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Gelato - Mt.Pleasant south of Eglinton

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mfbodd May 26, 2007 04:39 PM

I can't remember the name of the place, but I just tried a new Gelato establishment on Mt.Pleasant, a few blocks south of Eg. They serve up the real deal and the flavours I had were quite good. I tend to lean more towards the nut and chocolate choices and I think their versions may be better than Hollywood. I haven't had La Paloma in a long time, but the last time I did I was pleased. The prices are a little high and the place on Mt.Pleasant isn't cheap, but it isn't as high as La Paloma either. I believe they are between the two (La Paloma and Hollywood). Anyway, if you go to Hollywood this summer and find the line to get served a tad too long for your taste I recommend you travel a short way to Mt.Pleasant for a great substitute. They don't have the same number of flavours, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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    Yongeman RE: mfbodd May 27, 2007 06:32 AM

    I think it's called Il Gelatiere. It's at Mt. Pleasant and Hillsdale, I think. A small cup or cone (2 flavours) is $3.90. We tried it a couple of days ago and everyone enjoyed their flavours.

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      Gourmando RE: Yongeman May 27, 2007 01:43 PM

      I was there last night, after a great veal chop at Positano. Had a cone with pistachio and "Maria", which is a heavenly cinnamon/nut flavour. Definitely the real deal.

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        Royaljelly RE: Gourmando May 27, 2007 02:54 PM

        How is it compared to Hollywood Gelato? They have the closest thing so far to the real stuff I had in Italy a few years back (was eating 2 flavours of gelato daily for 3 weeks). I just didn't like the ones at La Paloma (in Vaughn)... way too sweet.

    2. steam23 RE: mfbodd May 27, 2007 04:08 PM

      How's the lemon gelato? I judge all gelateria's on how they do the lemon. Thus far I haven't found Hollywood Gelato's match yet (including in Milan!)

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        Snarf RE: mfbodd May 28, 2007 06:01 AM

        Everything is made on site. This is the third place with the same owner/chef; the other two are in Rome. I started with the chocolate, my own barometer, and found it mind-blowingly good. Many other flavours to try, including a few that are on the curve (chocolate/hot pepper, tiramisu).

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          steam23 RE: Snarf May 28, 2007 03:52 PM

          It's going to be a good summer:)

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            storeman RE: steam23 May 29, 2007 06:41 PM

            Went this evening like all the Non dairy Gelato
            Wife wants to evernight

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              sgogo RE: storeman May 29, 2007 06:48 PM

              Just got back from there. Had the non-dairy chocolate (fondant, I think it was called) and the hazelnut. Very good chocolate flavour, almost bittersweet. Hazelnut was good, but could have had a more intense nut flavour. A little expensive, but worth it. I haven't had Hollywood, so can't compare.

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                bogie RE: sgogo May 31, 2007 10:05 AM

                My wife and I finally went last night and all I can say is WOW! We shared a large cup for $6.25, a little pricey but worth it. They let you choose up to 5 flavours. We tried chocolate, tiramisu, pistachio and "Maria", which is a cinammon-pine nut concoction. Every single one was amazing and with the creamiest texture. Honestly beats up Paloma and Hollywood gelatos. They are very busy already, with lineups onto the street. I like that you are being served by genuine and charming Italian dudes that are proud of their product, too.

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          Yongeman RE: mfbodd May 31, 2007 07:32 PM

          I usually head for the fruit flavours, especially banana. Theirs is fresh, but a bit on the tangy side--not really creamy, but fresh banana, nevertheless. But today I tried the chocolate--Holy Cacao, Batman. Dark and delicious.

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            Full tummy RE: Yongeman May 31, 2007 08:45 PM

            Was there this morning enjoying gelato for breakfast and was told there is no dairy in the fruit flavours, which might explain the lack of creaminess. I did taste the banana, however, and it looked and tasted as though it was full of the fruit instead of artificial colour and flavour, and it was quite smooth despite the lack of milk/cream. Definitely will be back for more.

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              Yongeman RE: Full tummy Jun 1, 2007 05:47 AM

              Mmmm gelato for breakfast. You could have had it with a croissant from Celestin or Jules, just down the street. Thanks for the info about the banana and other fruit flavours, Ft.

          2. icey RE: mfbodd Jun 1, 2007 06:09 AM

            I went there earlier this week, and had a small cup of lemon and pineapple. The lemon was one of the best that I have had in Canada...it had the right balance of sweet and tart, and it was ridiculously refreshing. The pineapple was really nice, with little pieces of fruit inside, and it was rich and light at the same time. I will definetly go back....often! :)

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              steam23 RE: icey Jun 1, 2007 07:37 PM

              Just got back from trying this place out. WOW! the lemon gelato (which as I said before how i judge a gelateria) knocked it outa the park. I hate to say it, but better than hollywood gelato's. The pink grapefruit was pretty spectacular too. I get the feeling this is going to be a regular haunt.

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              BrendaE RE: mfbodd Jun 2, 2007 06:46 PM

              I've been there twice now and I know I will be there a lot this summer. It really is better than Hollywood. The chocolate, lemon and pistachio are all amazing! Looking forward to trying more flavours!

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                erly RE: BrendaE Jun 2, 2007 07:27 PM

                Do they have a coconut gelato with real coconut shreds?
                Although I spend a lot of time in Milan on business trips, gelato was never a favourite of mine, until I discovered the creamy coconut gelato at a little spot across from La Scala, and now it is always on my list.
                Haven't looked hard, but have never seen it in Toronto.

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                  Yongeman RE: erly Jun 2, 2007 10:27 PM

                  Oh yes erly, they do have the coconut flavour with coconut bits. You'll have to try it and let us know how it measures up.

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                    robb RE: Yongeman Jun 3, 2007 01:22 PM

                    Based on the reviews, I tried this spot. Have to agree that the lemon and pink grapefruit were outstanding, but I found the pistachio had somewhat of a synthetic texture and taste. Will definately stick to the non-dairy fruit selections. Also curious why the names of the flavors have to be Italian. Some flavors (straticella sp.) are just naturally Italian, but does pink grapefruit have to be called pomelo. I had trouble pronouncing a number of the flavors.

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                      Yongeman RE: robb Jun 3, 2007 01:49 PM

                      It shouldn't be a huge surprise that the flavours are in Italian--after all the name of the 'gelato' place is 'Il Gelatiere'. They're happy to explain the flavours in English, too.

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                        robb RE: Yongeman Jun 3, 2007 03:25 PM

                        It's not a matter of surprise-just awkwardness.

              2. Royaljelly RE: mfbodd Jun 3, 2007 03:33 PM

                Just went there today, during the mid day heat/humidity (perfect for gelato!). Tried the hazelnut, which was nutty but a bit light in richness. The "melon" was too sweet, probably more cantelope based. The best was the grapefruit, as others have mentioned. Didn't venture to try the lemon, since wife and I aren't too keen on sour flavours (is it sour, for those who have had it?). Definitely better than Hollywood, will be going back for WAY more this summer.

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