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May 26, 2007 04:39 PM

Gelato - Mt.Pleasant south of Eglinton

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Yongeman

      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.

      1. re: Gourmando

        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. 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!)

      1. 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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        1. re: Snarf

          It's going to be a good summer:)

          1. re: steam23

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

            1. re: storeman

              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.

              1. re: sgogo

                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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Yongeman

            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.

            1. re: Full tummy

              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. 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 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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            1. re: icey

              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.