The Best Gelato in Toronto
The best gelato in Toronto is constantly being rivalled by a growing pool of competition. It seems word got out over the past couple of years that people in this city have an affinity for the frozen delight, and new proprietors have chosen to test their skills (or rather, their homemade concoctions) on the discerning gelato-eating public. Some have succeeded, as evidenced by the newcomers on this list, while others may need a few more decades to reach "just how nonna and nonno used to make it" status. I, for one, am more than willing to continuously test out those samples.
But as for the tried and true, here is the list of the best gelato in Toronto.
Note: This list was previously published in April 2008. Comments below made up until June 26, 2012 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.
Dolce Gelato has reigned over the Toronto gelato scene for years, and with good reason. You’ll find an incredible variety at both locations, spanning from bubblegum to classic pistachio. I’ve always been partial to the traditional varieties, of course, but Dolce does its gelato so well, I’ll occasionally spring for a strawberry cheesecake. Now that’s good gelato. More »
A gem in Corso Italia that’s always packed in the summertime. You might have to fork over a little more than leftover pocket change for a scoop or two, but the intensely flavoured Ferrero Rocher and limoncello varieties definitely make the added expense worth it. The place hasn’t changed in years, which is probably a good thing. More »
Ed’s Real Scoop has managed to master both ice cream and gelato, proving itself exceptional in a frozen-treat-saturated city. While the Leslieville and Beaches shops may not exactly have that old-school Italian charm, they do make an amarena cherry and stracciatella to rival the best of them. More »
Home of the low-cal, high-protein, high-fibre “Quantum Gelato.” The specially concocted gelato is a first choice for those seeking a healthier frozen option, though most Hollywood Gelato patrons stick with its 200+ indulgent options. You’ll find everything from cinnamon roll to Kinder Egg at this Leaside shop, though I opt for classic lemon every time. More »
This is one of those classic Italian gelaterias that’s totally family owned and operated. And needless to say, you can taste nonna’s influence. The pineapple, strawberry, and raspberry flavours boast just as much richness as the actual fruits, and the Italian labels round out the experience. More »
A newbie on the scene and gearing up for its first summer, Arte Gelato has already won over the Bloor/Ossington community even without the weather on its side. Owner Sebastian Silvestro is dedicated to the traditional way of doing things, sourcing only natural ingredients for his dozens of gelato flavours. Hot pizza is just an added bonus. More »
While its “pizza cone” might have stolen the spotlight for a little while, Mad Italian’s classic gelato remains the old faithful. With two locations (and a third one coming), dozens of flavours, and a decent dairy-free lineup, Mad Italian offers delicious consistency, especially among its more decadent offerings. They make a mean affogato, as well. More »
Soma Chocolate has consistently proven itself more than just a chocolate wonder. Now with two locations offering up its housemade gelato, Soma gets its scoops ready for summertime when its dark chocolate and milk chocolate fudge cake are in high demand (of course). But beyond its cacao roots, Soma makes a pretty mean blood orange and blueberry/basil too. More »
Another newbie in terms of Toronto’s gelato scene, but a veteran in terms of traditional Italian gelato. A family business with roots tracing back to an area near Rome, G for Gelato offers a wide spectrum of flavours, but excels with classic offerings such as pistachio and hazelnut. Great espresso and pizzas, too. More »
With two locations (Yorkville and near Yonge and Eg), this gelateria tries its best to evoke the essence of Rome, in flavour, at least. While its “Spaghettieis” (gelato made to look like spaghetti) may not win over the traditional gelato-eaters, its nutty pistachio, sweet melon, and indulgent Nutella flavours surely will. A reputation for great service, too. More »
While the Shops at Don Mills don’t exactly evoke that "streets-of-Milan" feel, Ice N Cake tries to make up for it some with its classic and creative gelato. Less a family-owned shop than an Italian-inspired enterprise, Ice N Cake is a definite contender with its rum-soaked English cake and plethora of fruit-flavoured varieties. Mango is my personal Ice N Cake favourite. More »
Hotel Gelato does more than remedy a relative drought of gelato over on Eglinton West. This shop is constantly experimenting with new flavours such as mojito, key lime, and pumpkin pie, and consistently winning over new patrons who happen through its doors. From what I hear, roasted almond gelato is still holding strong, and is perfectly paired with a freshly pulled cappuccino. More »