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The Best Gelato in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / June 27, 2012

gelato torontoThe 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.

See also:

The best ice cream in Toronto
The best frozen yogurt 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

Dolce Gelato

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 »

La Paloma

La Paloma

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

Ed’s Real Scoop

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 »

Hollywood Gelato

Hollywood Gelato

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 »

Il Gelaterie Artigianale

Il Gelaterie Artigianale

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 »

Arte Gelato and Cafe

Arte Gelato and Cafe

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 »

Soma Chocolate

Soma Chocolate

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 »

G for Gelato

G for Gelato

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 »

Gelato Simply Italian

Gelato Simply Italian

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 »

Ice N Cake

Ice N Cake

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

Hotel Gelato

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 »

Discussion

58 Comments

Jer / June 10, 2008 at 11:40 am
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My vote is for Il Gelatiere. Not only is the gelato incredibly delicious, they also have amazingly tasty gluten free cones!
Jenny / December 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm
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After living in Italy for a year, one of the only places that can satisfy my craving is way up north in Richmond Hill on Yonge and Major Mackenzie called 'Ti Amo'. Their dark chocolate gelato is to die for, as is there seasonal cherry. Truly worth the drive!
Michael Romano / July 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm
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Ti Amo Gelato is the worst Gelato I have ever tasted! The entire shop is nothing but a con job to serve "authentic" Gelato. The service was rude and the Gelato was tasteless. I'm a proud red blooded Italian. I've eaten Gelato and regular ice cream all my life and for the first time when I ate Gelato at Ti Amo Gelato it felt like eating bland cold cream that tasted nothing like Gelato and tasted just like regular ice cream but costs twice as much. Avoid like the flu!
Dave / March 3, 2010 at 10:40 am
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I think if everyone really new the difference between REAL ingredients and ARTIFICIAL flavors then the decision would be easy.......Hollywood Gelato takes the cake!!
K / June 9, 2010 at 12:04 am
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These places look so awesome! I'm going to get so fat over the summer from trying the foods on your top lists, but I'm sure it'll be worth it! LOL
sosa85 / July 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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Hotel Gelato is the BEST EVER...Portion is huge and their pistachio gelato is TO DIE FOR,,,so creamy yummy..... best of the best ....also the place s so nice and classy ..prices very reasonable...cheers
Karyn / July 27, 2010 at 11:46 pm
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I have never had a worse gelato experience than my trip to Il Gelatiere - and I had high hopes because this is right in my neighbourhood. I went with a friend and bought 1/2 kg of gelato. We walked in and asked which were dairy free (there were only around 8 flavours that fell into this category) and by the time we had asked for our 3rd sample, the woman at the counter snarled at us and asked if we planned on eating our entire 1/2 kg in samples. I sort of laughed, thinking she must be joking (isn't the whole gelato experience about being able to taste the selections before deliberating on a favourite?), especially because we were even sharing samples. When I asked to try the strawberry, she snapped that people never ask to try the "normal" flavours - we make them with fruit, so they taste like the fruit. But frankly, every gelato place is very different, and just because I like lemons doesn't mean I will like your lemon gelato. She said, people normally only request to try our good flavours, like chocolate (because I guess people don't know what chocolate ice cream is like). Whatever, she gave us the sample but by this point I was so pissed off by her attitude that we just ordered. At this point she said, which of you has the dairy allergy, and so my friend pointed at herself, and then she says to me, here, try this chocolate hazelnut, you'll like it. I was shocked. I don't even LIKE those flavours. I always order the fruit flavours. I never asked for the sample, and after she begrudged us the ones we ASKED for, she insisted on me taking one I DIDN'T ask for, that was about 5 times the size of the ones she gave us before. I declined about three times before I basically got embarrassed by her condescension and took it. Then she told me my gift certificate had already been redeemed and wanted me to pay, and it turned out to be some accounting error on the part of her staff, but the way she dealt with the whole thing left me ready to leave the entire order and walk out the door. Altogether a terrible experience.
Tune / August 3, 2010 at 08:26 am
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Karyn, I couldn't agree more about Il Gelatiere. Rudest service on the planet. If you're looking for great gelato north of Eglinton, try Mad Italian, or Hotel Gelato, or my favourite, Novecento.
Marissa / November 22, 2010 at 09:01 pm
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I'd like to nominate Dessert Trends on Harbord
Michael replying to a comment from Maria / June 8, 2011 at 10:53 am
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Many gelato places have dairy-free options. I was just at Mad and the server told me all their fruit gelato were dairy-free...

Enjoy!
mark Brownlie / June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am
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.Gelato on Yonge between Davisville and Eglinton. Best I have had yet.
Blake / June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am
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Do any of these have Mascarpone as a flavour option? If so, I nominate that one as the best.
Ryan L. / June 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm
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Good to see that Ed's is being recognized for its excellent gelato as well as its ice cream.
Lazar replying to a comment from Karyn / June 8, 2011 at 02:28 pm
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Karyn, I strongly urge you to head a bit further West to Yonge and try .Gelato simply italian. The owner Alessandro originally started Il Gelatiere a number of years ago, and the quality and service were excellent. I was a frequent patron. But as with a lot of businesses the relationship with the partners soured, and when he left, I guess a lot of the things that made Il Gelatiere good went with him.

He opened .Gelato Simply Italian last year. And it is phenomenal.
morga / June 8, 2011 at 04:21 pm
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Dolce Gelato in Little Italy compares to the best I had in Big Italy. It is that good.
stanze / June 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm
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The hazelnut at Hollywood is moan-inducing. I tried Dolce a few weeks ago and wasn't terribly impressed. Flavours didn't seem as rich as Hollywood's.
Alison / June 13, 2011 at 09:59 am
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Sweet Creamerie in cabbagetown deserves a shout-out!
Helen / July 6, 2011 at 12:30 am
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UGH. Hollywood Gelato isn't gelato!!!! I've been to Italy many times. Hollywood Gelato sucks! It definitely caters to those that live in the area.
Danny / July 22, 2011 at 09:15 pm
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So I went to Il Gelatiere yesterday and I have to say I'm not all that impressed. I guess the comment about quality going down recently can be a factor. I went for the class Pistachio and Lemon. I prefer a more tart lemon but that's personal preference. The one thing I wasn't too impressed about was the fact that there were ice particles forming in the gelato. Not good. The Pistachio Gelato was very good but I still think Mad Italian does it the best. La Paloma is pretty decent...i guess. Hollywood Gelato is pretty good ice cream...(sarcasm)

Gotta try Dolce Gelato (heard a lot of negative reviews on other forums) and Simply Gelato Italian. Coming back from Rome last month has gotten me hooked to find the best in the city.

Gotta try
Tom / July 27, 2011 at 10:47 am
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You know what - I had some pretty epic chocolate cherry jalapeño gelato at the little video shop on Baldwin street - They also tossed a scoop of cappuccino biscotti in my friend's coffee and he was a big fan - Give it a whirl
Namgyal / April 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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Try some from Gelato fresco. Located at 60 Tycos drive.
FF / May 28, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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Major oversight: Boreal Gelato
Tank Black / May 28, 2012 at 08:09 pm
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G for Gelato on Jarvis/Adelaide is a winner.
Alex replying to a comment from Chester Pape / May 28, 2012 at 08:41 pm
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Caffe novecento (900) on st Clair is in my opinion the best gelato in the city. It has been over looked on this website time and time again. I think it's time to give them a shot and get back to us with your opinion. In the mean time people of toronto. Please do your selves a favour and indulge in this excuisite version of the Italian art gelato.
dazzlechild / May 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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My favorite gelato is at Artegelato at the corner of Delaware and Bloor (one block west of Bloor and Ossington). Their sugar-free pistachio is one of the best things I've ever had, and i'm not even a fan of pistachio. Granted, not all of their flavors are the best (the mango in particular tastes weird to me), but it's worth it to try the pistachio!
Mr Kanyo replying to a comment from FF / June 27, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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Big ups to Boreal. Try the salted caramel, mojito and lemon olive oil.
GelatoLover / June 27, 2012 at 04:06 pm
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What about The Boreal Gelato Company in Parkdale?!? They are SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!
And everything is freshly made, with all natural ingredients.
https://www.facebook.com/BorealGelato
tm replying to a comment from GelatoLover / June 27, 2012 at 04:47 pm
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Agreed. Boreal Gelato is fantastic.
Brent replying to a comment from Michael / June 27, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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How can Gelato be dairy free???????????????

If it has no dairy then its just a frozen dessert.

I scream for Ice Cream! Better yet Gelato!!!!!
Cindy / June 27, 2012 at 05:40 pm
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I also agree that Boreal Gelato has been my favourite in all of the city! So yummy! especially the salted caramel and olive oil flavours.

Please add them to the list next time!
tp123 / June 27, 2012 at 06:25 pm
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Boreal Gelato has my vote!
Suckster / June 27, 2012 at 08:39 pm
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Rustic Bakery has amazing gelato!
TheWord / June 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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@Karyn and friends: why do people complain about this shit like it's some kind of human rights violation? It's gelato, get over it!

Also, people really need to stop saying things like "it's to die for". It really isn't. I heard some A-hole say that about a plate of nachos at Boston Pizza once. He really did almost die for them.

Oh, and great list. Thanks!
the Real Jerkato / June 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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The Real Jerk has the best gelato, right blogTO?
Stefania replying to a comment from Brent / June 28, 2012 at 08:17 am
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Brent, sorbetto is dairy free usually because it is water-based. I would consider sorbetto under the umbrella of "gelato" and wouldn't just consider it a frozen dessert.
JD / June 28, 2012 at 10:37 am
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You forgot Il Gelatere. Far superior to Hollywood Gelato which isn't real gelato anyway
Michelle / June 28, 2012 at 10:41 am
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My favourite spot is the little known Crème on college. It's less expensive than it's counterparts and the flavours are so intense and real. Truly italian gelato.
The fruit flavours are divine!
sprite / June 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm
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So happy G for Gelato made the list! They're new but great, I would also recommend the cappuccino as well.
Alessia L / June 28, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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What about Nino D'Aversa?!
Italian / June 28, 2012 at 06:12 pm
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Pretty much everything at Nino D'Aversa sucks
AESLSK / June 28, 2012 at 09:04 pm
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Novecento and Hotel Gelato are the two best places in the city for gelato IMHO
man who consumes / June 29, 2012 at 02:33 am
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This article is out dated. There is so many new places to get gelato. Not to mention that time changes with a business. All the blog to reviews are not accurate at all. I have personally been to all of the places mentioned. Some of the ones that are not on that list are better than the ones ranked as the top. With a growing trend in ice cream, and an already boiling hot summer, blog to needs to step it up and re-evaluate that list and get those places not listed on there or mentioned. btw the best gelato by far in this city, with the best quality ingredients, which is quite evident..... .Gelato, Simply Italian. its actually called punto gelato. didn't find that out until I called the place. Yorkville location seems better overall. Try it. The taste and texture is epic!
Coffeeholic replying to a comment from Alessia L / June 29, 2012 at 03:01 pm
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I like their natural "Pistachios' Gelato @ Nino D'Aversa north of Steeles Ave. E., on Yonge St. Do hope to find some other better upnorth area as well. Good choice.
Coffeeholic / June 29, 2012 at 03:04 pm
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And "Ice N Cake" - not bad (not the best yet). Nice & clean, wonderful atmosphere outdoor which close to the fountain @ Shops on Don Mills. + Free Parking onsite. Good to have a cup of coffee @ next door - "Armoa" (even it's very pricey).
Gelato Fanboy / June 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm
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You forgot a hidden gem right downtown...The Little Video Shop dishes out some of the best homemade Italian gelato in the city! Plus great coffee and one of the largest cinephile collections anywhere. Check them out at www.littlevideoshop.com
marcus / July 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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G for gelato has the best pistachio gelato I have ever tasted. I'm not going to trash talk any of the other gelateria's because most of them are really good as well. Hollywood is getting trash talked a lot on this blog but don't believe it until you have a taste for yourself. I have had gelato @ 8 of these places and would say g for gelato is the winner with Hollywood and dolce tied for second. Bring on more gelateria's Toronto! The more, the merrier:)
courtney / July 4, 2012 at 04:42 pm
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btw - your marker for Ed's Real Scoop is WAY off.
Mikey / July 7, 2012 at 01:42 pm
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Boreal Gelato gets my vote because of the homemade quality and for it's Parkdale location. Tasty and fresh and always with a smile.
Ryan Henson Creighton / July 13, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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The incredible, unbeatable Dolce absolutely deserves its slot at the top of the list, and La Paloma is the ideal #2 choice. As for #3, my wife and i went to Ed's Real Scoop for the first time last weekend and were really let down by their baccio gelato. It didn't have any of the wonderful texture of Dolce's (smooth gelato, with tiny crunchy chocolate and hazelnut bits). Ed's baccio was soft in some places, frozen in others, and altogether less flavourful. Unsatisfying, at best.
rather peckish / July 31, 2012 at 04:06 pm
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we have been to half of the places on that list and all were great. we have never had a bad experience. we can't wait to try the rest on that list. gelato has come along way in this city. yum. here is our last visit to dolce on the danforth. http://ratherpeckish.blogspot.ca/2012/07/dolce-danforth.html
Cristina Miccoli replying to a comment from man who consumes / July 31, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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I agree, very outdated! A gem of all gems hasn't even been mentioned. VentiSette Gelateria on Yonge Street for me is by far the best gelato I've had since being in Italy! They advertise "Italy's hidden treasure" and it actually is. No other gelato in the city (GTA) compares to this. No bluff, the owner actually makes the gelato from scratch and produces at the front window for all to see with some old school style skills I haven't seen since my stay in Bologna, Italy! Definitely belongs on this list, if not, at the top.
Chris Romano replying to a comment from man who consumes / July 31, 2012 at 07:12 pm
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I don't understand! Look at these pictures!
All i see is STALE Gelato!( reference #3 Ed's Gelato - thats gross!!) It is not supposed to have a "sheen" on it! Authentic gelato is NOT supposed to be open consept! This is not real Gelato, This isn't artisan at all, and the taste is far from real.

I don't understand how this product is selling let alone ALLOWED and VOTED to be number 1! This is absolutely ridiculous.

I've had Dolce's Gelato and its nothing close to the real thing from Italy... Tastes like powders to me. No real ingredients at all, open consept - Totally North-Americanized - and he doesn't even own an authentic Italian "Vertical Batch Gelato Machine" to create his products and yet he says he's "Authentic?" Common...
If you know Gelato then you know this is the only true way to make authentic Italian gelato...

there is a problem with this city! No one makes anything real anymore! I used to enjoy "Simply Italian," because his Gelato actually is made with real ingredients, but hes not even close to the top of the list... There is a problem with this! He should be top 3, not number 10.

Finally, after much anticipation i have finally tried the above mentioned (Venti Sette) at Yonge and Fairlawn and I've been blown away.

This is what "Real Gelato" is. Done with the artisian style - actual covers on the gelato - like tradional Italy, this Gelato is the best i've ever had. The "Diary Free Chocolate, Banana, and Spicy Chocolate" was absolutely amazing and I've never had anything like it.
No one makes Spicy Chocolate in this whole city! Man, was it hot! The chocolate is even so savoury and delicious I know this is the real deal!

This place hasn't even been mentioned and yet it outranks all of the above!

This City doesn't know what kind of "Gem" it has hidden at Yonge and Fairlawn! Everything here is commpletely outdated! We need some recognition for the real places like "Venti Sette," and not these pushed, mass production type franchises that dont even know what the real thing is - let alone tastes like...

If you want the real thing, Go to Venti Sette. This place should be ranked number 1 In all of Toronto without even a glimpse of Competition.

This city is being fooled, and it doesn't yet know what it has!

I rest my case.
Adam / September 5, 2012 at 06:18 am
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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.
Novecento and Hotel Gelato are the two best places in the city for gelato IMHO
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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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After living in Italy for a year, one of the only places that can satisfy my craving is way up north in Richmond Hill on Yonge and Major Mackenzie called 'Ti Amo'. Their dark chocolate gelato is to die for, as is there seasonal cherry. Truly worth the drive!
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Parkdalion / May 2, 2013 at 04:02 pm
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Can't believe Boreal didn't make the cut here. Hands down the best gelato in the city. It is a must if you haven't checked it out.
Diane / June 10, 2013 at 08:34 pm
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I think creme at 705 college needs to be thrown into this. I've tried a bunch including about half on this list and they seem to have the best flavours and use high quality ingredients.
Jason / August 1, 2013 at 02:20 am
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I've been going to Capitano for my gelato lately. It's amazing. Please check them out!

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