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Aug 29, 2006 12:05 AM

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'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!