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Aug 15, 2011 09:42 AM

looking for "chewy" gelato

i'm looking for gelato with a "chewy" texture. by chewy, i mean gelato that is almost taffy-like when you scoop it out, but not necessarily because it's melting. i've tried bulgarini, al gelato, piccomolo, gelato bar, pazzo, and a few cheap imitation places but haven't found what i'm looking for. maybe it doesn't exist in LA?

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  1. Have you tried the gelato they serve at Spitz?

    2506 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

    Spitz: Home of the Doner Kebab
    371 E 2nd St # D, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. re: matikin9

      perhaps not gelato, but LA Creamery has super fluffy and over churned ice cream. It is chewy, kinda like frozen whip cream. Not my dig at all, but if you're looking...

      They have several branches.

    2. Sounds like someone heard Mario Batali on The Splendid Table this weekend :)

      Since he's the one who described this taffy-like gelato, why not check out what Mozza has on offer?

      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster

        I actually didn't hear that episode nor have I heard anyone use taffy to describe gelato. I've had mozza's gelato and like it, but it was too melty for me.

        1. re: greengelato

          Mario describing gelato as having "an almost taffy pull to it" at approx 3:40.

          It's surprising that he wouldn't be meticulous about recreating that experience at his LA restaurant.

          Mr Taster

      2. i've never had gelato as you've described it, but half the time i go to handel's it's sort of chewy. i figure it depends on the temperature.

        Handel's Ice Cream
        1882 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

        1. This sounds like Turkish Ice Cream (dondurma). The real chewy one is "mara┼č dondurmas─▒," they use salep flour (ground from the roots of a wild orchid) as one of the ingredients.


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          1. re: Mr. Roboto

            Oh wow, that is SUPER taffy-like! I've actually had ice cream in Turkey, but don't remember it being like that.

            Perhaps the gelato I'm describing only exists in Italy, which is where I've had it. Maybe they use unpasteurized milk or some other exotic substance that is illegal here in the states.

            1. re: Mr. Roboto

              A year late on this (and sent here by this thread's inclusion in a recent Chow newsletter), I am posting to note than while there may not be much Turkish ice cream around Los Angeles, there is plenty of Persian ice cream with that stretchy/chewy quality. A nice variety of flavors can be had at Saffron & Rose on Westwood Blvd. (my faves: date, cucumber), and of course at Mashti Malone's in Hollywood.