La Casa Gelato: Welcome to Gelato Heaven

Summer is probably the best time for gelato and La Casa Gelato has been on my list forever. Sure I went once when I was 10 but that doesn’t count anymore. La Casa Gelato has over 518 flavours and counting according to their website. I knew that it would take me forever to decide on what to order. When my friend and I arrived around 10pm the store was still buzzing with over 20 gelato-craving customers.

This is how it works: First you go up to the counter and pay first. Then they give you a coloured chip that you will give to the servers once you’re ready to place your order. Meanwhile, you are free to sample as much as you’d like! I was surprised that the samples they gave you were pretty big. I felt like I sampled at least one scoops worth of ice cream before I ordered!

La Casa GelatoMy friend ordered Straciatella (bottom) and Creme Brule (top).

La Casa GelatoAfter much debate, I ordered the Banana with Chocolate Covered Marshmallows (bottom) and Hazelnut Frangelico with Chocolate Shavings (top).

I found that the flavours of their gelato were really good. I tried not to pick flavours I would usually get. Moreover, they were generous with the portions too! It costs $7 for two scoops and $5 for one scoop. My friend insisted that even if you order one scoop they’ll give you two of the same flavour so you should order two different flavoured scoops? The most interesting flavour I tried was Apple Wasabi. It tasted exactly like green apples and then your tongue is hit with the spiciness from the wasabi and the flavour was strong too! There were just too many flavours to choose from and I would’ve spent even more time sampling if my friend didn’t have to leave soon. I liked a lot of their flavours! *drools*

La Casa Gelato actually has a monthly contest where you can enter to win a $25 gift card to their store. Enter here for your chance to win! What’s better than free gelato?

This is definitely the place to visit on a nice summer day and you can get your moneys worth from sampling pretty much! There’s something for everyone here. =) The only downside would be the location. Also… I only found one chocolate covered marshmallow in my gelato. =(

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Bella Gelateria

Summer is the perfect time for ice cream and gelato right? That’s why I couldn’t pass up the chance to try Bella Gelateria when I happened to pass by after an interview. Actually I lied. Any time is a good time for ice cream! =D I’ve heard about all the awards that this gelateria has won and I was curious to see how good it was.

Bella Gelateria

Bella Gelateria

Unlike other gelato places, Bella Gelateria does not openly display their gelato. Instead, the gelato is kept in large metal cannisters with lids on them. Maybe this keeps it more fresh? I sampled the salted caramel, the chocolate and Belgian brownie and the limoncello cheesecake. I wanted to sample more but I was too embarrassed to ask and there were other customers haha… They were all very soft, creamy and flavourful but I ended up falling for the chocolate and Belgian brownie. I can’t seem to resist chocolate! I did find it to be pricey though at $5.50/scoop and a dollar more for a waffle cone but they do use high quality ingredients. It’s not somewhere that I can visit frequently and I am easily satisfied by other gelato options but you should at least try it once if you’re in the area!

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Froshberg Gelato at Richmond Centre

Froshberg Gelato opened at the newly renovated Richmond Centre food court last year. I tried it once but I forgot to take pictures so I haven’t blogged about it yet. Since I was quite impressed last time I had to go back and try some other flavours! I’ve sampled the matcha green tea, peach mango, lime and pistachio flavours and they were all very good so it was hard to decide on what to buy. I like the sorbet flavours because they have just the right about of tartness without losing the fruity flavours but it wasn’t icy either.

IMAG0285I ended up getting a double scoop with tiramisu and donatella which is pretty much chocolate hazelnut flavoured. Think Ferrero Rocher. Both flavours were really smooth and creamy. I think their gelato is definitely on par with other gelato places in Vancouver (Vivo! Gelato, Gelarmony etc.). I would definitely drop by again if I had a gelato craving. Sometimes it’d be hard to choose between gelato or froyo with Pinkberry right beside it but since I’ve worked at a gelato store before I think I’m slightly biased towards gelato ;) I’ve been meaning to try Bella Gelateria which is suppose to me amaaazing but still haven’t gotten around to it yet =(


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