As hot as it gets here in Canada during the summer, just be thankful you don’t have temperatures that many Europeans have to deal with.
Sometimes reaching upwards of 40+ degrees Celsius, it occurred to me recently while travelling in Italy how they keep cool during the summer heat waves. The answer: gelato. Gelato is Italian ice cream that is lighter on dairy than its North American counterpart.
So when the temperature heats up, make your way to these top gelato spots and chiiiiiiiiiill out.
Death In Venice
Named after the famed book by Thomas Mann, Death In Venice on Queen Street West is by far one of Toronto’s most authentic gelato experiences. Everything is made in house using fresh fruit, and their flavours change depending on what’s in season.
G for Gelato
Owners Gerardo and Giuseppina Polsinelli started making and selling gelato out of a bicycle cart in a small town south of Rome fifty years ago. They’ve since moved to Toronto and opened up shop a few years back, where they sell italian treats like espresso, paninis, and of course, gelato.
Arte Gelato & Caffe
Go the whole nine yards at this Dovercourt Park cafe. This unsuspecting little shop serves up some truly fantastic sandwiches, paninis, and pizzas to go along with their home made ice cream.
With a couple locations close to Trinity Bellwoods and little Italy, Dolce Gelato is certainly one of Toronto’s most celebrated gelaterias.
Ed’s Real Scoop
What would be an ice cream list in Toronto without mentioning Ed’s Real Scoop? Everything here from ice cream to gelato is homemade, at all four locations across the city. Make sure you try their pistachio gelato that’s made from 100% pure pistachio paste.
This Bayview spot has over 200 varieties of gelato, offering up cups (or cones) of traditional flavours like hazelnut, and lemon and non-traditional ones like the ever-popular Peanut Butter Chocolate Wafer or Skor.
This one is an honourable mention since it’s not traditional Italian gelato, but Kekou Gelato is changing up the gelato game by straying from traditional Italian flavours, and dishing up Asian flavours like Vietnamese Coffee and Black Sesame.
Image courtesy of Ed’s Real Scoop