Fudgelato, Alameda - have you tried it?
- hhc Jan 2, 2008 09:59 PM
I just read some reviews online about this place, haven't heard anything from the chowhounds..Ruth, others? It's supposed to have fudge, gelato, & candy.
2353 Santa Clara Ave
2353 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
I tried it a couple months ago, shortly after they opened. The gelato was a bit icy ( I had dulce du leche and .. straciatelle I think. Both were decent but nothing to rave about. I havent been back since. Tucker's normal ice cream is still my go-to for frozen treats in alameda. Ice cream dock over on Island (by angelfish) keeps their stuff (Lappert's) WAY too cold and hard packed for me. Too bad.
What about Loard's down at South Shore/Alameda Towne Centre? I wandered in there the other day when I was shopping, just to check it out, and I'm trying to remember to go there when I'm actually going to buy ice cream!
As for Fudgelato ... didn't I post on it when I tried it? Maybe not. Nothing to write home about: Gelato Classico is good, but not unique, the fudge was okay, but I actually like the fudge at Tucker's better, and at that, I'm not crazy about store bought fudge: it's mostly too waxy for my taste. But then, I spent years learning how to make classic cooked fudge at home, so I'm verrrrrrrry picky! I actually wonder about all these small shops that have those slabs of fudge -- it seems like none of them have the equipment to actually make fudge on site, so I've been wondering if it's a mix or a machine/mix combo. You know, like where you buy a machine and the prepackaged ingredients to go into it, and you "make" the fudge on site ... but not really.
This was a good mention from Alameda Magazine. The gelato is Gelato Clasico. The only thing made in-house is the fudge. Any tried that? From the link ...
"BEFORE TONY DOUMITT JOINED HIS PARENTS' RETAIL SHOE BUSINESS, HE WORKED AT RESTAURANTS—cooking, bar tending and managing a Chevys in San Leandro. He was therefore well qualified not only to manage Fudgelato ... but also to make the fudge ($11.95 a pound) when his folks, Robert and Shirley Doumitt, decided to transform storage space adjoining their eponymous shoe shop into a fudge, candy and gelato store. It was mom Shirley’s idea to line the shelves with glass apothecary jars, giving the pristine, modern place a delightfully old-time feel."
Hmmm ... sorry I missed the holiday gelato flavors ... spumoni, gingerbread, pumpkin, peppermint bark.
Good thing Fudgelato isn't in SF because the name would mean something else. Seriously unintentional kinky name.