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Best chocolate gelato - what's your opinion?

I was addicted to Solferino's Belgian chocolate gelato; now Solferino's closed for good.... It was very smooth with a deep chocolate flavour, not overly sweet... Tonight I tried Ed's chocolate gelato (don't remember the actual name of the flavour), and although it has a nice flavour (not as intense as Solferino's in my opinion), it has a grainy texture, not from ice, but maybe from cocoa powder??? Not sure, but to me it just doesn't measure up... Sad to say.

Weigh in, Chowhounds, to find the best chocolate gelato before summer's here.

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  1. Have you gone to Il Gelaterie on Mt.Pleasant? It the best gelato in the city (IMO). I have tried Hollywood Gelato on Bayview, Dolce on College, La Paloma at their various locations, and they pale in comparison to Il Gelatiere.

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    1. re: Lazar

      make sure you specifically get the chocolate w/ chili at Il Gelatiere.

      1. re: aser

        I agree-I am convinced it has aphrodesiac properties!
        It's a very natural chili flavour and there is a wonderful depth of flavour to the chocolate

        SWS

      2. re: Lazar

        So, I tried to go to Il Gelatiere tonight. Did not know their hours, so called. Voice mail does not give any information, just says they aren't available.... It was closed. So, off to Hollywood. Tried the darkest non-chili version (will try the chili version another time), and Ed's definitely beats it in flavour, but not texture. The mouthfeel of the Hollywood version is better. Not sure which I prefer, overall...

        1. re: Full tummy

          Once Il Gelatierie goes to summer hours, they are usually open until 11:00...currently I think they close at 7?

          1. re: Lazar

            Thanks, Lazar. Made it there today. They close at 6 these days. Tried the chocolate, nocciola, and coccone (I think that's what they call the coconut). Well, I'm really only concerned about the chocolate, as that is what I crave most....

            It was quite good on all fronts; the flavour was significantly deeper and richer than Hollywood, and the texture was somewhat better than Hollywood (in my opinion), and much better than Ed's.

            Oh ya, and there was no huge lineup (as there was last night at Hollywood Gelato), which makes it even more attractive.

            Oh, plus it's just down the street from Culinarium and Flaky Tart (who can resist an excellent raisin-filled, gooey butter tart as a "chaser" to gelato???)

            1. re: Full tummy

              If you become a regular (and it is hard not to become one) you will find the owner Alessandro a really sweet guy...the added bonus to this is that if you happen to be there when he is trying out new flavours, he will sometimes give you a taste spoonful...

              I am ashamed to admit that I have not been there is some time as it is on the opposite end of the city from where I moved. I will definitely be going back once the later summer hours start.

              Can't wait to taste the Pomelo, Zuppa Inglese, Zabaglione, and Cioccolatto Peperoncino once again...mmmm-MMM!

              1. re: Lazar

                don't forget maria! cinnamon in gelato! who knew?

      3. Here's my top four. Soma, XocoCava, and Il Gelatiere Artigianale. The last one alternates between the cioccolato, cioccolato non latte, and the cioccolatto peperoncino.

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        1. re: Snarf

          I agree (except you only mention the top 3)- if you're buying by the scoop. But if you want a carton then the best VALUE is from Xococava or drop by the Gelato Fresco outlet (only Mon-Fri office hours) which has a variable selection. Their Toscano Black (around the same price as Il Gelatiere) is the absolute FINEST (IMO) chocolate in the city. The other choices are the cheapest 'quality' product you'll find.

          1. re: Snarf

            I love Il Gelatiere's cioccolato peperoncino & their fondente (non latte). Yesterday, they also offered chocolate orange.

            Tried Hollywood's Valrhona last week, when I found Il Gelatiere wasn't open (it was late on a weeknight, and summer hours weren't in effect). So sweet, and not nearly as intense as any of the chocolates I've tried at Il Gelatiere.

            Il Gelatiere is my hands down favourite place for chocolate gelato in the city, followed by Soma.

          2. Gelato Fresco's Devil's Chocolate.

            And you can get it in supermarkets and corner stores.

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            1. re: aveivy

              Gelato Fresco's Devil's Chocolate is richest in the off season. When they're pumping it out in the summer it seems the flavours weaken.

            2. Thanks for the tips, so far!!! I've got a lot to try now. Poor me..... hahaha.

              1. at Ed's, I would get the spicy/chipotle chocolate (I forget the name).

                as an aside, their pear-Parmesan was ridiculously good

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                1. re: atomeyes

                  I believe it's the hot chili chocolate gelato, or something very close to that. It's very rich though, and even a kiddie cup is too much for me. Fortunately, even in that small size they're willing to give me two flavors. I like the coconut gelato to cut the intensity, and the sweetness goes very well with the spice.

                  The balsamic strawberry is amazing as well. I was a bit scared when I first saw it, but the sample won me over. I've never seen parmesan pear, but I haven't been in since last fall.