Whenever people ask me where they can find good gelato in Toronto, Dolce always comes to mind. I’m sure if you’ve ever been to Little Italy during a warm summer evening, you will see a huge lineup at Dolce even when there’s another gelato place just down the street. Is it worth the wait, you ask? The answer is an emphatic “Yes”.
Needless to say, I was quite excited about the opportunity to review Dolce as this is the one gelato place that I frequent most. I had the chance to speak to the owners and they said the secret to their success is using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in their gelato. That was quite evident as the end product clearly shows their dedication to the quality of their products.
This husband and wife team cranks out many traditional Italian gelato flavours like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. The combination of their backgrounds (Italian and Ecuadorian) inspires non-traditional flavours like Mojito and Pina Colada. Dolce doesn’t stop there – they often have different feature flavours that proved to be a hit for many customers.
Dolce also keeps their customers in mind and ensures there is something for everyone – from water-based/non-dairy to low calories/sugar (uses Splenda).
The first thing I tried was one of their most popular combinations: Belgian Chocolate & Limone (lemon sorbet).
The Belgian chocolate was incredibly rich while the lemon sorbet was crisp, light, refreshing and had a nice citrus kick. The contrast between the two flavours made this a very interesting combination, where the acidity of the lemon cuts the richness of the chocolate quite nicely.
Next, I was treated with a tri-colour bowl of deliciousness consisted of mango, strawberry and pistachio.
If you like mango, you certainly won’t go wrong with this one as the mango flavour was intense and concentrated. The strawberry was also very good, not as sweet as the mango and it had a refreshing strawberry flavour. I think the Pistaccio Royale was okay, but their other version – Pistaccio Sicilia- was to die for.
After the tri-colour bowl, I got to sample the 2 new featured flavours: Strawberry Cheesecake and Blueberry Yogurt.
I liked the Blueberry Yogurt, but I loved the Strawberry Cheesecake. The Strawberry Cheesecake was rich and creamy with the perfect amount of tang as real mascarpone cheese was used.
I also got to try out the Croccangelo (cream with caramel bits) and Mandoria Tostada (toasted almonds).
The Croccangelo was delicious with crunchy caramel bit, which gave a nice overall texture. The Mandoria Tostada was also very tasty with a velvety smooth texture and a distinct taste of almond that wasn’t over powering.
Dolce also have other offerings like Italian desserts.
Did I mention Dolce also makes awesome coffee by a talented barista (4th place in the Canadian Central Regional Barista Championship of 2009)?
Dolce recently expanded their offerings to include Gelato Bars and Gelato Cones. These chocolate covered gelato bars and cones have been very popular in Italy the last few years.
They currently have 3 flavours of the Gelato Bar: Cioccolato (chocolate), Minta (mint), Strawberry.
They have 4 flavours for their Gelato Cones: Cioccalato, Vaniglia (vanilla), Strawberry, Bianco.
Overall, my experience at Dolce was delightful. The vast number of flavours offered by Dolce was impressive. I like the fact that they stand by their products and only use high quality ingredients (and lots of it!). So if you haven’t already, go to Little Italy and check out Dolce Gelato yourself!