Culinary Explorer: G… for gelato


G’… for gelato and espresso bar
75 Jarvis St at Adelaide St E
Toronto, ON

 

This charming little oasis, happily situated on the south east corner and facing Saint James Park, opened last November and appears to have amassed a loyal following. The main reason…? It’s in the title. Gelato. Following in the family tradition from Italy and further bolstered by study at the Carpigiani Gelato University – in Bologna, Italy… the selection of artisanal gelato and gelato products is staggeringly beautiful.

I found myself there twice within a matter of days, conveniently with friends both times. Now, before you start judging… let me point out that this allowed for the tasting of more flavours – many more than had I gone alone. Hard to choose just one favourite, I am a Libra after all… but I was strangely and immensely enjoying my first taste ever, of a peanut butter flavour. In addition, the lemon, pistachio, vanilla, banana and hazelnut were all delicious; cool, creamy, sweet and tasting very much indeed as the name implied. As in Italy, they’ll let you try two or three flavours in either a cone or cup – especially valued by those of us that have a hard time choosing just one!

 

With exposed brick walls, whirring fans and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the park, it was airy and comfortable; a much needed respite on a hot day. The outside seating, with benches along the front and some tables and chairs down the side, would be a great vantage points for people watching, while slurping down your gelato. Friendly service and smiles, a constant supply of gelato being brought up from the kitchen and a variety of other sweets from biscotti to cannoli make this a place to return – to try it all.

Licensed (appeared to be for wine and beer – I did see the Peroni behind the counter!) and also serving soup, salads, panini, pizza and pasta – perfect for lunch or
a casual dinner. Whatever you do, just be sure to save room to try at least one flavour of gelato!!

Would I return: Si!! Especially to take visitors.  Now… if they only made cornetti alla crema!

For more info: http://gforgelato.com/

And… in case you wondering about Gelato University: http://www.gelatouniversity.com/en/?langid=en&lng=en