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Lick It Gelato

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on August 29, 2012 / review policy

Lick It GelatoLick It Gelato was borne from a personal quest to bring gelato down to Harbourfront. Karolina and her boyfriend, Tobias, had lived in the area for nearly five years, long resenting the trek out to the east or west to get their hands on some decent gelato. So they decided to take it upon themselves to open up their own place, despite never having run a shop or even knowing how to make gelato.

"We did everything ourselves," Karolina says as we sit at one of Lick It's patio tables. "It's been us and one other couple; we painted everything, built the bar, we made these tables from reclaimed bowling alley lanes."

Lick It GelatoKarolina, who has a law degree (of all things), says she and her boyfriend took a gelato-making course out in Woodbridge shortly after making the decision to open their own place. "We finally got everything down," she says. "We even figured out how to make our own waffle cones after lots of trials and tribulations — lots of tribulations."

Lick It GelatoLick It Gelato has about 10 flavours in store (soon to be 16 when its new counter arrives), pulling from a roster of 20 flavours and counting. The team uses fresh (and seasonal) fruits, real nuts, and other natural ingredients to make its gelato, which is represented in mostly classic flavours including lemon, pistachio, salted caramel, and chocolate hazelnut.

20120822-lickitgelato-12.jpg"You've got to try this one," Karolina says, emerging from the back space with a tub of banana gelato. "We just made it today, and it was so good we almost ate the whole thing!"

Lick It GelatoI brace myself for the spoon, never much a fan of anything "banana" flavoured (childhood ear infection medicine ruined me, alas), but this gelato really impresses me. It has a smooth consistency and the impossible taste of baked banana bread, of all things, and convinces me that I could definitely go for a scoop or two. I also sample the lemon — a classic, tart gelato that is made dairy-free — and the mojito which quickly becomes my favourite for its freshness and little specks of real mint leaves throughout.

Lick It GelatoKarolina also tells me that the shop has recently rolled out a "doggie gelato" (which is also people-friendly) that is made dairy-free and sugar-free with a peanut butter and banana flavour. Yes, actually. So far, the doggie gelato has received rave reviews (in the form of uncontrolled salivation) from Chloe the lab and Oscar the hound. I'm not sure exactly what to think, especially since my dog would give rave reviews to a half-eaten sandwich by the side of the road, but anything doggie-related usually makes me swoon, so I quickly decide I love the idea.

Lick It GelatoBack to people. Customers can mix and match their gelato choices with small (two flavours, $3.95), medium (three flavours, $4.95), and large options (four flavours $5.95), with Dufflet pastries to go alongside and espresso drinks made with I Drink Coffee organic roasted beans.

20120822-lickitgelato-02.jpgKarolina says she plans to keep on scooping right through the winter (with pumpkin spice, eggnog, and other seasonal flavours), during which she plans to add soups, sandwiches, and hot items to the menu. But, seeing through the rest of the summer, Lick It Gelato is open 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. during the week, and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends.

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Discussion

36 Comments

Ender / August 29, 2012 at 09:27 am
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How do you review a restaurant without providing an exact address? Especially a newer restaurant that doesn't shownupmwhen searched for in google maps?
MrsPotato / August 29, 2012 at 09:36 am
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What will they do in the winter?

This corner is a death trap for cafes!
*sigh / August 29, 2012 at 09:38 am
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How do you read a restaurant without reading the Location and Contact Details?
Alex replying to a comment from Ender / August 29, 2012 at 09:40 am
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There is a map and address and phone number on the right side of the screen...maybe look around before opening your mouth and looking stupid?
Tony / August 29, 2012 at 09:41 am
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Top right hand side under the Mastercard advert is the address and website.
w / August 29, 2012 at 09:44 am
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"(or all things)"

"(which also people-friendly)"

maybe it's just me, but having an editor correct these types of errors before publishing for all to read is pretty important.
Maddy / August 29, 2012 at 09:50 am
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It's located beside the Rabba on Queens Quay - just between Simcoe & Bremner on Queens Quay.
Hot Dog replying to a comment from MrsPotato / August 29, 2012 at 09:54 am
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Forget winter, September is already upon us. Who really craves gelato in the fall???
lisa / August 29, 2012 at 10:02 am
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Growing up on gelato almost weekly, and even working at a gelateria for a time, I'm surprised to see so many new gelato places NOT using a scraper - but instead using a traditional ice cream scooper. Maybe I'm just an Italian gelato purist, but this kind of bothers me. That being said, I will still give this place a try and let the gelato speak for itself!
jer replying to a comment from lisa / August 29, 2012 at 10:27 am
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Your right, I guess they didn't teach them that at the school in Woodbridge.

I will give this spot a shot before I judge it. Looks promising if they are indeed using fresh ingredients to make the gelato... Too many "pre-mixed" pregel places out there.
brian replying to a comment from lisa / August 29, 2012 at 10:33 am
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Lisa, we asked them the same question, and the reason they're using a scoop is it's easier and less messy for them to get it in the cones.
Don't let that stop you from going in...the gelato is really good. Almost as good as the gelato I had in Italy over the summer
Ended replying to a comment from Alex / August 29, 2012 at 10:46 am
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If you're reading the article on an iPad you will zoom in on the article which cuts out the sidebar which is normally all ads and not a logical place to look for an address. These articles really should post the address somewhere within the article rather than be posted on the side where people are trained to ignore due to websites adding advertisements there.
c replying to a comment from Ended / August 29, 2012 at 11:03 am
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it's 250 queens quay. there problem solved.
Moi / August 29, 2012 at 11:13 am
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http://www.lickitgelato.com/#!home/mainPage

LICK IT GELATO
250A Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON M5J 1B5

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday to Friday: 8 AM - MIDNIGHT
Saturday & Sunday: 9 AM - MIDNIGHT
um / August 29, 2012 at 11:18 am
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The 'comments' section is NOT working on the website
and it is in WHITE. hard to see while typing a comment
just sayin;)
Giulio replying to a comment from jer / August 29, 2012 at 01:05 pm
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First of all, I want to say thank you to this guys to bring an excellent gelato in the neighborhood!!! To do a gelateria and make the gelato in store in that little place is very challenging.
I'm laughing at all this comments on how a gelateria should run... I grow up in Italy and 50% of my body fat comes from gelato :)
I work for five years in gelaterias there and we always used scoopers and never spatulas. If you ever being to Italy, you will see 50% of the people using spatulas and 50% using scoopers. The prices on the menues in Italy are most of the time 1 pallina, 2 palline, 3 palline... Pallina means "ball" or I guess it means scoop here. I also seeing lots of people talking about ready mixes on this blogs... All the gelaterias uses gelato ingredients (which are not ready mixes all the time but most of the time natural pastes)... I'm very familiar with Pregel products because 90% of the ingredients that we used in Italy was from this company. We use to use also a bit of Montebianco and Fabbri for a couple of flavors that Pregel wasn't making.
My point is, don't talk stupid if you are not from this busines and continue to eat cheap ice cream that doesn't even contain milk anymore.
Julia replying to a comment from lisa / August 29, 2012 at 02:02 pm
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I consider myself a gelato snob. I am Italian and have lived in Italy and just recently spent two weeks eating my way around the homeland. I can say without a doubt that this is the best gelato I have had in Toronto. And I've had it at least 4 times in the past month.
I asked about the paddle thing last week and the owner said they just didn't like how it looked when it was scraped onto the cones. Most people in Canada eat their ice cream in a cone where as in Italy most people prefer a dish.
MrsPotato / August 29, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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Do they make their gelato? Or do they use a base?
That's the million dollar question.
Khristopher replying to a comment from Ended / August 29, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Seriously? It's BlogTO's fault that you zoomed in on the page and didn't see the address? Wow. People are so fucking weird!
Jo / August 29, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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It's nice to see a new, locally run gelato place in the area. I really miss Solferino. They had the BEST gelato in the city and nothing compared to it. Hopefully this one does!
Svej / August 29, 2012 at 04:51 pm
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I noticed this place while passing by the other day - looks promising! Good luck to the owners, sounds like they are off to a great start (looks DELICIOUS).
Liz / August 29, 2012 at 05:33 pm
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Yes!!!! somewhere to go on my lunch break!!!
There aren't enough non-corporate businesses down here!
Way to go guys, ill be there all winter eating your gelato for sure!
tee hee / August 29, 2012 at 05:44 pm
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If Lick It was savvy, they would have opened up next door to Glory Hole.
Alyssa / August 29, 2012 at 06:03 pm
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I traveled through Italy this spring and became addicted to Gelato. It was hard coming back to Toronto because something I loved so much wasn't readily available to me unless I drove north of the city. I was so happy that 'Lick It' opened so close to me. The Gelato is as good as Italy...ahhh! What makes this place also unique other than the amazing Gelato is that the people working there are so friendly and don't try to rush you to pick your flavour. Check it out you wouldn't be upset.
Rachel / August 30, 2012 at 11:45 am
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Not trying to act like an authority on the matter but I'm Italian and while other kids grew up around Ice Cream trucks and fudgesicles, I grew up on gelato! I sincerely mean it when I say this shop makes absolutely mind-blowing, delicious gelato. I stumbled into the store entirely by accident, thinking it was a Thai restaurant (there is a sign outside referencing the thai place next door, but if you're not from the area, you can br easily confused) and decided to sample some of their flavours. Maybe it's because they only have a little under a dozen flavours, but I swear it's like they poured their heart and soul into every flavour. So good! And they were so kind, they let me try each and every one with encouragement! In the end, I picked hazelnut (a traditional fave) and the Salted Caramel (so rich and smooth!!) in a homemade waffle cone (to die for). The people are genuine. The eat is great. The location is just beautiful. I honestly suggest giving it a shot.

But this article...seems unedited. How do you publish something without checking that first?!
Richard W replying to a comment from Hot Dog / August 30, 2012 at 11:51 am
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North American ignorance, typical. I lived in Rome for a large part of my life and for the locals, gelato is a year 'round thing. It's very common to see people in Fall and Winter eating gelato, even for breakfast! Perhaps the purpose of this store is to bring some of those European customs to the city...just a thought.
Liam / August 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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I'm gonna be honest this place is tasty but I've had better, and I think this place could use more selection. But they're new, right? Things will probably change alot. Overall i think they're good, not amazing but good. I really like lots of options flavour-wise which they dont offer
Alex San / August 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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I live near to this place and I must say we feel blessed to have something new open up. How refreshing! Aside from their gelato, their coffee is really damn good! And they carry pop shoppe pop! Havent seen that stuff is many years. also free wifi
pete / August 30, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Didn't you guys see that the article says that they're gonna have a wider selection? It says that they're waiting for a wider counter or something and they're gonna be rotating about 20 flavors depending on what's in season, I mean that's great,it means that they use fresh Ontario fruit I guess and that's as good as it gets let's face it!
Skirdin / August 30, 2012 at 05:57 pm
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Degrading is what I call this store. Went in once, saw the employees wearing shirts saying JUST LICK IT across their chest area...gross. Sexual innuendoes and ice cream don't mix...don't need to see a middle aged man telling me to JUST LICK IT..just lick what?? And the women there too..lick their breasts? Really inappropiate. Went in once with my daughter and didn't go back since It's basically Hooters
pete replying to a comment from Skirdin / August 30, 2012 at 07:04 pm
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If the place is called lick it gelato what do you think they're telling you to lick?! Get a life...
hungry man replying to a comment from tee hee / August 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm
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Who's awesome?

YOU'RE AWESOME!
whatever fakeo's / August 31, 2012 at 10:00 am
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HAHHHAAHHAHAAA!!

Awesome fake reviews, LICK IT.
C'mon. This makes you look completely ridiculous and fake.

Can't wait to check this place out, and give it a real review on yelp.
BTW, this stuff is NOT like the gelato from Italy. You're not fooling anyone who's ACTUALLY tasted the stuff.

LICK IT uses this shit as a base - http://www.pregelcanada.com/gelato/

Toddrick replying to a comment from whatever fakeo's / August 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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Not meaning to start drama, but you do realize that an extraordinary amount of places not only in Italy but also all around Europe use Pregel...it's a pretty well known fact. Definitely not a reason to shame a place.
Karolina(From Lick It) replying to a comment from whatever fakeo's / September 1, 2012 at 08:41 pm
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I can assure you that NOBODY from our Team at Lick It had written any reviews, not to my knowledge. Both Tobias and I come from many years of experience in the service industry and are quite familiar with strategies that some businesses like to use and how easily they can be spotted- eg. OpenTable.
It was established from the beginning between us, partners here at Lick It, that we will not be creating any "faeko",as you called it, reviews as everybody is entitled to their opinion. What's more, to us, it is absolutely priceless to receive ANY feedback as to what we should change, improve upon, work on.

We(partners)have created Lick It with our own hands- we learned, we built, we painted and now we make our gelato. It is our first business venture and we ask our customers for feedback on a regular basis. We have a guest book where you're more than welcome to leave comments. It is all because we are here to make it right. Why else would we even bother to open? I am very sorry to hear that you do not enjoy our gelato base. What do you use as a base at your gelato shop? I am not sure if you are aware but all of our products are imported from Italy and they are exceptional quality.

We cannot express enough gratitude for all the kindness and precious words of support that we have received from our neighbors and customers from all over so far. Thank you all for your feedback and we do welcome and appreciate any comments, good or bad, anything you'd like to express and share with us. We have had an amazing summer so far and hope to serve and please all your gelato/espresso needs:) Thank you all kindly.
jer / September 3, 2012 at 12:22 am
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I am not sure where all of these "best gelato I have ever had" comments are coming from. I have had better in Toronto alone not even mentioning Italy.

What I didn't like was the staff saying "we make everything in house" or words to that effect when really you are using pregel for a base, and for some of your flavours. Seems as misleading as Tim Horton's "Always Fresh" slogan when all they are doing is finishing to bake flash frozen partially cooked desserts.

Having said that, if I was in the area again and wanted something to cool me down I would probably stop in again.

Good write up about pregel here:
http://www.openfile.ca/toronto/file/2010/08/real-scoop-about-whats-your-gelato

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