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Hollywood Gelato Co in Los Feliz: Now Open!

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Queequeg Dec 2, 2006 10:49 PM

Hollywood Gelato Company is a small, pastel yellow building on Hillhurst, across from The Alcove. If you're like me, you've been waiting literally all year for it to open - and now, finally, it is.

The place is cute inside; along with gelato, they sell coffee, cupcakes, cakes, and (randomly) some greeting and Christmas cards. There is a decent (not huge) selection of flavors. Overall, I thought most of the flavors looked ok, not particularly interesting, and certainly not as interesting as the flavors over at Pazzo Gelato in Silverlake. I chose a small cup ($2.95): blueberry with buttercream cookie and dark chocolate truffle with raspberries. The verdict: good, but not great. The consistency was too creamy, making it taste more like rich ice cream and less like gelato.

Still nice to have a good ice cream shop in the neighborhood, though.

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    alison RE: Queequeg Dec 3, 2006 03:31 AM

    Do they make the gelato there or is it someone else's ?

    Thanks for the head's up-We'll check it out !
    Nice that they waited until Dec. to open-they sure blew their Summer !!

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      Queequeg RE: alison Dec 3, 2006 07:29 PM

      I wanted to ask at the time, but, as they were very busy, didn't get a chance. Please report back if/when you find out!

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      fritzfritz RE: Queequeg Dec 5, 2006 03:12 AM

      We stopped by this Saturday. Very "Cute" shop!! They look very franchise"ish" though. The gelato selection was standard. I was told the product is not made onsite, it's actually shipped in. The consensus among the group was very mediocre at best.

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        LizGraphix RE: Queequeg Dec 5, 2006 10:25 PM

        I hate to disagree but, I've tried many gelatos in LA, Chicago, Montreal and NYC ... and, having tried the Chocolate Brandied Caramel and the Malt with Crushed Malted Milk Balls I thought it was EXCELLENT! It was creamy, dense and rich in flavor.

        In answer to the above question, no, they do not make it in-house, it is shipped from Michigan.

        We're really excited about returning to this store again. We had tried the one on Sunset in Silverlake the week before .. it was awful - I couldn't even finish mine.

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          Bic RE: Queequeg Dec 23, 2006 05:17 PM

          The gelato at Hollywood Gelato on Hillhurst in Los Feliz is imported from Michigan. It's thick, flavors not particularly strong or distinctive. The biggest problem is the staffing -- been twice and neither person behind the counter could tell us what was in certain flavors that were otherwise not obvious by the name. Their answer when asked was "do you want to taste it?" This could be a problem if you're allergic to peanuts or some other mystery ingredient. The manager/owner should be training the staff with information about the flavors. In addition, someone needs a spell-checker -- at least 4 or 5 were misspelled, suggesting again a not very concerned management.

          Stick with Pazzo Gelato (on Sunset in Silver Lake) or Scoops (on Heliotrope, just north of Melrose behind LACC).

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            bo_burger RE: Queequeg Jan 4, 2007 07:47 PM

            Tried this place for the first time. It is cute and staff was very nice. Pretty bad gelato and sorbet. Stringy with frozen bits. If it was just mass-produced stuff with barely any flavor, I'd still hit it again due to location, but it was pretty bad so never again. You'd be better off with something from a grocery store. Nothing but fantastic experiences with Pazzo and I even like that families go there;)

            1. PseudoNerd RE: Queequeg Jan 5, 2007 04:40 AM

              Their stuff is creamy? I agree with the poster above-- it's stringily and slushily frozen. The flavors weren't very pronounced at all, and it was too sweet (this is a complaint I also have with Pazzo, but they're better about it than most other places around the city).

              The service was sub-par as well. The guy who was working wasn't even behind the counter until about 5 minutes after we entered the building, messed up the first time on the orders, and scowled the entire time he was in front of us.

              I'd take Pazzo any day.

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