flavouring.) Everything I have had there has been amazing, and I'd rather drive across the city to Solferino than go to Milano in my neighbourhood anytime.

          1. re: Full tummy

            i have had peach, raspberry, tiramisu and nutella. Sorry, but what I had was great and I have had a lot of gelato. You're entitled to your opinion, as all tastes are in nature but, from what I have had they are truly one of the best. However, the place I really don't like nowadays is Sicilian Sidewalk.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Agree. I went to Milano a day or so after they opened and what we had (basic, simple flavours) was tasty and authentic. However, on subsequent visits the use of artificial flavourings and colourings has been obvious--not in all flavours, but in enough to disappoint. Ed's keeps my business, even if their gelatos err on the sugar-syrup sweet side. (I'm certainly not going to drive across town just for ice cream. Is polluting worth it? LOL.)

            2. re: Fredster

              Tried them last week. The place looked good, but the gelato all tasted weak and artificial and the scoops were miserly for the price. I don't think they make it in house. I won't be giving them a second chance.

            3. You mean Bayview Village at Bayview & Sheppard or Bayview Village meaning the neighbourhood of Bayview & Eg??

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              1. re: mrsleny

                they have a location at bayview village shoping mall :)

                plus its hard to dislike a neighbourhood that has so many places to eat :)

                1. re: sleepy

                  Hollywood is at the corner of Bayview and Manor, 1 light south of Eglinton.

                  As far as I know, they do not have a location at the mall. If they do, sleepy, could you please tell us where?

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    my mistake i thought i read on a website they had another location i was wrong :)

              2. Hollywood is, indeed, terrific. When the place was new, one of the owners would hang around soliciting comments and then try things out. I believe I had some role to play in the Sicilian pistachio. I haven't seen him around in a couple of years, but the quality has, if anything, been slowly improving.

                I tried Solferino and enjoyed it, but, in my opinion, Hollywood's tastes better and costs somewhat less. Solferino does have some very interesting fresh fruit flavours.

                On a more sombre note, we recently had the gelato at the Vaughan Mills branch of LaPaloma. Their St Clair location made Toronto's best gelato for decades. I gather Vaughan is a franchise, but doubt that their gelato comes from a different source. Four of six flavours tasted artificial, weak, or otherwise weird. The remaining two had no discernible taste at all. Greed triumphs again :-(

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                1. re: embee

                  When I tried La Paloma on St. Clair. I wasn't really that impressed. I found the flavours weak there as well and I don't think that there was enough dairy used in the gelato. It was more like sorbet than true gelato, especially with the fruit ones.

                  1. re: bogie

                    I like the strawberry frozen yoghurt from La Paloma - nice creamy tangy test. Love Hollywood Gelato's hazelnut...mmm...

                  2. re: embee

                    First, thanks for any influence you may have had on Hollywood's incredibly good pistachio gelato.

                    Secondly, I totally agree with your comments on La Paloma at Vaughan Mills: garbage.

                  3. the hazelnut...mmMmmMmMmm
                    and the Ferrero Rocher flavour is sooooooooo good too!

                    1. I agree with FullTummy- Solferino is a lovely option for those that are downtown and don't want to drive up to Bayview Village (I personally found Hollywood gelato to be a bit too sweet for me). The gelato flavours are wonderful- Belgian Chocolate Orange, Lulo (a tropical fruit from Colombia), and Passion Fruit all stand out as clear favourites. Plus their espresso and other coffees are also just as good. Perfect for lounging around with friends after dinner.

                      1. Had my first Hollywood Gelato experience last week. In a word, it was outstanding. I'm a big italophile, I get to Italy very often, and this compares with most anything I've had there. La Paloma has long since gone downhill and is completely overrated.
                        Try the Rocher flavour at Hollywood. I think they gave it some cute name like "Rocky Roche". And the Sicilian Cannoli is good, too. So was the pistacchio, banana, hazelnut........

                        1. I spent a month in T-Dot last summer and Hollywood was my mecca, even though it took me an hour from my downtown hotel, on foot and with TTC, to get there. I made it to Solferino several times and some of what I had was quite good.

                          Hollywood is not nearly as good as Mondo Gelato in Vancouver, the gold standard in North America, but it was very, very good.

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                          1. re: John Manzo

                            There was a Mondo Gelato in Toronto on Queen West near University in the eighties or early nineties. It was way ahead of its time and on a block with few parking possibilities and little pedestrian traffic. It didn't last very long, but I remember it being worth a trip across town. I think it may be a franchise. Anybody out there looking for a business opportunity that will make many hounds happy:-)

                          2. I LOVE solferino! I have never tried hollywood, even though they are down the street from me...trip for this long weekend!

                            La Paloma has really gone downhill, which is quite sad. No flavour, lots of air. I took an out of town friend there, and was embarassed by the quality.

                            Sicilian too... they are also incredibly bad for service. (my story: I was walking by during taste of little italy 2005 and wanted gelato. They wouldnt let me inside and said I could only order takeout from their small outside booth. I told them they didnt have the flavour I wanted displayed outside, and he told me I could only choose one of those flavours or not get any. Not to mention the outside booth was more expensive than usual. That was the last time I ever went there!)

                            I've also tried the new Dolce gelato across from sicilian, and they have a wonderful texture, but the flavours can be a bit fake, depending which ones.

                            DO NOT try the one at Dominion, unless you just want the price cut!

                            1. If you're ever in the Oakville area check out the Butterfly Ice Cream Cafe in Bronte Village. 77 Bronte Rd. (South of Lakeshore). They only sell about 6 to 8 flavours a day (changes every day), everything is homemade and absolutely to die for. A great place in the summer to grab a gelato and walk along the harbour. (Definitely worth the drive.)

                              I went to Solefrino's last weekend and I didn't think their gelato was nearly as good as this place's.


                              1. Mmmm...just had the key lime pie gelato at Hollywood two Sundays in a row! $2.95 for two flavours meant I also got to enjoy Valhrona chocolate. (Last week it was the half-price kiddie cup for me!)

                                Haven't been to Solferino for a couple of months, but love everything there, although once, the chocolate-date was a bit overfrozen.

                                Sweet Olenka's on Lakeshore just west of Royal York makes their own ice cream and it's pretty good...$1.75 buys two scoops! Ginger, peach cinnamon cobbler, and chocolate are all decent flavours.