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Ice cream and gelato season 2013

prima May 6, 2013 07:34 AM

Which flavours/shops have you liked the best so far? Which shops would you travel out of your way to visit?

Simply Italian is my favourite gelato shop in Toronto right now.

  1. Nevy Jan 27, 2014 08:19 AM

    I just came back from my Italy trip and I'm smitten with the amazing artisanal quality of the gelato there. Small batches with a focus on source ingredients and local pride... it really makes a huge difference as we also had lousy gelato in the tourist trap places.

    I can safely say La Paloma is similar to the tourist trap places in Italy. Not bad to cool you down but if you want quality, this is not the place to go.

    One interesting thing in Italy is the storage of the artisnal places. They use stainless steel drums with a cover and the gelato is never on display. This is because the quality of gelato texture (softer and more fluid than ice cream) is best maintained in these drums. They also believe that your gelato doesn't need to be these ridiculous neon shades. It's ok to be muted to reflect the natural colours.

    Is Soma the only place where I can get good gelato that I experienced in Italy?

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    1. re: Nevy
      Googs Jan 28, 2014 08:19 AM

      Fratelli Village Pizzeria has some kick-ass gelato.

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        Nevy Jan 28, 2014 08:55 AM

        Thanks for the rec... if I'm ever in the far east end, I'll check it out :)

        That website should come with a disclaimer!! Cute music but a bit of a shock when you have your speaks on loud.

      2. re: Nevy
        Samtherecordman Feb 7, 2014 03:42 PM

        Check out Kekou gelato in Baldwin Village. They use the stainless steel drums you're talking about and are stabilizer free, something that gelato foodies might like.

        They are mostly Asian themed, so it's a good chance to try something different. I've been there twice and was blown away by the Vietnamese Coffee!

        Unfortunately they are closed for the winter, not sure when they are reopening. A sign on the door says sometime in the spring.

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        Degustation Oct 13, 2013 05:11 AM

        Had the pumpkin gelato at Soma yesterday - outstanding! Paul said they will carry it for another week or so, as people just get sick of pumpkin after Thanksgiving. Blueberry basil was still available.

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        1. re: Degustation
          kwass Oct 13, 2013 05:14 AM

          If you like pumpkin, you have to try the pumpkin gelato @ Boreal. It's out of this world!

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            justxpete Oct 13, 2013 08:39 AM

            Seems like we have a convert. ;)

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              kwass Oct 13, 2013 09:27 AM

              Without a doubt!!!!

        2. num nums Aug 16, 2013 06:41 PM

          Just read on The Grid about Kekou, a new place gelato place on Baldwin focused on Asian inspired flavours.

          Here's the menu:

          Lots of tasty sounding flavours like red bean white chocolate, peanut sesame, avocado banana soy .... Can't wait to try it. Will make the perfect dessert spot after some ramen at Kinton.

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            justsayn Aug 16, 2013 07:50 PM

            I was there earlier. We tried 4 flavours and thought they could spend more time working on the textures as they have done quite well on the flavours.

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              Nevy Aug 16, 2013 08:03 PM

              Thanks for sharing! I would love a mangosteen or jackfruit gelato. All the ice cream I find at T&T are filled with tons of filler so finding a good Ice cream or gelato with Asian fruit would be amazing.

              1. re: Nevy
                justsayn Aug 16, 2013 09:19 PM

                Be sure to try the spicy mango then!

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                  julesrules Aug 17, 2013 02:10 PM

                  Spicy mango sounds more Mexican than Asian to me but I am not complaining!
                  Love guava, is guava plum salt a traditional flavor combo? I just keep thinking umboshi...

                  1. re: julesrules
                    justsayn Aug 17, 2013 07:14 PM

                    Yes, actually I thought about it not sounding particularly Chinese to me when I wrote that but I was following the fruit theme plus I wondered if maybe it is a Chinese flavor I hadn't been exposed to before? I should add that it was one of the sorbets, not gelato. Dried salty plum would make an awesome gelato flavor!

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                      Nevy Aug 17, 2013 07:16 PM

                      Japanese dried persimmon would be pretty cool as well :)

                      Is the spicy mango really spicy or just a small tingle?

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                        justsayn Aug 17, 2013 07:21 PM

                        Not overly spicy at all. The ginger on the other hand was very strong with real ginger - try that one first before jumping in! Great taste but super strong. The server warned us actually so maybe they plan to tone it down?

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                        julesrules Aug 17, 2013 10:55 PM

                        I was so excited about this place I planned date night around it, and was not disappointed.
                        I'm no gelato snob or expert, and novelty does go a long way. So it was just plain fun to try this place. Of 6 flavours sampled, we only disliked cashew, which was slightly bitter. The guava plum salt was great, although I still have no idea what plum salt is or should taste like. Spicy mango was what I expected. White chocolate red bean and sesame peanut were yum!
                        It's a good fit on Baldwin, more outside seating would be a plus.

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                catherine88 Jul 29, 2013 04:44 PM

                Ed's Real Scoop on queen east has a tanzanian dark chocolate gelato that is amazing.

                1. prima Jul 25, 2013 09:36 AM

                  I'm going to be in the Beaches later today. Which flavours would you guys recommend the most at Ed's Real Scoop? I'm rarely in the area, so I'm not familiar with what ones Ed's does best. Thanks for any recs.

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                  1. re: prima
                    Michael N Jul 25, 2013 10:07 AM

                    I know it's a bit boring, but Ed's sweet cream is absolutely phenomenal. I usually get a scoop of that and another flavour, and the sweet cream is inevitably the better of the two.

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                      prima Jul 25, 2013 10:54 AM

                      Thanks! I'll give it a try!

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                        kwass Jul 25, 2013 11:18 AM

                        I'm boring too when it comes to ice cream too :) Is the sweet cream better than the vanilla?

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                          Michael N Jul 25, 2013 11:52 AM

                          It's been a while since I've had the vanilla, but I think so, yeah. There's something about the simplicity of the sweet cream that keeps me coming back again and again. It probably helps that they obviously go through a lot of it, so it's always super creamy and fresh without even a hint of iciness.

                      2. re: prima
                        jlunar Jul 25, 2013 11:39 AM

                        Really like their Mercury Espresso and blueberry pie if they have it!

                      3. scarberian Jul 15, 2013 07:56 PM

                        Anyone try that gelato place in Pickering on Hwy 2 just east of the Dairy Queen? I think it's called Ci Gusto or Mi Gusto.

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                          scarberian Aug 15, 2013 07:46 PM

                          Just tried this place and it was a let down. It's a Menchie's knock off with the exception that they also serve "gelato". I put that in quotes because it's coming out of a spout ala soft serve. You then add your toppings and then get it weighed to find out the damage you'll have to pay. They did have interesting toppings like the tapioca balls from bubble tea. They seem to have more toppings than Menchies, but certainly on par, if not even more, with the price. Overall IMHO it's meh.

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                            Michael N Aug 16, 2013 06:29 AM

                            Gelato out of a soft serve machine?? How did that taste? Did it taste anything like gelato or was it basically just soft serve?

                            1. re: scarberian
                              Googs Aug 16, 2013 08:28 AM

                              You may as well have gotten take-out gelato from Fratelli.

                              1. re: Googs
                                scarberian Aug 16, 2013 03:11 PM

                                Always willing to take one for the team Googs. You know me =) ... for the sake of gastronomy.

                                Michael, don't even bother giving it another thought. It was soft serve... expensive soft serve. Nothing more than that.

                          2. duckdown Jul 14, 2013 07:08 PM

                            Does anybody know any grocery store chains that definitely carry a half decent brand of gelato? Maybe Ciao Bella or this Gelato Fresco I keep hearing about?

                            Brampton has no gelato shops that I know of and I've checked my local Metro and Sobeys both, and came up with no results. Sobeys had a "Dorgel" brand of gelato but it looked awful

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                            1. re: duckdown
                              CocoaChanel Jul 14, 2013 08:17 PM

                              Hi DD, here is the link to retail sites from Gelato Fresco's website.


                              1. re: CocoaChanel
                                CocoaChanel Jul 20, 2013 07:55 PM

                                Just had the Devil's Chocolate from GF. Soooo good. Cocoa type taste to it, thick, no overrun. Wonderful. Looking forward to trying more flavours.

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                                  Googs Jul 22, 2013 07:09 AM

                                  I occasionally add a light smear of the Gelato Fresco raspberry sorbet to the Devil's Chocolate. Absolute heaven. Not that the Devil's C needs any help.

                                  1. re: CocoaChanel
                                    Googs Jul 24, 2013 11:27 AM

                                    Here are some other fun things you can make with Gelato Fresco.

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                                      CocoaChanel Jul 24, 2013 05:06 PM

                                      Oh dear. It's not like I need the encouragement. ;)

                                2. re: duckdown
                                  prima Jul 15, 2013 01:15 PM

                                  Pusateri's carries Ciao Bella.

                                  1. re: duckdown
                                    sasgirl Jul 25, 2013 11:06 AM

                                    Duckdown, Whole Foods by Square One has Gelato Fresco.

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                                    MiriamOttawa Jul 6, 2013 09:08 PM

                                    I really like Malak pastry on Bank st in Ottawa.
                                    It is a Lebanese bakery and they make their gelato and ice cream with only real, fresh ingredients and no fruit puree or flavorings.
                                    If you get raspberry sorbet it has actual pieces of real raspberry in it.
                                    But I tried a cherry ice cream once and it did not have as much taste- prob because they used fresh cherries and nothing like almond or cherry flavour- it was still good, just not my favorite.
                                    My mother loves the banana gelato and buys 4 liters at a time as they do not make it every week- so she orders it ahead and brings it home (she is in montreal).

                                    Malak had a amazing dark chocolate raspberry gelato last year and it was so good and not too sweet and had raspberry pieces in it!
                                    They also make Lebanese ice cream called Ashta- I have yet to see any other place in my city make it.
                                    It is really different from any other ice cream- it is kind of gummy, has some rosewater (I think) and pistachios or almonds.
                                    The owner is also very nice and will let you try pretty much all the kinds of gelato if you want and you can get several kinds in one cup- even for the small cups.
                                    And often enough the owner might also give people a cookie or pastry to try :)

                                    Also forgot, they have REAL pistachio ice cream- not that green stuff with tons of almond extract and no nuts.
                                    But they use real cream, milk, pistachios and there is actual bits of nut in it too!


                                    1. duckdown Jun 29, 2013 09:02 PM

                                      I keep hearing people on other sites rant about Greg's Roasted Marshmallow ice cream.

                                      Is there anywhere to get this stuff in Peel? I heard that there was some kind of chocolate store that was reselling it, but I can't find mention of it now, and don't recall the name.

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                                        slovenmind Jun 28, 2013 02:54 PM

                                        I love Sweet Olenkas in Etobicoke, fair distant from Toronto center, but they have best Creamy ice cream around. Taste is way better than Eds, which I found soft and not as fatty lol...also cheaper I think. I like they are small and produce small batches and always rotate what ever coming out. Oh this is A CHOCOLATE place, Truffles, Rich Cakes, and desserts, best Brownie ever, Bailey's drops are nice too.
                                        Iced Cream
                                        Creme Brulee a staple, Chocolate Baileys mmm so good it kinda surprises people who are reluctant. Chocolate Chip(since they make their own chocolate/truffles it the best I have, and not green to my friends surprise), Coconut is good, Lemon is tart and ok. Cholcate, milk cholcate, brownie fudge, Dark, I think they are good.
                                        Expect seasonal flavours like Peach, Pumpkins, and one offs lie Cardamon and apricot, Guinness, Raspberry Oreo, Ginger and Chocolate sells out fast!, Sangria!, Rum based, Fig and Goat Cheese was weird but I bought a PINT for $5.99. Strawberry was good(might have been a cheese cake).

                                        Order a cake is good and worth 35 bucks. 2-3 days ahead.

                                        They also make the best ICE CREAM cakes too, because of the cake they use is nice and bubble like an Aero bar not dry and stiff like that other CHAIN place!

                                        only 2 taste per visit! chose wise

                                        You can order a Litre or Pint and mix and match. I had 3 flavours once i one Pint.

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                                          Snarf Jun 27, 2013 02:03 PM

                                          If you don't mind a drive, the Lubecker marzipan dark chocolate ice cream at Haisai is fantastic.

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                                            justxpete Jun 28, 2013 02:39 PM

                                            Sounds amazing.

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                                            pvgirl Jun 24, 2013 06:19 PM

                                            We had gelato here 2 nights during our trip:


                                            Close to hotel (Yorkville). Two thumbs up. And the espresso at $2/serving was excellent too. Can't compare it to any other place in Toronto (have never been). But it's worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. Robyn

                                            1. duckdown Jun 22, 2013 10:09 AM

                                              How does La Paloma in Woodbridge compare to these places mentioned in Toronto?

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                                              1. re: duckdown
                                                Jacquilynne Jun 22, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                It's serving the same product as the La Paloma on the St. Clair, but never seemed to have any of the more interesting flavors, just the standard stuff. I feel like the product got worse even on St. Clair when they started opening the locations up North -- maybe the need to do higher volume meant it was less carefully made or used lesser ingredients?

                                                It's not terrible, and I used to go to the one at 7 and Weston if I was shopping in the area, but it's not great, either.

                                                1. re: Jacquilynne
                                                  duckdown Jun 29, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                  Yeah we've been to La Paloma a few times in the last few months and it only seems so-so now.. Just wanted to make sure that it wasn't considered better than these other mentioned places. Although I think the La Paloma in Woodbridge probably does 10 times the business of any of these other places; the place is disturbingly busy in the summer time.. I mean lineup out the doors into the parking lot type of thing

                                                  I've been to Hollywood Gelato on Bayview a couple years ago and that place was awesome. Too bad I just live way too far away, and never ever find myself in that area anymore

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                                                Snarf May 30, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                I will preface my remark by saying that chocolate is what I will order eight times out of ten. Hotel Gelato has a very decent dark chocolate that has a lot of depth and good texture. Delight on Dundas in the Junction is doing interesting things as well, including a blue cheese ice cream that actually works.

                                                Nice to hear that Via Mercanti is in the mix. If it's of the same quality and attention as the rest of their food, it will be great!
                                                I think SI makes product for a coffee shop on Augusta. I remember having a blood orange that was good. Had another flavour on Bayview that tasted like Ivory Soap. We all have bad days.

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                                                1. re: Snarf
                                                  Jar Jun 13, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                  There are so many great flavours to choose from, but if both flavours are great, my favourite cone is with chocolate and banana scoops! A great combination!

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                                                  ylsf May 30, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                  Had the basil/blueberry sorbet at SOMA yesterday. Hit the spot, nice and refreshing

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                                                    Lanamary May 29, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                    I think that the best gelato I've had in toronto is Arte Gelato at Davenport and bloor. Great fresh ingredients, excellent flavour and texture. Loved pistachio, lemon/basil, and chocolate coconut!

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                                                    1. re: Lanamary
                                                      prima Jun 21, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                      I've been to Arte Gelato for espresso, when I've been in the neighbourhood, but I haven't tried their gelato yet. Will have to try the lemon/basil!

                                                      For anyone who likes coupon clipping, there's a downloadable coupon on their website.

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                                                      piccola May 29, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                      I live right by the Lansdowne Cone and I've been known to get some ice cream and call it dinner. I'm a big fan of their pistachio-almond crunch, as well as the Grapenuts flavour (yes, like the cereal).

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                                                        crawfish Jun 22, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                        Cool, I've only seen grape nut ice cream in Maine. I didn't think we even had Grapenuts cereal in Canada. Awful stuff, never understood the appeal.

                                                        1. re: crawfish
                                                          TeacherFoodie Jun 22, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                          I had grapenut ice cream growing up in Nova Scotia. It seems to be a Maritime thing here (in Canada).

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                                                        ragged25 May 29, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                        Pear and hazelnut at Hollywood gelato always does the trick for me.

                                                        I just returned from Santorini and Athens and had some of the best strawberry and mango gelato/sorbets, the flavour was unlike anything I've ever tasted. The mango one almost had a floral flavour similar to alphonso mangoes. Also had a Vin Santo sorbet that was unbelievable. Drooling just thinking about them.

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                                                          eviemichael Jul 24, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                          Are you talking about Lolita's Gelato place in Oia? I'll be there soon! Can't wait!

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                                                            ragged25 Jul 24, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                            I didn't quite get the name of the place, but it's steps away from the bus stop in Oia. That was the place I got the Vin Santo one, so refreshing in a hot day!

                                                            I'm wondering whether there's any shops in Toronto that does an ice wine version of sorbet? I wouldn't mind paying a little premium for it.

                                                            1. re: ragged25
                                                              eviemichael Aug 15, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                              Yes, that's the one! I will try the Vin Santo flavor in a few weeks when I'm there for sure.

                                                        2. justxpete May 29, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                          I've been going to Boreal a lot lately (probably too much!). I think they're getting better and better at their craft. My SO and I were recently out in Vancouver for a quite a while, and we were going to Bella Gelateri, that won an award (In Italy, no less) as the World's Best Gelato (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british...). Well, my SO and I both think that Boreal is actually better than Bella Gelateria (at least for the chocolate, anyway). They're clearly doing something very, very well. My favorites are the Pistachio and Chocolate, and rarely do I stray.

                                                          On a side note - I found out that they use natural oils to make their root beer gelato.

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                                                          1. re: justxpete
                                                            justsayn May 31, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                            +1 Pistachio is so great.

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                                                              justxpete Jun 1, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                              I'd put their Pistachio up against anyone's - easily.

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                                                                justsayn Jun 22, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                I have been a huge fan of Boreal's pistachio for a long time now but it may have a contender...early to say as I had just a tiny taste spoon, but Manic Coffee seems to be serving some serious pistachio. Can anyone comment?

                                                                1. re: justsayn
                                                                  justxpete Jun 24, 2013 05:06 PM


                                                                  (but seriously - serious?)

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                                                                    justsayn Jun 24, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                    It was an itty bitty taste!! Not enough to rate the texture but the flavour was as real as can be! Have you tried it and strongly disagree, or are you just shocked it could be possible? I hear ya on Boreal...also LOVE her chocolate banana.

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                                                                      justxpete Jun 24, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                      Shocked it could be possible! Keep me posted if you go back... Haven't tried the chocolate banana as yet- but will look out for it.

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                                                                        justsayn Jul 14, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                        Everyone finds their favourites...and it is certainly subjective.

                                                                        If you like Boreal for its natural toasted pistachio taste and the simplicity of the ingredients, you probably noticed that bite after bite it never gets sugary nor does the flavour get tiring. The balance of sugar is perfect and the product just melts in your mouth to milk. No gummy or syrupy feel to be had even slightly. Manic Coffee delivered almost that exact same experience today with its pistachio and its roasted banana flavours. This gelato is arguably on par with Boreal as the cleanest/purest gelato out there. The pistachio is very similar and some may prefer that it includes the odd piece of fresh (not soggy) pistachio. It doesn't quite melt down to the same clean milk feel but it is very, very, close. The roasted banana was amazing in that it never became too sweet while the banana still packed a punch. Every once in a while you would get the feel and flavours of banana puree mixed into the gelato.

                                                                        I think I will hit up Manic more often than Boreal now. There is a much better range of flavours in my opinion, and some I can't wait to try!

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                                                                          justxpete Jul 15, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                          Good post! Manic also has some great coffee, was there last week for a meeting. Didn't try their Gelato, however, but will next time. Geographically, Boreal is much closer to me - so I'll be hard pressed to switch.

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                                                                            justsayn Jul 15, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                            Thanks. Yes, I love Manic's coffee too. It is unique in the city.

                                                                            I will always support Boreal because she worked hard to get the place going and has remained consistent with the high quality of her ingredients. But right now Manic's series of chocolate flavours deserves my personal and undivided attention ; )

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                                                                            kwass Jul 15, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                            I haven't tried one myself, but do you know that Boreal also does ice cream sandwiches...i.e., gelato between 2 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?

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                                                                              justsayn Jul 15, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                              Yes I saw that! She calls them burgers. Thanks!

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                                                                                ylsf Jul 16, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                Burger Priest (at least the Queen/Spadina location) is also doing this now

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                                                                                  jlunar Jul 16, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                  And don't forget that White Squirrel has ice cream sammies too.

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                                                                  ylsf Jul 15, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                  Drove by Boreal last night around 9:40 pm. Large group of people out from of Boreal and inside. Didn't notice anyone in the "pizza and gelato" place next door.

                                                                  Also, noticed a sign on Queen street for a gelato place north of Queen on Bathurst (sign said 100m north). I forget the name (something like "places"??) . Anyone been to that spot?

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                                                                    jlunar Jul 15, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                    Is the "places" thing open!? I totally forgot about them. I can make a visit later if you think they've opened doors...

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                                                                      justsayn Jul 15, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                      Yes. It's been open for a couple of weeks now. Forget the name. Large selection said to be made in-house.

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                                                                        ylsf Jul 15, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                        Did you try it justsayn?

                                                                        jlunar... You now have an excuse to get gelato this afternoon if the heat wasn't enough of a reason :)

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                                                                          justsayn Jul 15, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                          I did try it but I was not necessarily clear headed enough to now comment... Maybe the name was Gelato Palace?

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                                                                            ukers Jul 15, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                            The place is Food Palace Gelato on Bathurst just north of Queen. We tried it and the texture is very smooth, perfect temperature (at least for me, I like to take a bite!). I had the salted caramel - nice caramel taste, not enough salt perhaps, but still very tasty. My husband had the chocolate and it had an intense chocolateness to it. We would definitely go back, especially since it's in the hood.

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                                                                              jlunar Jul 16, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                              Thanks for the update! Might make an afternoon visit today :D

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                                                                  JRKyummy May 20, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                  Dolce, on Danforth, is the only ice cream that I'll eat.

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                                                                    justxpete Jun 20, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                    I had Dolce last weekend during taste of Italy. Honestly, it pales in comparison to what's on offer at Boreal. You should give it a try.

                                                                  2. CocoaChanel May 20, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                    Just had blood orange gelato from Hollywood Gelato Yep, still my favourite.

                                                                    1. happycamper May 17, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                      The Arrow Cafe on Dundas has been carrying yummy buffalo ice cream from Monforte.
                                                                      They brought in some strawberry sheep milk ice cream this year. Looks delish as well.

                                                                      1. num nums May 16, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                        Just noticed that Pizzeria Via Mercanti in Kensington Market has started selling house made gelato/sorbetto. They had a selection of around 6 flavours covering the basics. Such as chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, lemon, wild strawberry, etc.

                                                                        Their normal serving is $4.50 for two flavours. I had pistachio and strawberry. First, the serving was very generous. I liked the very smooth texture. Some places chill the gelato way too cold. The strawberry had a nice balance of tart and sweet. The pistachio flavour was not as pronounced. I liked it had a natural muted green colour and not the artififical almost neon green commonly seen.

                                                                        I'm not sure if I'd make a special trip for it. But it's a welcome addition to the booming KM area. Especially with Mr. Cream gone and the Latin cafe close to El Trompo hasn't served gelato in many years. Hopefully Via Mercanti will keep this a regular warm weather item.

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                                                                          pinstripeprincess Jun 9, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                          was passing by and had the gelato at Via Mercanti and while the strawberry fruit flavour was quite nice and fresh seeming, they're clearly using stabilizers in their gelato. there was a distinct gumminess and elasticity that gelato should never have.

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                                                                            crawfish Jun 22, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                            Well, I guess I know nothing about gelato because I had a bite of Via Mercanti's pistachio and I was blown away. I don't usually like pistachio gelato even though I love pistachios. We all did an instant WOW including an Italian friend.

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                                                                              prima Jun 22, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                              I haven't been to Via Mercanti, but I've noticed the texture/gumminess can vary from flavour to flavour at the same gelato shop. Most shops seem to have winners and losers. I usually detect gumminess in the fruit flavours.

                                                                              1. re: prima
                                                                                pinstripeprincess Jun 22, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                this was beyond anything i've ever experienced at any place i've had before. it was bizarre watching it pull back the way it did. i'm not sure about their other flavours but that fruit one was not right.

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                                                                                  prima Jun 22, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                  I remember finding the fruit flavours gummy at Dolce on College a few years ago, but I haven't tried any of their gelato recently.

                                                                        2. Googs May 15, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                          The Gelato Simply Italian that I had (and still have in my freezer) was godawful. Softening agents and cheap ingredients godawful. I can't bring myself to eat another bowl. What flavour(s) have you had luck with?

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                                                                          1. re: Googs
                                                                            prima May 15, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                            I liked the passionfruit and the fondente nonlatte on my last visit. I tend to stick to tart (passionfruit, lemon, raspberry, rhubarb), herbal (various fruit flavours with basil, thyme or lemongrass), dark chocolate, coffee or mint when I order gelatos/sorbets/ice creams.

                                                                            I haven't found a strawberry gelato, sorbet or ice cream that I like more than Haagen Daz strawberry. I've been unimpressed by the strawberry gelato in TO. That being said, I haven't tried Belly or any other smaller batch, upscale strawberry ice creams yet.

                                                                            I'm not a big fan of vanilla or other milky/creamy flavours, so I rarely order them. I tend to avoid most nut flavours in Toronto, after a few too many experiences with rancid nuts. I usually find pistachio gelato too creamy for my taste.

                                                                            Which flavours did you think were godawful?

                                                                            Where do you find your favourite gelati, and which flavours are your favourites in Toronto?

                                                                            1. re: prima
                                                                              Googs May 16, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                              So, after reading this I decided to give my little box from Simply Italian Gelato another try. The verdict? After a few bites, I threw out the box. There was about 2/3 left, but I figure the money was well spent on a lesson learned. It's bad to the point that I found it an insult to the consumer.

                                                                              I'm perfectly happy to eat Gelato Fresco at home. I can read the ingredients on the label and content myself in knowing it's chemical free. When out, the gelato being served at Fratelli Village Pizzeria is knock-your-socks-off fantastic. If I lived in the area, I'd drop by for just that.

                                                                              1. re: Googs
                                                                                prima May 16, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                I'm so sorry to hear it was so disappointing for you, and I'm sad that my praise of SI ended up with you feeling insulted, and feeling like you wasted your money.

                                                                                I realize you absolutely detest the product, but which flavours had you purchased ?

                                                                                Which flavours do you recommend at Fratelli's?

                                                                                Which GF flavours do you recommend the most? I found some of their fruit flavours ok (lemon, raspberry, mango) but I didn't find them to be better than what I'd get elsewhere. I haven't bought any GF non-fruit flavours, so I'd love some recs for other flavours.

                                                                                1. re: prima
                                                                                  Googs May 17, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                  It wasn't your fault at all. No worries. I took the chance and it didn't work out. I'd rather not identify what I purchased yet since that may identify me. I usually wait at least 2 weeks if not a month before posting anything just so I can remain anonymous. In this case, I felt the need to say something so people approach with caution if at all. Call me paranoid, but there you have it.

                                                                                  Fratelli Village Pizzeria has gelato provided by a 3rd party who makes small batches. It appears as a special at this point and not part of the daily menu. You get the flavour they have that day. It was that moment of delight that first time I had a bite. That moment when you realize, "ah this is what it's supposed to be like." Fresh, sexy mouthfeel, pure ingredients, flavour that shines through brightly. The kind of moment that makes you wanna exclaim, "HEY everybody Try THIS!"

                                                                                  Gelato Fresco is what I eat at home until I break down and get my own maker. My go-to is Devil's Chocolate. I also like the raspberry especially when I spread a thin coating of it on the DC for a sort of make-your-own reverse-tartufo. The Milanese Vanilla is the vanilla-of-choice in my home. Summers I like the Sicilian Lemon and it loves wine.

                                                                                  1. re: Googs
                                                                                    prima May 17, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                    Thanks, Googs.
                                                                                    I'll check out Fratelli this summer, and pick up a few of the GF flavours you've mentioned to stock my freezer.

                                                                                    1. re: prima
                                                                                      prima Jul 15, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                      So- I tried the GF Milanese Vanilla, and a GF rasberry ice (single serving- sort of a gelato freezie). Liked the raspberry ice. The Milanese vanilla was good, but I prefer Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream (realize I'm comparing 2 different things).

                                                                                      Also have recently tried Belly's basil gelato from Pusateri's, which is pretty good, but I like the results I got from stirring a fresh basil syrup into softened vanilla ice cream (then refreezing- for a vacherin recipe) even better.

                                                                                    2. re: Googs
                                                                                      Ediblethoughts Jun 21, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                      Have you tried creme brulee? It really tastes like creme brulee.

                                                                              2. re: Googs
                                                                                Michael N May 15, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                I thought the chestnut gelato was pretty great, but then again that was a couple of years ago, so I don't know if the place has gone downhill in the interim (also, I went back a bit later to get that flavour again and they didn't have it, so I guess it's not on the permanent rotation).

                                                                                1. re: Michael N
                                                                                  prima May 15, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                  Quite a few of the more interesting flavours aren't in frequent rotation. Sometimes Simply Italian tweets when certain flavours are available. I suppose one could also send Simply Italian a tweet, to see if/when/where chestnut might be available.https://twitter.com/punto_Gelato

                                                                                  1. re: Michael N
                                                                                    MiriamOttawa Jul 6, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                    Maybe call and see if you can do a special order.
                                                                                    I know the store I go to (Malak pastry, ottawa) I was told you can order a specific flavour if you buy at least 2 or 4 liters?
                                                                                    My mother loves the banana ice cream/gelato and it is not made very often-and shes from out of town...
                                                                                    -even in the winter they make it for her (they do not make gelato in winter there, it seems).

                                                                                2. prima May 14, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                  Rhubarb lovers, the rhubarb sorbet at Nota Bene is amazing. It's the best tasting fruit sorbet I've ever had in Toronto.

                                                                                  1. jlunar May 6, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                    Haven't had anything other than SOMA this season, but boy was it good. Blueberry Basil and Mango!! <3

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                                                                                    1. re: jlunar
                                                                                      prima May 6, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                      I'll have to try the blueberry basil. I tried a pineapple basil at at another shop a few years ago. Really like basil/fruit combos and chile/fruit (such as spicy mango- not sure where it's being sold right now) flavours.

                                                                                      1. re: prima
                                                                                        pinstripeprincess May 9, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                        the blueberry is amped up this year and the basil a bit amped down, very subtle but complementary. the texture is getting better on their sorbets and beautiful as ever for their gelatos. i think they're improving each year, even if it's by small amounts for the great ones.

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