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Arte Gelato and Caffe

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on September 27, 2011 / review policy

Arte Gelato and CaffeArte Gelato and Caffé has opened just in time to say goodbye to summer. Of course, it's not the most opportune time to introduce Bloor and Dovercourt to its perfect-for-hot-weather treat, but permits, construction, and general business miscellany can be mighty delayers indeed.

But owner Sebastian Silvestro remains unperturbed, and his new and doting customers are just happy Arte is here at last.

Arte Gelato"Are you writing an article about this place?" a mom asks, catching a glance as my notebook, as she and her son scan the counter of flavours. "Be sure to write that the neighbourhood is so happy this place is finally open," she says. "The sign was teasing us all summer!"

Well now it's time to rejoice, Dovercourt Park friends. As of about two weeks ago, Arte Gelato is open for business seven days a week, serving 45 flavours of house-made gelato along with espresso, other coffee drinks, and waffles and panini to come.

Arte Gelato"That's some of what I'm thinking for the winter," Sebastian says as we sit down to talk about his plans for the coming months. "We just got those waffle-makers today, and we'll do some hot sandwiches, that sort of thing," he says.

Despite our panini talk, it's clear Sebastian derives his passion primarily from his gelato. "I always wanted to do this," he says. "I liked the science; you can make gelato out of anything you want.

Arte GelatoAfter years working in sewing machine mechanics, of all things, Sebastian opened his first gelato shop in Oakville about four years ago. But he always had his eye on the Toronto market and finally seized the opportunity when the former space of Belo Fashions became available, decking it out with colour-changing lights, floating glass shelves, hanging lamps, and plenty of tables and chairs.

Arte gelatoThe flavours range from the traditional pistachio, lemon, raspberry, and tiramisu, to kid-approved bubble gum, Skor, and more. Sebastian says vegan-friendly, sugar-free, and gluten-free gelato options are in the works, as well as his patio space, again pending permit approval.

I order small lemon gelato ($3.50, $5.30 for a large), which is packed high above the rim, decorated with an Italian cookie, adding a nice touch. Arte's gelato is creamy--not icy--due, of course, to the milk, and the lemon packs a nice tartness that cuts through the sweet. Unfortunately, I lose my gelato battle to the unusually warm September night, which melts the last of my frozen treat just before I'm fully through. Perhaps opening a gelato shop at the end of summer isn't such a bad idea after all.

Arte Gelato

Arte Gelato

Arte GelatoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

17 Comments

David / September 27, 2011 at 02:27 pm
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Not sure I understand this part "Arte's gelato is creamy--not icy--due, of course, to the milk" Most fruit is made without milk and when done well has a very creamy texture without milk!
margarets / September 27, 2011 at 02:47 pm
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I've been to this place twice (it's near my home) and YUM! This is going to be a regular treat for me, even in winter.
brock / September 27, 2011 at 08:16 pm
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This is also near my place too. The customer service is excellent. Super-friendly staff and the gelato is amazing! With sugar-free options. Will definitely go back and take people with me.
Jeff / September 27, 2011 at 09:16 pm
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I was a big fan of his shop in Oakville and so were my Italian parents. Sad to see him sell it (gelato just isn't the same without him). I managed to stop by Arte a few weeks ago (it is across the street from Comedy Bar) and the staff were really friendly. As for the gelato, I had the pistachio and unfortunately I didn't taste much "pistachio" flavour for some reason but the bacio was great. Definitely will be back, figure it was an off day for the pistachio
luigi / September 28, 2011 at 08:47 am
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Wonderful and very very beatiful shop or better than the kingdom of the italian gelato!!!!
The hole thingh not so much good is ... the owner Sebastiano becouse not sexy and not young, but he is a teacher about house-made gelato.
Please, we arrived from England and we think that we never ate so good icecream.
concord / October 5, 2011 at 05:33 pm
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This maybe good but I always go across the road to the small cake shop and order the ice cream sandwich .... fantastic !
lulaore / October 15, 2011 at 06:08 pm
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Such great quality and yummy flavors of ice-cream. Been there twice and will continue to do so! A real treat to have it in the neighborhood
John Chantry / April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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If you are truly a connoisseur of Gelato, Arte Gelato will far surpass your expectaions. I have had the opportunity to sample a number of their unique flavours, as well as some standards,two words, simply delicious. The cafe itself is beautiful, and I imagine the patio will be quite busy in the sunny warm weather. Nice job!
Tam Chen / August 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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I wish I could have a menu to take out to my office. I have gone in to inquire about a menu both for our office several times. Trying to convince my co-workers of the quality of the ArteGelato creamery is difficult when I show them this poorly designed card. When we searched online for your website, we could not find anything directly related to your store. Dutch Dreams has our office open! The Affogato at ArteGelato is amazing, and eases my conscience after my 3rd cup of coffee. Send out some nice propaganda, so i can help promote your delicious flavours.
GIUSEPPE / September 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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Artegelato is the best gelato place I have ever been to in Toronto. I am from Italy and I moved here 3 months ago. I have tried every gelato place in toronto and by far artegelato is the best. They have 48 flavors 13 sorbettos which is made with no dairy, 3 sugar free and whole variety of amazing flavors. They have amazing paninis , pizza and a new line of waffles with gelato.i give this place a 10 out of 10 everyone check it out 946 Bloor street west
Raezelle / September 27, 2012 at 01:00 am
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Artegelato is absolutely amazing. If you're looking for delicious gelato, or some fresh pizza, this is the spot! Artegelato is a well kept, restaurant, that offers a wide selection of a various number of foods and treats. This being my first visit, I was extremely pleased with the service, not only with the food, but with the friendly staff as well. They're know for their vast variety of gelatos, but their pizza is to die for (Highly recommended). The staff does a fine job of keeping the restaurant looking beautiful and the patio adds a nice appeal. I will definitely be visiting again (You should as well)!!
Sandeep / October 13, 2012 at 09:07 am
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I love this place! The service is great, really friendly and very passionate about what they're doing. I go there almost every day now for one of their hot sandwiches. Had the Gelato in the summer and now enjoying their warm and hot dishes for the winter. Simply amazing!
L / December 1, 2012 at 10:55 am
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Crappy place, owners play awful music and they aren't friendly at all.
Vanessa / May 9, 2013 at 09:55 pm
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This place is FANTASTIC! Probably one of the most welcoming shops on Bloor Street which can be accredited to the extremely friendly dynamic amongst the employees and the owners. The hot sandwiches are so delicious, not to mention massive! The gelato speaks for itself; this place has a knack for throwing together the most unconventional flavours and somehow making them work. I've been tempted a bunch of times to just sit in there sampling every one (which they probably wouldn't object to). Overall, this is a great place to take the kids, a date night, or just to hang out with others there especially since they have the most beautiful patio on the road.
wanderlustred / May 17, 2013 at 12:24 am
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I recently visited this place as a late birthday thing and loved it very much! The pizza and paninis were delicious and the gelato was heavenly. My friends and I had the hardest time trying to pick flavors. And the service is lovely, everyone was really friendly and accommodating.
matt / August 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm
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Just had the new lemon and blueberry basil gelato, it was delicious! Very impressed with this place since finding it, can't wait to try a new flavour.
joel / February 24, 2014 at 10:09 am
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I have some Gelato equipment that is for sales and you maybe interested it. How do I getahold of you...

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