What is Gelato?
Our signature dessert. Our gelato is made with fresh natural ingredients one pan at a time honoring the traditional process of making Gelato. It is a process that combines centuries of Italian artistry and culinary genius. Anyone that has tasted authentic Gelato will tell you that is one of life’s true pleasures.
While gelato has become synonymous with ice cream, true gelato contains very little cream. This lack of cream means that gelato has significantly less butterfat. According to FDA guidelines, in order to call a frozen dessert “ice cream,” a product must have a minimum of 10 percent butterfat.
Ice cream typically is 18 to 26 percent butterfat coming from the use of heavy cream. Our dessert gelato flavors are made with whole milk and range from 4 to 7 percent fat content. Our water-based fruit flavors contain < 1 percent fat.
However, less fat does not mean less taste. When you don’t have fat masking the overall flavor, the intense natural flavorings of gelato are enhanced in every lick. Gelato has a much higher density than ice cream. Ice cream is produced by mixing cream, milk and sugar, then adding air. Due to the unique process by which it is made, gelato has a denser, smoother and creamier consistency.
Gelato is served slightly warmer than ice cream. While both ice cream and gelato are served well below the freezing temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, gelato is served 10 to 15 degrees warmer than ice cream. Because it is less solidly frozen, gelato’s taste is further enhanced as it melts in your mouth. This combination of intense flavor and density of product creates a taste sensation like no other.
Three centuries ago, northern and southern Italy created two separate and distinct gelato recipes. In the north, the people of Dolomite made gelato with fresh milk, cream and sugar. In Sicily, the southern Italians used a predominantly water-based gelato with fresh fruit.
Our gelato menu is constantly changing. We have made over 200 flavors and are creating more everyday! We offer seasonal specials, as well as year round classics. This is a list of some of our popular flavors. Please visit our store or give us a call to find out what our current gelato offerings are. Don't see the flavor you're looking for? Just ask and we'll make it for you! Custom order any flavor you like. We sell by the pint, quart or gallon for your special event! We are proud to offer specialty gelato items including sundaes, gelazzies (smoothies and shakes), cakes, pies, bars, cannolis and affagatos.