Gelato in Charlotte???
- lynnlato Jun 28, 2007 11:05 AM
Anyone know where we can get some decent gelato in or around town? They used to have it at Dean & DeLuca/Stonecrest but no more. Now they only carry the prepackaged stuff at Phillips Place. Help!
I've noticed the "Ciao Bella" brand of gelato at both the Earth Fare and the new gourmet specialty shop across the street near Vintage Wine Cellars (behind Sticky Fingers on Johnston Rd.)
We used that brand years ago at a restaurant in CT and I can only assume it's still a quality product. It's made in the traditional style. I still think part of the fun of gelato is getting a hald dozen flavors in a fancy to-go container as they do in Italy but we've got to live with what we've got. Besides, a tray of gelato won't travel very well in the heat of a Charlotte summer.
For immediate consumption, Dolce is still tops.
Mia Gelato in Birkdale (Huntersville) is awesome. Not only does the gelato taste great, but it is presented artistically and professionally as well. I asked what they used as sweetener (I'm wary of cheap corn syrup). They use real sugar. They also have other treats, and even lunch items, but the gelato takes center stage. I'm going to go pick up a couple take-out pints today.
If you're not interested in paying Dolce prices, or feel weird ordering dessert alone, you can go over to Luisa's; the gelato-making apparatus is actually located there.