Hollywood Gelato Co in Los Feliz: Now Open!
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.
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.
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;)
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).
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.