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Gelato Simply Italian

Posted by Jane Manning / Reviewed on August 31, 2010 / review policy

Gelato Simply Italian TorontoGelato Simply Italian opened its doors three weeks ago at Yonge and Davisville in the space formerly occupied by the Sassy Bead Company. The Midtown area of Toronto now has another share in the gelato market alongside such favourites as Il Gelatiere Artlgianale, the Mad Italian, Xococava and Hollywood Gelato.

Gelato TorontoOwner Allesandro Buccianti is expanding his business with various sandwich offerings such as panini, tramezzini (triangular) and piadini (flatbread). ($6.00-$8.00) But today we're focusing on gelato and this place sells 48 flavours at any given time. Allesandro boasts that he has recipes for 121 flavours which he continually rotates or prepares seasonally.

Gelato Simply Italian TorontoThe decor is modern and roomy with Italian Art Deco prints and huge folding doors which open to allow the light to flood in from Yonge Street. Imported Santal Italian juices and delicate marzipan fruits are available for between $1.50/$2.50 each.

Gelato TorontoIt's difficult to choose but we start with a sample of three mini cones: the Macedonia (mixed daily fruits), Cioccolato al Peperoncino (dark chocolate with chilies) and the Novita (Pomegranate). The Macedonia is bursting with flavour and tiny specks of cantaloupe, kiwi and pineapple poke through a raspberry base.

The Cioccolato al Peperoncino has a rich dark chocolate base with a smoothe spicy aftertaste. The Novita is a very intense blend of sweet and sour to balance the bitterness of the pomegranate. Plus it's loaded with big juicy seeds which explode in your mouth.

We order a large cone ($5.00) with three flavours and choose the Fior di Latte (Vanilla), the Crema (Italian custard) and the Frutti di Bosco (Mixed Berries). The Fior di Latte is rich and creamy with a smoothe shot of vanilla. The Crema is more dense and flavoury and almost resembles their Zabaglioni recipe. The Frutti di Bosco is brimming with fresh chunks of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and is loaded with flavour.

Gelato TorontoThe Spaghetti gelato is an interesting concoction created by using a giant gadget that resembles a garlic press. The Crema gelato is pressed through to resemble spaghetti and the finishing touch is a spoonful of strawberry jam and shaved coconut. ($6.00) It's a bit too sweet for me but will definitely put a smile on anyone's face!

Gelato TorontoCannolo ($2.50 each) are dark chocolate dipped cannoli partially frozen with a semifreddo centre which resembles a mousse. This decadent creation is both crispy and velvety at the same time.

Gelato TorontoAllesdandro decides to impress us further with his homemade espresso Granita and if you're not familiar with granita, it's a semi-frozen, grainy ice which has a crystalline appearance. ($4.00) Served parfait style the granita melts into the whipped cream and resembles a frozen coffee.

Gelato TorontoHours: Open Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to Midnight. Open Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Photos by Jane Manning and Dennis Marciniak.

Discussion

25 Comments

mikeb / August 31, 2010 at 11:19 am
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Spaghettieis finally comes to Toronto. Awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettieis
Colchester2 / August 31, 2010 at 01:55 pm
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This place is terrific! I've been four times already. The gelato is gorgeous. They're giving La Paloma a run for their money. The guys behind the counter are characters. And the espresso's really good - in a real cup.
Posterjack / August 31, 2010 at 02:27 pm
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What great photos. Congrats to ronnie.yip on the win! Look forward to turning that awesome shot into a giant poster.
Chester Pape / August 31, 2010 at 02:28 pm
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Cafe Demetre has had "spaghetteis" for years (they don't call it that), that's hardly new.

Other aspects of this place look superior to the otherwise somewhat tired CD.
martin / August 31, 2010 at 08:55 pm
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The best gelato in the Country!!! Hands down no contest!!!
Olivia / September 2, 2010 at 09:42 am
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Finally true Italian Gelato, I'm so happy this opened up so close to home!
bibby zule replying to a comment from Chester Pape / September 2, 2010 at 11:32 am
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chester pape, your opinion is clearly not much of one. the idea of ice cream spaghetti is really nothing new at all, but you seem to miss the most important part. you talk about the way it looks, though it seems you have never been inside. if you tasted the product you would not be caring if demetre did, or did not start making spaghetti years ago. Go to .Gelato and buy something. then and only then can your opinion be valued.
this place is better than most tourism-made gelaterias in italy. this is the real deal people. try it before you open your mouths
KLq / September 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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How are you going to present your supposed trademark dish on a Dixie plate? That's embarrassing.
nicky G / September 2, 2010 at 06:34 pm
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who ever thinks they give La paloma a run for their money is cleary understating the fact that Simply Gelato makes La Paloma taste like generic brand ice cream....Dont get me wrong, I enjoy their ice cream but there is no comparison....this place is the real deal.....I wish their was one closer to me (which happens to be st. clair)
gen / September 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm
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This is from far the best gelato in the city. Italy delivered to Toronto. The owner Alessandro and his staff are simply amazing,
ml / September 5, 2010 at 11:17 am
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for the true gelato or ice cream purists, mint gelato is not supposed to be green, and banana is not supposed to be yellow. you want good gelato, make it yourself with good, natural ingredients.
Sir yummy / September 5, 2010 at 07:30 pm
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Thank god their banana isnt Yellow and their pistachio isnt florescent. Can't speak on behalf of the mint. ( i hate mint) mint isnt very italian, but i think they do IT for the kids. Every time i go for a gelato and there is kids inside they go crazy for it. best gelato experience i have ever had and continue to' have!
Reenie / September 8, 2010 at 12:02 am
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Gelato Simply Italian is simply divine. The gelato is made with fresh ingredients, and the servers are always friendly and helpful.
Lazar / September 14, 2010 at 08:15 am
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I used to go to Il Gelatiere, and often would see Alessandro there whipping up a new concoction. When I became a "regular", and if he was there, he would see me, and regardless of how busy he was, he would always say hi and offer me a taste of a new flavour he was working on. He is a true gem among shop owners. But i do wish he would open a location further West. I live a 10 minute walk from La Paloma, and it is just not on par with Alessandro's Gelato
FRANCO / October 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm
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FANTASTIC ICE DO YOU REMEMBERS FRANCO TOYS TO ROME
GOOD LUCK MY FRIENDS ICE MAN!!!!!!!
Mary / November 1, 2010 at 05:19 pm
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This place is fabulous. I returned from Rome recently and was unable to find an equivalent cappaccino or gelato. Well the other day I found Gelato Simply Italian. I was thrilled.
The staff are pleasant and very helpful. The selection of gelatos and desserts is excellent. I have taken my business now to the Yonge/Davisville location from Mount Pleasant. I
highly recommend that you enjoy the yummy experience. If you can't visit Italy, this is the next best thing.
Lorne / January 25, 2011 at 06:09 pm
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absolutely amazing!
it is with out a doubt the best gelato. his dedication to the place is amazing. the staff are always friendly and know their stock.
i would recommend this shop to anyone and everyone and have to many friends already.
i have yet to meet a person who doesn't fall in love there.
Melissa / March 31, 2011 at 11:46 am
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Gelato Simply Italian is definitely the best gelato in TO! I live downtown and I'm always happy to make the trip uptown for Alessandro's gelato because it's a taste of heaven in a cup! I usually have nocciola, bacio, tiramisu, and torrone but the pear is to DIE FOR!! My friend who's been to Italy several times also agrees that this is the best gelato in the city. Alessandro and his staff are always very friendly and helpful when it comes to recommending favourite flavours!
Jason / April 4, 2011 at 05:50 pm
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I get that a lot of people seem to like this place, but I got quite a different experience. Afte buying 3 litres of gelato, without trying any, I was about to buy a fourth, but asked the owner if I could try a little sample. I was met with a brusque response and he said "I'm sorry, I can't do that".
Wow, I thought I was being very undemanding by purchasing quite a bit of his product without asking anything.
Mr. Owner - you can continue to serve your single serves of gelato, I'll take my large purchases elsewhere!
Ethan / May 29, 2011 at 05:08 pm
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I have been going there since it first opened their doors since I live right across the street. Today, i had a very unpleasant experience with the owner. I was very surprised how rude he was not to offer Kid Size ice cream portion. He was giving me the look as if he was going to take me down or punch me in the face and raising his voice in front of every other customer. He basically did not want to serve me kid size because I was not a kid. I have been to every other ice cream shop around the neighborhood specially the Hollywood Gelato and have never experienced such an ugly behavior. Imagine McDonalds rejects you if you want Kids Menu, thats absurd!! Will never go there thank you to Spin Cafe opening soon right on Yonge and Eglinton!
Florence / August 19, 2011 at 12:15 am
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My sister and I had a terrible experience at this gelato shop. We are Italian and love our gelato. This place clearly has a high standard for producing authentic gelato, HOWEVER, the rudeness of the servers was shocking. Ah, hello, you're serving gelato -- fun and friendly stuff, no?

And, I agree with one of the comments above about how silly it is not to allow patrons to sample before they purchase. How arrogant and cheap!

We're never going there again. There are plenty of other fabulous gelato places in Toronto. We like Dolce on College and now on Danforth Ave. Also, Il Gelatiere on Mount Pleasant is a good choice.
Alex / October 10, 2011 at 11:11 am
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I agree too that they don't allow customers to sample. They also place 'no sample' signs on really interesting flavours. Why? I think the prices are also ridioulous!
Helen replying to a comment from Alex / October 26, 2011 at 06:14 pm
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They don't allow you to sample the ones with the sign on because they are out of ingredients to make it but once they get the ingredients the sign is off however for the other flavours with no sign you ARE allowed to sample!!!
Em / June 27, 2012 at 08:13 pm
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I love this place! It's also has AMAZING espresso with a very nutty flavour! I suggest ordering an americano with your gelato!
Chelsea / September 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm
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This place is the best gelato ever. The yonge st location has the best staff and awesome service! We always go back up for seconds because we are gelato obsessed now. Awesome environment especially in the summer.

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