Bella Gelateria- If You Have Never Tried Their Gelato, You're Missing Out! ~ Eating With Kirby

5 January 2012

Bella Gelateria- If You Have Never Tried Their Gelato, You're Missing Out!

Oh my gosh, I finally tried the famous Bella Gelateria! I have heard so much about their irresistible handcrafted gelato over the past few years and I’ve gotta say, why the heck have I not been here sooner?!

After having dinner with Diana (foodology), Gloria (I’m busyeating), Amy (foodqueen), Janice (good eat), and Jenny (eatwithjenny), we decided to get some dessert at Bella Gelateria.

We went around 9pm and the place was already full with barely any tables left. After we ordered, another rush of people came and the place was completely packed...and it wasn’t even a weekend!

They have a variety of unique gelato flavours such as Earl Grey Tea, Rosewater, Pumpkin Pie, Salted Caramel, Lavender, and Fior di Latte.

James (the master gelato maker) was incredibly friendly and suggested a few popular flavours.

I wanted to sample as many flavours as I could to pick the ‘right’ choice but once I tried the Salted Caramel, I knew I had to get that one.

So I ordered the Salted Caramel ($4.91) single scoop and it was definitely one of the most unique ice-cream flavours I have ever tasted! I thought the salt would be subtle but boy was I wrong! It was surprisingly salty without being...too salty. I don’t know how James does it but he somehow found the perfect balance between sweet and savoury because even though the ice-cream tasted salty, it still remained very caramely and sweet. This was AWESOME!

Amy ordered the Ginger Snap single scoop and it tasted exactly like ginger snaps! There were even chunks of ginger snaps in the ice-cream.

Gloria ordered the Pistachio single scoop and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I normally dislike pistachio ice-cream A LOT, but this one tasted different from all the others in the past. You can tell this one is made with real pistachios and not just pistachio puree (like the others). I think that is what made the huge difference.

Diana had the Earl Grey Tea single scoop and it was pretty good. I personally found the earl grey flavour a bit too subtle for me though.

Janice had the Espresso single scoop and wowza! If you ever need a pick-me-up when studying for exams, get this because it’ll knock you right into gear. The espresso flavour was incredibly rich and prominent, but not to the point of being bitter. I might have to come back again just to order this.

When we left, we noticed an old fashioned Bella Gelateria cart outside. I hope it actually works so they can bike around downtown selling yummy gelato in the summer! I’d totally hunt them down!

Even though a scoop of ice-cream is quite expensive, it is well worth it because you know you are going to get superb quality gelato made by a person who truly loves what he does and will use the freshest and best ingredients possible.

Based on these reasons:
  • Not super close to any Skytrain station so it's best to drive
  • amazing handcrafted gelato
  • quite expensive for a single scoop but the quality makes up for it

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 5/5
Price: $

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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5 reacties:

  1. i love their gelatos!!!! soooooo delicious. the owner won the awards for the best gelato in Canada (or north america) i think?

  2. James is crazy!! He's won so many awards and has a degree in gelato making (i think).

    Great review!!

  3. Yeah! James even mentioned that he uses salt exported from the UK just to make the Salted Caramel ice-cream! And I think he said the salted caramel flavour won him some competitions too :P

  4. I tried the old fashioned chocolate. A bit traditional, but it was different from the chocolate gelato I've had elsewhere. I love the place, but never had a chance to go back!

  5. I've been to this restaurant and I love everything that we ordered. They're vanilla ice cream is so heavenly. It's just that I have sensitive teeth that I didn't fully enjoy the ice cream. I think I'll ask my Bartlett dentist for a toothpaste for sensitive teeth before it gets worse.


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