For many months now, I have been hearing nothing but great things about Gelatissimo, an Australian gelato chain boasting freshly and daily-made sweet concoctions. I first saw it at Greenbelt 5 last November before I met up with blogger friends for dinner at Cerveseria. I wanted to try their gelatos right away, but the line was too long. There were about 20 people in line even reaching outside the store's doors. And even after our bloggers' dinner, the line at Gelatissimo was still equally disheartening.
My next sighting of the Australian gelato store was in Trinoma before the end of December. Although there wasn't a long line, its seemingly-cozy lounge was full. Not a good place to chill while waiting for friends. Fortunately though, after our Cyma late lunch last week, Gelatissimo's Trinoma branch was finally free of a large crowd.
After stepping foot in the store, I was surprised to see how spacious this branch is. There were quite a few tables, some sofas, and even throw pillows. They also have chandeliers and an interesting paper cup display by the doors. The whole area was just so welcoming and comfy, especially with the dim lighting and the red and cream color combo.
But of course, Gelatissimo is probably not booming just because of its cozy interiors. So after saving a seat, my date and I delved into their really wide gelato selection. And let me tell you that I kid you not when I say wide, because Gelatissimo doesn't only have one chiller. They have two -- one for dairies and sorbet, and another one especially for chocolate variants which are part of their Christmas of Chocolate promo.
|Mango, Rock Melon, Forest Berries, Passionfruit, Panna Cotta, Choc Mint, Coffee, Vanilla, Pistachio, Mango Tango (Mango and Lime), Lime, Raspberry, Green Apple, Crème Caramel, Green Tea, Macadamia & Caramel|
|Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate Sorbet, Sugar Free Chocolate, Choc Hazelnut, Choc Chip, Original Chocolate, Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Fondant, Chocolate Liqueur, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Rum Cake, Veronese Chocolate, Chocolate Almond, Black Forest, Chilli Chocolate|
Being more of a sorbet and dairy lover, I spent most time tasting the flavors in the first chiller. My date on the other hand, enjoyed the chocolate overload at the second chiller. Everything we've tasted were good. Even the ordinary and ice cream staple flavors have a nice and distinctly-Gelatissimo taste. It was no use to ask the staff about their bestsellers because almost every flavor they offer is selling great. It will just depend on the customer's preference.
In the end, my date and I found ourselves getting a double-scoop in a cup (P160) -- Macadamia & Caramel and Green Tea combo for me, while my date had Veronese Chocolate and Chocolate Truffle. We both enjoyed the gelato flavors of our choice and had a truly nice and relaxing stay in Gelatissimo's store. My date just had one thing to complain about -- the store's soothing but Italian music. I don't mind it though.
Gelatissimo's branches are always jam-packed and I now understand why. They have a wide assortment of gelato flavors which are rich in taste and quality, the ambiance of their store is just so cozy, their service is excellent, and the pricing is very reasonable and competitive. The dessert shop also serves sundaes, Italian biscotti and even coffee, making Gelatissimo a perfect place not only to grab a sweet treat but also to lounge around.
Ambiance - 4.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4.5/5
Level 4 Trinoma Garden,
EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila