Kingston Eats: Mio Gelato

Located near the waterfront and right near the local gem artisanal ice-cream store, White Mountain, Mia Gelato was a huge buzz when it opened.  It’s a fun place to go to.  Gelato, sorbet, and ice-cream are sold here.  The gelatos are nicely presented in front of the customers.  Staffs are very friendly and you can always ask for a taste test before you make up your mind.  The flavours are a hit or miss.  Unfortunately there are more misses than hits for me.  A lot of the flavours are bland (to the point it is not even close to the description of its name) and are more like slush (really makes me think of bad quality sorbet) than a creamy silk gelato should be like.  On top of that, why are the gelatos all so vividly bright in colour?  I wanted to like this place but I really don’t think it’s worth my money.  I have no doubt it will stay for a long time because of the lack of competitors and afterall, it is located right at the peak tourist spot.

My ratings:
Price range: $-$$

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Mia Gelato

178 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON

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Montréal Eats: Ital Gelati Inc

La Bella Italiana has been in business since 1983. Ital gelati’s gelato is of a high quality. Their quality gelato products using methods brought back from the Italian gelaterias. It’s not the best gelato in the world, but it’s certainly not bad either.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

0711 Raspberry Swirl & Pistachio Gelato (Ital Gelati)Top: Raspberry Swirl Gelato
Bottom: Pistachio Gelato
Special note, I had this gelato in Kingston~

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Ital Gelati Inc
8390 DU CREUSOT RUE, Saint-Léonard, QC, Canada
514-322-0111

Boston Eats: Gigi Gelateria

This was not gelato.  It was a flavoured gooey batter, that had large ice crystals all over the batter.  It was really disgusting.  Just avoid this tourist trap, don’t believe in any signs they hang outside the store.

My ratings:
Price range: $

Chestnut Gelato

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Gigi Gelateria
272 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113-1804, USA
+1 617-720-4243

www.gelateriacorp.com

Portland Eats: Gorgeous Gelato

Authentic and well-made gelato.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Pistachio & Nutella Gelato
Well churned and intesely flavoured.

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Gorgeous Gelato
434 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4028, USA
+1 207-699-4309
www.gorgeousgelato.com

Philadelphia Eats: Capogiro Gelato Artisans

✣ Top pick ✣

They make real gelato here – free of additives and food colouring.  Using only good quality seasonal and local ingredients.  They also include a wide range of creative flavours (250 and counting).  I tried the sea salt and it was a very creamy milky gelato that’s bordering the savoury side.  Don’t miss out this gem when you are in Philadelphia, or any stores out of town that carries it.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Pistachio Siciliano
The very best pistachios from Sicily. Not that horrific neon green kind, the amazing olive green kind.

Sugar Plum
Yellow Cherry
Kiwi
A unique, fruit sorbetto with great texture and a refreshing taste (seasonal, local)

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans
Various locations
www.capogirogelato.com

Baltimore Eats: Pitango Gelato

✣ Top pick ✣

Based in Baltimore but now has several locations in nearby States.  I’ve been to both the DC store and the Baltimore store.  Both have the same friendly service and excellent quality of food.  They use organic and top quality ingredients to produce their award winning artisan gelato and sorbet.  This is how gelato should be made — not that junk with all sorts of artificial colouring (not to mention being mass produced and have been sitting in the freezer for god knows how many days already).  Gelato is solid and creamy.  Sorbet are uniformly mixed and doesn’t have the large ice crystals in it.  Each taste is exactly like biting into the actual ingredient.  Their coffee is also very good here, just the same quality as a top coffee house.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Amarena
Amarena is a traditional Italian sauce made with bitter cherries.  The cherries are naturally sun-baked with sugar into a syrup, creating an intense and complex flavor.  We produce our own all-organic Amarena using fresh Pennsylvania fruit mixed into our creamery Fior di Latte Gelato.

Nicciola (Hazelnut)
In Italy, Nocciola is the number-three gelato flavor after chocolate and Crema.  You’ll see why when you taste this silky treat bursting with the flavor of hazelnuts imported from Italy’s Piedmont regoin.
Affogato with Sicilian Almond Gelato
Double espresso over a scoop of gelato

Sicilian Almond Gelato
In Italy, almonds symbolize good fortune, love and fidelity.  We import ours from Sicily, where they have been cultivated for centuries; the local variety is praised for its strong, sweet flavor.  Guaranteed to bring good karma.
Cantaloupe Sorbet
We searched far and wide for the best melons we could find.  Then we discovered the organic cantaloupes from California’s Double D Farm.  After tasting out cantaloupe sorbet, we think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

Pistachio di Bronte Gelato
When it comes to pistachios, there is really only one undisputed king: Bronte, Sicily. Bronte’s pistachios are so unique that they have their own protective mark (D.O.P), very much like fine wines. This tough little nut grows in Sicily on the foothills of the active Mount Etna volcano and yields fruit only once in two years. After tasting these nuts, we decided to fly it in because there is simply nothing that comes close to its incredible flavor.

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Pitango Gelato

Various locations.

www.pitangogelato.com/