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Gelato!! (Tempe)

I've tried Chandler's Angel Sweet (Peanut butter, pistachio, Super dark chocolate!!), Gelato Spot (my fave is Roche! Peanut butter is so good!), Tempe's Whole Foods gelato counter (White Pistachio is excellent! Valrhona Chocolate is very good), and the gelato counter at Mill Ave in Tempe's The Coffee Bean (?). Haven't tried Phoenix's Arlecchino's... any others that beat these gelato spots?

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  1. begins and ends with Arlecchino!

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    1. re: Molto E

      Heaven is me in a bathtub of their pistachio. No kids, no phone, just me and the pistachio.

      1. re: mamamia

        Have you tried Ciao Bella's Pistachio? Heaven! There are pistachio nuts embedded in the white gelato, as well... I love the texture and saltiness they provide.

      2. re: Molto E

        First time visit to Arlecchino's today. Sampled a few flavors, including cioccolato, pistachio, nutella, cremolata (the best of the two hazelnut flavors of the day), pear-chocolate (surprise fave!), and a vanilla-based Kahlua-flavored gelato (may order this next time). Disappointed that peanut butter, choc/peanutbutter, and chocolate-hazelnut were not offered today.

        Perhaps I came too early (I visited shortly before 3p, which is when the store opens for business), and the gelatos were not up/down to serving temperature, but I did not find Arlecchino's to be any better than any of the other brands I've tried (see above posts). <Blasphemy!, they cried.> I prefer Whole Foods gelato counter's White pistachio, which contains actual chunks of pistachios (I love, love, love texture in my foods), to that of Arlecchino's pistachio. Of course, the pitiful sample size could have played a major factor in my not being able to savor the flavors. Perhaps I was just too full from the delicious chicken sandwich and coleslaw I ingested from Matt's Big Breakfast... but then again, a full stomach never kept me from indulging in desserts before! I'll have to go back soon and order a waffle cone with one or two scoops. Or I might just forego gelato and try a pizza at Cibo or La Grande Orange for the first time...

        1. re: starlightjulian

          what flavor or flavors did you buy or did you just sample?

          1. re: Molto E

            Just sampled flavors mentioned above (since I had a huge lunch) with the intention of going back with a relative later on that night after dinner. Said relative felt too sick to accompany me all the way downtown.

            Splurged after dinner tonight and had a waffle cone of peanut butter gelato from Angel Sweet. Mmmm-mmmm good!!

          2. re: starlightjulian

            I'm with you -- I have tried Arlecchino's over and over, and I don't see why they're touted as the absolute pinnacle of gelato-ness herein the Valley. I have found purer, fresher fruit flavors at Angel Sweet and Lombardo's, and I don't prefer Arlecchino's pistachio. Their chocolate and liqueur-based flavors are what I think edge out the competition's.

            Oh no! Are we about to start the great gelato debate? (Runs for cover)

            1. re: starlightjulian

              I've been equally pleased with Angel Sweet and Arlecchino in terms of their execution of the fruity flavors I prefer. My wife, however, makes the case for Arlecchino based on her love of mint chocolate chip gelato. At most places, that flavor is green, suggesting the usage of artificial color. Arlecchino, however, provides a white gelato with dark flecks -- seemingly a more genuine approach to mint chocolate chip.

              1. re: silverbear

                Have you tried Arlecchino's pear-chocolate flavor? Out of all the flavors I sampled that day, I would never have thought I'd enjoy that one the best... and I hadn't even asked to try that one... the server suggested I try her fave!

            2. I usually go to Lombardo's at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. I haven't been there is a couple of months. I'm thinking it's on the North end of the mall, on the second floor, right at the top of the stairs. There is another one at Arrowhead mall, down the aisle, West of the main food court.

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              1. re: johnseberg

                I absolutely LOVE Lombardo's! I think it's even better than Arlecchino, and I've been pleased with their service since my first time when they had just opened their first kiosk at Arrowhead. They'll let you taste everything in the case if you want. If they have either of the granita (they have strawberry-champagne and orange) try them, they're out of this world.

                1. re: johnseberg

                  Thought I'd let you all know that Lombardo's gelato is now at Arizona Mills. Bebe informed me that they've been there for about a month now. She tried to get me to sample a few flavors, but I was just too full from dinner... you normally won't have to ask me twice to sample gelato!! The white chocolate peanut butter intrigued me, but I really couldn't eat any more... Bebe told me I have to try the mango soon!

                  I hope this info is helpful!

                  1. re: starlightjulian

                    So that's where Bebe has been hiding! The mango does indeed utterly rule, especially when they're in peak season.

                    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                      I was really disappointed to go quite a stretch out of my way to hit Lombardo's at Arrowhead, to find them gone. It's pretty much the only reason I would go to *any* of these malls.

                      http://www.lombardogelato.com

                      1. re: johnseberg

                        Good news! Lombardo's has four new stores in the works, and they are looking good for taking space in the strip mall at Hayden and Indian Bend. Also, at 59th Ave and Utopia, possibly where the new Tutti Santi is, plus Gilbert and Tempe Marketplace.

                        For now, they just have the AZ Mills location between Neiman Marcus and Saks.

                        1. re: johnseberg

                          Tempe Marketplace? There's already Mercato del Gelato (average at best, incidentally) there, wouldn't two gelaterias in a shopping center that size be a bit much?

                        2. re: johnseberg

                          Oh, I know! They left there just before Christmas, and my heart just plain sank when I saw they weren't there anymore.

                  2. Yep - Got one for you. They are located in a strip mall near Brown/Higley.
                    It's called Gelato Dolce Vita. The owner is from Italy. Wonderful gelato.
                    Also very good espresso!!!

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                    1. re: StuCazzo

                      Thank you for the three replies so far! I will definitely try Arlecchino's and Lombardo's soon... Brown/Higley is a little bit too east for me. Keep the suggestions coming!!

                      1. re: starlightjulian

                        The original Lombardo's is at Arrowhead Mall, if that's not too far west for you.

                        I really miss Angel Sweet.

                        There is also a good gelato shop out at Verrado. Grazie for pizza, gelato after -- nice way to spend the evening.

                        1. re: themis

                          OK - I'll bite. What happened to Angel Sweet?

                          1. re: StuCazzo

                            Nothing, I just don't live down the street from it anymore.

                    2. Definitely try Arlecchino's - the Vesuvio and the Valentino particularly!

                      We live right by Angel Sweet and that's where we most often go(beyond being nearby we've found it to eb the best on this side of town) but if we're in the neighborhood of Arlecchino we try to stop in and get some(sometimes we don't want to fight the parking situation though!)

                      1. I tried a couple of gelatos at Arlecchino several weeks ago on a sunny weekend afternoon -- one was pistachio, the other chocolate, for about $5.50 total. It was very, very good, better than what I've had at Gelato Spot, which also is good. I don't eat stuff like that very often ... I inhaled that food when I was younger, but I mostly eschew desserts to make room for everything else in my cornucopia ... and upon reflection, I think I'm more of an ice cream guy anyway.