Have you ever tasted something so mind-blowingly delicious that you know, you just know, that you will never be able to look at regular food the same way again? Well….we had one of those experiences at Il Gelato di Carlotta, a relatively new latteria located on the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL).
We discovered this little gem courtesy of Taste the Town Tours, and as such we got to meet Kash, one half of the team that started the gelato shop, and tried roughly 8 of their 19 available flavours. Kash was very generous in offering us samplers of 2 sorbettos each (made without milk, naturally) as well as 5 different gelato flavours.
As the top-rated gelato from Italy, each flavour is sourced authentically, pistachios from Sicily, mangoes from Mumbai, locally-grown Niagara fruits…the list goes on. They also have the most adorable fruit-in-fruit sorbettos. The gelato was so delicious that we decided to go back and get full sizes of the Alfonso mango flavour, arguably the stand-out flavour of all of the samples we tried, and we also tried the kiwi flavour. The mango gelato is like a mashed mango with just the right amount of creaminess and the kiwi gelato makes for a refreshing chill on a hot summer’s day.
Anna maintains that regular gelato has been completely ruined for her because it will never live up to the amazingness from Il Gelato de Carlotta. Their gelato is so good that you just want to cry at the thought that it’s all the way in NOTL and you can’t have it every single day.
But if you do ever find yourself in NOTL, please please do yourself a favour and give it a try. They’ll give you free samples and it will change your life. Promise. :)
Voted as the prettiest town in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint, historical town that you can spend an entire day exploring. From the beaches on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River to the restored Fort George site, Il Gelato di Carlotta is located at the heart of it all. Feel free to stop by for a gelato or sorbetto after a show at the Shaw Festival. Parking is free nearby, just check the map on the town’s website.