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Am I the only one who finds Sweet Republic gelato underwhelming and bland?

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Read so much about Sweet Republic, was expecting to be hugely satisfied. Find the flavours lack depth and punch. They leave me frustrated actually, as if I need to keep digging to experience the full, explosive impact. It never happens. Where can I get great artisinal gelato in the Scottsdale area? Hand crafted, DEEPLY fruity, tart lemon, coffee is what I am after. Not basil.

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  1. Sweet Republic sells Ice Cream not gelato, I dig their ice cream and find it perfectly balanced rather than too sweet and fake tasting like most gelato joints in town can be. Give Grateful Spoon a go over in the LGO complex, Sensi Moreno passed his tricks on to Jordan so that may work for you.

    1. I've never had gelato at Sweet Republic, because as Molto E pointed out, they sell ice cream. It's damned good ice cream, too. Try the Salted Butter Caramel the next time you're up there. I do understand the frustration when you want one frozen sweet and end up with another. I've tried to quell a Red Mango fro-yo craving with gelato and it just didn't work. If you're looking for gelato in the Scottsdale area, the one that I've had that wasn't downright offensive was at That's Amore on Hayden north of Via de Ventura. They do have a second location up in the hinterlands on Pinnacle Peak east of Scottsdale Road. Avoid Gelato Spot at all costs. I'm pretty sure they make their product in a central location and ship it out; the few times I've been there I have found an ice pellet or two in my gelato, something that doesn't happen anywhere else.

      If you're willing to drive around town, my favorite gelato in town happens to be in the otherwise completely forgettable Arizona Mills Mall. On the south side of the mall between Off 5th and Neiman Marcus Last Call is a little kiosk, Lombardo's Gelato. It's a terrific little mom-n-pop gelato shop. The various sorbetti are my favorites. If they have strawberry champagne granita, get it.

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      That's Amore
      7605 E Pinnacle Peak Rd Ste 3, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

      Red Mango
      7000 E Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85054

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        As usual, JK has it right. That's Amore is the best. Always avoid gelato spot, unless you are with little ones and you have no other choice. Gelato Maker in Scottsdale is really good too.

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        That's Amore
        7605 E Pinnacle Peak Rd Ste 3, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

        Gelato Maker
        10135 E Via, Linda Scottsdale, AZ

      2. I didn't even realize Sweet Republic had gelato.

        Are you sure you didn't have the sorbet or the yogurt?

        The vanilla wasabi was fabulous by the way.

        1. Aside from mistaking ice cream for gelato, yes I think you may be the only one who finds Sweet Republic's product to be underwhelming and bland. I've tried many of their flavors and agree with others, the product is beautifully balanced and very good. As long as we have (sort of) blurred the line between gelato and ice cream, venture to Gilbert and try Udder Delights.

          1. I won't pile-on with the "it's not gelato" thread. But I will say that, despite the fact that I really respect what they are doing at Sweet Republic, it doesn't necessarily satisfy me when I have a craving for ice cream. (or gelato, for that matter.)

            It's great - no question about it. The shiso lemon that I had recently at Hana was absolutely astouding, as was the green tea. And the owners of Sweet Republic couldn't be nicer or more dedicated to their craft. Numerous reputable accolades have substantiated that.

            But, as much as I hate to admit it, despit my food snobbery I still find that Cold Stone rocky road satisfies my sweet tooth just about better than anything else.

            I must be really low-brow. Hey, my favorite beer is still Bud Light and I say it with pride!

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            1. re: ejs1492

              That's what makes the world go around. Angel Sweet Gelato on Chandler Blvd. in Chandler is decent for gelato and someone told me they have opened a second outpost at Tempe Marketplace.

              I almost think there are multiple products here. Sweet Republic is very refined and maybe what we might not be looking for when only that Rocky Road will do. I find Udder Delights much less refined - can't imagine them doing shiso lemon, for example - but really well crafted as a dairy farmer - which they are - would do; high butterfat content and honest ingredients as well as a few interesting flavor twists. I may have to go try each to test my theory.

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              Angel Sweet
              1900 W Chandler Blvd Ste 24, Chandler, AZ 85224

              1. re: Phoenix99

                It looks like there might be a second location of Angel Sweet at Mesa Riverview. I walked around "The District" at Tempe Marketplace, and didn't see it, there. If somebody can confirm this, I'd appreciate it. It's a bit of a drive, for me. They are listed on the Mesa Riverview directory with the following phone: (480) 969-5227.

                http://www.mesariverview.com

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                Angel Sweet
                1900 W Chandler Blvd Ste 24, Chandler, AZ 85224

                1. re: johnseberg

                  It is at Mesa Riverview. As you take the main drive in, it's on the Wal-Mart side facing away from the street. You'll see a sign that says gelato on the back of the building.

              2. re: ejs1492

                The last time that I went in, they did have a Chocolate Guinness and Irish Whiskey made with Jameson. Perhaps they can craft something with a Bud Light caramel swirl for you...the almond buttercrunch or cashew turtle will satisfy your rocky road jones

              3. Yes, I should have clarified what I ate. Not talking about ice cream. I had the fruit sorbets, pineapple, canteloupe, strawberry and chocolate sorbet. The chocolate was excellent. But the fruit flavours seemed shallow to me, needing more zing. Of course I appreciate the focus on natural ingredients and the care taken to create a high quality product. To be applauded, for sure. Having eaten plenty of excellent artisinal ice cream/gelato/sorbet in Italy and Montreal (Bilboquet - the best!), I was hoping to be swept off my feet and wasn't. Will try some of the recs. And will go back and try some of SR's other flavours. Thanks!

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                1. re: Cookiemaker

                  I second the Grateful Spoon recommendation. Although its not quite as good as when Moreno owned it and the consistency has dropped off significantly, in my opinion they still have the best, most pure flavors, especially when it comes to the fruit gelatos.

                  1. re: Cookiemaker

                    I will say I do have to agree with you on that one... every time I go to Sweet Republic I end up with ice cream instead of the sorbets.

                    1. re: Cookiemaker

                      My favorite SR sorbet is lime basil. First, because it's an inventive flavor and, second, because I find the flavor pretty intense. To get the full effect, eat it in the store or take a pint home and eat it within 24 hours. The flavor may drop off after a week in the freezer since fresh herbs are involved.

                      1. re: exit2lef

                        I really like Crave, which is available at the Dowtown Market grocery.