Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spumoni City

Who has the best spumoni in Toronto? This is the type of question that fascinates food writers and is of profound interest to owners of such places, not to mention customers and potential customers, so while we will not pronounce on it unless we have tasted it in person, we are happy to start out with a list of potential candidates.

Toronto is world famous for its Italian ice cream. We only highlight a few places in this article, and we apologize in advance if you own a traditional ice cream shop in the city and we have accidentally left you out. This can be rectified easily by giving us a shout at vivacommunityvoice@gmail.com - if you want to be featured here, let us know about your venture and we would be happy to write about you.

The Martini district happens to intersect with one of the two areas known as Little Italy: College Street has several very trendy places for both these things.

We start out with an established family business, The Sicilian Ice Cream Company at 710 College St. They make their own ice cream, and the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe at 712 College has received favourable reviews from established papers who have asked themselves the same question about ice cream in the city.

Dolce Gelato has more than one location and a likewise eye-catching menu. To Gigi, fancy ice cream is not just about taste but also about the "look and feel" - if it looks good, it tastes even better.

An interesting twist on the Sicilian theme is offered at Xococava where you can get your favourite flavour in a brioche sandwich.

Ed's Real Scoop is one of the best ice cream shops in Toronto with two locations, one in the Beach and one in the film district (Leslieville). Gigi has tasted their ice cream and it is truly magnificent. They do gelato as well, and it is all handmade from natural ingredients.

The Mad Italian gets favourable reviews from connoisseurs, and it has an interesting-looking franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to try entering this market without attempting to reinvent the wheel themselves. The owners are from Rome and they have three decades' worth of expertise, so you cannot go wrong if you are an enterprising shop wanting to serve the real deal without making it from scratch yourself.

For a lovely Italian meal with spumoni as one of the options for dessert, visit one of Toronto's most established restaurants, The Old Spaghetti Factory on the Esplanade. Gigi attended a birthday party there some years ago, and it was lovely. By all accounts it is as good as ever, so it is a reliable place to go for a fun meal.


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