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Aug 3, 2014 06:37 PM

Alert: Bulgarini Culver City is No More

There is a sign on the storefront referring customers to the Altadena location.

Sad to see Bulgarini leave its West LA location...

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  1. Wha happnd ??????

    i only visited once maybe that was the problem.

    Or the refrigeration there was the craps ?????


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    1. re: kevin

      a gelatoria that closes at six, but is nowhere near offices, nor near good thoroughfares, and charges $8 for a thimbleful of gelato, is not a great business model.

      i loved their flavors, but all the rest of the experience was awful

      1. re: westsidegal

        It depends on how passionately you like (no, make that love) the end product. For me, Leo's gelato is so good that I was (and still am) overlooking all that "awful"ness.

        While the Culver City shop was conveniently closer to me (and thus I'm sad to see it go), I have no qualms shlepping out to Altadena from the Westside with nothing else on the agenda other than to eat many thimblefuls of that wondrous $8 Bulgarini Gelato.

        1. re: J.L.

          you sir, have too much time on your hands. that's like a 2 hour commitment just to get some gelato.

          1. re: TailbackU

            yeah, and at 9 bucks a tiny scoop, i'd need a dozen, which would make it over a hundred bucks for me just.

            1. re: TailbackU

              Must I again refer back to the Chowhound Manifesto? :-)

              1. re: J.L.

                exactly, have i not driven just to SF for food or to SB for food, even SD ?????

                though i haven't made the trek to Paris just for food just yet.

                and that ain't no joke obviously.

                1. re: kevin

                  difference being, SF and SB both offer something more than just food. Altadena on the other hand....

                  you haven't been to Paris yet? god you're such a wannabe foodie ;)

                  1. re: TailbackU

                    sorry, take away my street cred.

                    1. re: J.L.

                      i know i know i know.

                      it's hard when one is verging dangerously close to BK.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Add Beijing: best Spanish food on this planet.

                        1. re: J.L.


                          Huntington Park and Whittier.

                          Keeping it real in the 562.

                      2. re: J.L.

                        J.L.: for some of us, the realities of life impinge. ..
                        maybe in my next life, i will be you. . . .

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          and that's why you're mostly westside-centric, right ???? :)

                          1. re: kevin

                            add to that,
                            1) i enjoy alcohol with dinner and don't enjoy driving after having imbibed said alcohol.

                            2) i very much enjoy the benefits of having a regular rotation and i'm not interested in sacrificing those benefits in order to pursue new finds located hours away from me.
                            as it is, i'm overdue to go back to orleans and york and to Fig, both of which are right in my backyard.

                            3) the eats that are now available close to me have improved so much that my motivation to travel is much reduced.
                            as much as i enjoyed Vito's pizza, i'm not going to drive by the excellent product offered by South End or by Settebello to get it.

                    2. re: westsidegal

                      I could not possibly agree with you more, WSG. You've perfectly captured my sentiments.

                    3. re: kevin

                      Yeah, Bulgarini makes great gelato but I personally had two negative experiences in the (Altadena) store. Both involved Leo behaving in an unflattering manner. This was before the 3-scoop minimum was enforced. Add the two factors together, and I am less likely to visit the shop in-person.

                      1. re: running pig

                        "unflattering manner"

                        Please describe further.

                        1. re: running pig

                          Did you or someone else bad mouth Liguria's football team? LOL

                        1. I would venture to guess it was a quality issue. Leo knows he charges $8 for gelato, so he's very strict with his standards. If the customer isn't going to get the best for their $8, then don't even bother.

                          The CC location was also much closer to me (went a couple of times), but I always felt better about making the trip to Altadena, because I knew how well the product was cared for there...not to mention, a more varied selection.

                          Didn't something similar happen when Bulgarini was served in the Staples Center? Didn't last too long because they were throwing toppings on it? LOL

                          1. $8 for a tiny scoop?? $40 for four people.... That's worse robbery than what we were served on the Las Vegas strip..... At least there you get some entertainment thrown in for free.... People who fall for this shit are not true chowhounds in my book.....

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                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              sorry, my bad, to be fair, it's actually three scoops…. but wait second…. wait a second… each of the three scoops is the size of a regulation size jaw breaker, so the three together is one regulation size scoop of gelato. buff said.

                              it may actually also be more like 7.75 or 7.95, but with tax, and tip ???? who knows ?????????

                              no joke.

                              Dirty, try it once at least i would say. get the pistachio and whatever other flavor. but it is very artisanal stuff like the difference between Bulgarinia and your avg gelato is similar to the difference between conveyor belt sushi and Shunjji.

                              hope that makes sense.

                              but still… it's pricey as all hell.

                              1. re: kevin

                                If I were in my old stomping grounds of Altadena/Pasadena, and if I could eat gelato, I would. But I'm not and I can't. Do they sell sorbet/sorbetto? Even if they do, I can't justify the ride out there with gas at $4 a gallon.... We have perfectly acceptable sorbet here on the Westside somewhere.....

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  Got it, they do have sorbets too to my knowledge, like the blood orange, etc maybe mango, pure fruit flavors, i think i had it once though that was at the Culver City location.

                                  yeah, i guess since you're in the Pasadena area already and you're not a fan of gelato, as opposed to sorbetto, yea, you can skip out unless of course you're already in the area one day hitting up another restaurant or something.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    kevin: in all fairness, the bulgarini chocolate sorbettos are mind-blowing

                                2. re: kevin

                                  << the difference between Bulgarini and your avg gelato is similar to the difference between conveyor belt sushi and Shunjji.>>

                                  kevin: i'd correct that to say that the difference MAY BE similar to the difference between conveyor belt sushi and shunji.

                                  when i got ice chunks in my bulgarini gelato and hard almond shells in my bulgarini gelato it certainly didn't compare that well.
                                  it's sort of like the girl with the strawberry curl.
                                  when it is good, it is very, very, good.

                                  and when it is bad, it is still very, very, expensive

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    Best gelato I've ever had by a mile in a super touristy town no less. Only cost under €2 a scoop. Fed 3 people for €8 ....

                                    I think we're paying too much for good gelato in LA... I confess I still reluctantly pay Grom's prices however Bulgarini was tough to swallow the couple times I was there (Altadena and CC)

                                    1. re: Sgee

                                      I'm sorry but the pictures of that gelato doesn't look too great. If you flip through the site, they clearly show them using vegetable oils and other thickeners to modify the product.

                              2. Hey Kevin- some pretty rough language, mocking a certain group of people, general crudeness in front of customers.