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Gelato / Ice Cream Challenge - Toronto

Visited Boreal for gelato again today and it was truly amazing! The banana chocolate chip was a 10/10. It was overflowing with a real fresh great flavour of banana, awesome tasting chocolate and it was so creamy and not sugary. I just can't imagine a better gelato/ice cream experience.

Check it out and then please let me know where one could actually expect to get anything better!

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  1. Had the dark chocolate and then also the lemon sour creme gelato at Soma at King/Bathurst - both were amazing!

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    1. re: thebutcher

      Yes Soma dark chocolate is at the top. Have to try the lemon sour cream tomorrow - sounds amazing! Thanks!

      1. re: thebutcher

        Thanks for the heads up on the lemon sour cream at SOMA. Had that for lunch today!! While the gelato itself was quite good, not spectacular, and the lemon flavour was awesome, it didn't deliver on the sour cream IMO. I would never think to go back for that flavour, expecially not compared to their dark chocolate.

        I tasted their new flavour - Blueberry Basil. From the one spoon I had, I thought it was amazing. I will have to go back and try a full scoop : P

        Any other AMAZING ice cream / gelato out there? One single flavour that really fulfills the promise of its name!!

        1. re: justsayn

          I've only tried a few Toronto gelato places (Hollywood, Ed's, Leonidas) but if I had to choose one flavour, it would be the pistachio from Il Gelatiere on Mount Pleasant. Incredible flavour and creaminess!

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          Il Gelatiere
          647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          1. re: ruminant

            Thanks! Pistachio is next. I used to love that place. Boy this is a tough mission I am on! : P

      2. I wasn't expecting to like it but I tried a bit of my friend's Gelato at Simply Gelato on Yorkville and I thought it was pretty good. The guy who owns/runs it had an Italian accent so I asked where he was from and he said Roma. Sounded like he used to own another Gelato shop in Toronto (Il Gelateria). Worth a try... But, prices are high (I guess standard for Yorkville where everything is expensive). One of my top gelato's in the city has been Soma though. I will try to get out to Boreal soon though.

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        1. re: ylsf

          Soma is very good.

          The new spot on the Danforth - Dolce Gelato is pretty good too! Love their passionfruit. Not entirely sure about the seeds, but it's good stuff all the same.

          1. re: millygirl

            Ed's passionfruit yogurt. OMG good!!! And no seeds. Better than Dolce's just for that alone.

            1. re: millygirl

              Ed's Mojito has spot on and even managed to capture the astringency and i don't know how they kept the grainy texture for their pear gelato. Personally I would walk that extra distance for Il Gelatere(?) instead of the convenience of Hollywood. Dolce Gelato is again convenient if you have a craving while on the danforth but the flavors are just ok. The other places I have to admit I won't be visiting as much. Even the Eaton Center has Froshberg Gelato now.

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              Dolce Gelato
              679A College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B9, CA

            2. re: millygirl

              Dolce on the Danforth has a great flavour right now (and I think it's a rotating flavour, never seen it before) - mon cheri, chocolate with amarene cherries.
              I also tried but did not love their Sicilian pistachio (it's meant to be their upscale/authentic pistachio, naturally coloured, they sometimes also have a bright green version). Not too sweet which was nice, but one of the nuts on top was actually rancid. Ugh.

            3. re: ylsf

              The person you were talking to is Alessandro Buccianti. He was one of the original partners of Il Gelatiere on Mt. Pleasant. After leaving there, he opened up Simply Gelato on Yonge (b/w Davisville and Eglinton) and the Falasca pizzeria across the street. His Yorkville location is the newest gem in his frozen dairy treat empire.

              He is the nicest, most genuine guy, and has a real passion to bring authentic Roma Italian to the city

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              Il Gelatiere
              647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

              Falasca
              2057 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 2A2, CA

              1. re: Lazar

                Yeah, the staff there seems pleasant. I went there for a 2nd time to use my own Fabfind freebie voucher and I got the "spicy chocolate" and pine nut gelatos (Roughly translating from actual Italian names) and they were both really good. However, one thing I found weird was the guy behind the counter on my 2nd trip kept asking people if they wanted whip cream on their gelato. Ever single person (at least 10) said no and he would adjust his sales pitch and be like "you want whip cream on that right?". I have never seen whip cream offered with gelato either in Canada or in Italy so I am not sure if this is that particular worker's own "twist" on it or what. He did say the whip cream was freshly made and no added sugar though..

                1. re: ylsf

                  I've had whipped cream offered in both Florence and Rome, in different gelaterias..

                  1. re: Truffles

                    Ah, okay....I guess I stand corrected .... Regardless, no one was taking it so it seemed odd to me that he was so adamant to keep offering it.

                    1. re: ylsf

                      Yes it is an obvious up sell, and I can agree with you that it can get annoying. But, I think you should try it at least once....because dammit...it is delicious. I find that it is good with the non-fruit gelato (ie. chocolate, zabaliogne, zuppa englese, etc) but it is definitely something that should be tried at least once. The gelato itself can stand on its own.

            4. I'm definitely not a gelato conosseur but I had really good pistachio gelato at a new place called Ice N Cake at Shops at Don Mills (Don Mills and Lawrence). I don't know if it's worth driving for, but if you're in the area, it's worth a look.

              They also have baked desserts, crepes and waffles. Seems like a lively spot in the evenings (lively for that area anyway).

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              1. re: greenduck

                I will second your recommendation for Ice n Cake. It is really good; I had the mango sorbetto and the strawberry sorbet and bought tasted super fresh and smooth. I really love the little touches at Ice n Cake such as when they bring you a glass of ice water (always without asking) to your table.

                I don't know if anyone else has noticed but I find that this year, Soma's gelato and sorbet is soooo much better than last year. It has a much better texture and always seems fresher. My experience is only with the Distillery location as I haven't been to the King St. store yet. I love the Chocolate Sorbetto and the blueberry one.

                1. re: icey

                  +1 for the dark chocolate sorbetto & blueberry basil from the King St SOMA.

                  1. re: fickle

                    I havent tried their sorbetto (I don't think) - how does it compare to their dark chocolate gelato? Also, I was pretty sure I had a taster spoon of the blueberry basil gelato - is it also available in sorbetto?

                    1. re: justsayn

                      I'm pretty sure you can only get the blueberry basil as sorbetto. I don't do gelato (lactose intolerant) so I can't give you a personal comparison but the folks I've gone with that have tasted my sorbetto version didn't realize it was dairy free so I'm thinking that's a good sign?

                      1. re: fickle

                        Well if it was sorbetto I sampled, it sure fooled me! Either way - delicious! Could be tomorrow's lunch! Thanks.

                        1. re: justsayn

                          The blueberry basil IS sorbetto as you mentioned and it is really great!

                          Another amazing flavour at Boreal is the pistachio!!! It was truly like eating lightly salted, freshly roasted, pistachios - amazing. While the pistachio is very good at SOMA, for me, Boreal is even better.

                          Any other amazing flavours out there to try? : P

              2. You are well advised so far! If you want to add to the list, consider Xococava on Yonge at Delisle. Usually it is fairly well staffed, and they are very encouraging about letting you try whatever you want. Very interesting Bananas Foster,

                1. I'm not sure what it's called, but there's a new-ish gelato place just south of Yonge and Eglinton that I found to be surprisingly good. The last time I went they had a chestnut gelato that pretty much made me want to live there and eat it directly out of the freezer.

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                  1. re: Michael N

                    If that place is South of Eglinton on Yonge, then you are thinking of .Gelato Simply Italian. They have been around for just over a year now (I think).

                    My mother loves the marron glacé (candied chestnut) gelato as well.