Monday, February 7, 2011

Gorgeous Gelato

Caution: This entry has little to nothing to do with cupcakes, but everything to do with my other love, gelato. My love affair with gelato began at the ripe old age of sixteen. I was fortunate enough to take a trip with my high school to Greece and Italy, which was where I had my first exposure to the delicacy that is gelato. I’m quite sure that not many people, at least in the great state of Maine, can say that their first taste of gelato was in Rome. To say that I was thrilled when the Gelato Fiasco opened in Brunswick would be an understatement. Their gelato is utter perfection in my mind. That is another review waiting to happen though.

Today I will be focusing on Gorgeous Gelato! I heard that they had opened earlier this year, but for some reason it took me a little while to actually make the time to go down to their Fore street location (434 Fore St.) Upon walking into their shop, I was immediately impressed by the d├ęcor. I also really liked that you could see into the kitchen where they make the gelato.

They had a selection of gelato that was smaller than I am used to, Gelato Fiasco has a massive selection on a daily basis, but what they did have was more than adequate. I am sure as they continue to build as a business and have more customers they will add more flavors on a daily basis. I'm not sure they even need to though, as the flavors they had were really good. I asked the man who was working (who I am assuming was one of the owners) if I could have multiple flavors in my serving. He agreed to my request, probably thinking that I might want two, maybe three at most. However, I like variety as I have stated before. My love of tiny cupcakes has to do with the fact that I can have multiple flavors and yet not overeat. So I decided on having four.

Gorgeous Gelato allows the customer to taste test different flavors before deciding on the final one (or four) that they will purchase. I love this about gelato places, as the Gelato Fiasco also does this. After testing out the berries cream, I decided on the four flavors that would make up my small sized serving. Of course after my first taste of the berries cream I had to have that, as well as rum chocolate, orange chocolate and Oreo. When the man handed me my selection he said “here is your gelato puzzle!”

Both of the chocolate flavors were dark chocolate with a hint of either orange or rum. I could actually taste the rum in the rum chocolate, which was impressive. I’m not sure what I expected when I ordered it, but I didn’t actually expect to taste the rum. I think my favorite flavors (all of them were fantastic) were the berries cream and Oreo. The Oreo was much better than any Oreo ice cream I have ever had. I’ve always been a fan of Oreo ice cream, but after having Gorgeous Gelato’s version of Oreo I’m not sure I can ever have the ice cream version again. Once you’ve had the best, you can’t settle for the rest.

I’m fairly certain that Gorgeous Gelato will have a cult following through the winter and once the summer months start to show up there will be nonstop lines. Seriously, if you want to get in on a good thing before the crowds start to appear go there now. I am so excited for a fantastic gelato place to be in Portland.

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