I read somewhere that much of the equipment in this cute and bustling gelateria was brought in from the mother country, so the look and feel is authentic and smells of coffee and pizzelle.
As I arrive, a tour bus has unloaded a group who wait patiently for samples and place their orders before they go to the theatre. The place is packed but the line-up moves quickly and it is my turn. I order a gelato burger, which seems to impress the woman who takes my order. She is further tickled when I ask for the Gelato DiCarlotta as the filling, which is their signature flavour.
She fills a bun made of pate-a-chou with Gelato di Carlotta and warms inside an expressly made piece of equipment. The bun is slightly toasted and the gelato is warmed to the consistency of a thick pastry cream.
The woman walks to the other side of the counter where she drizzels (heavily) warm, melted Nutella on top. I see the other customers’ eyes follow my desert as I get my fork and make sure the take plenty of napkins.
I settle quickly on a bench out front in the sunlight, to begin the devouring. This is the kind of ice-cream sandwich worth travelling two hours in traffic to get (as I did that day). The Gelato DiCarlotta is smooth and silky and well, you can never go wrong with Nutella on anything. Oh, what a happy ending to a sunny day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s available year-round, so my suggestion is get there soon. Bon appetit!