Gelato (Italian pronunciation: [dʒeˈlaːto]; plural: gelati) is an Italian frozen dessert, similar to ice cream. Its ingredients include milk and sugar, often combined with flavorings and fruit, chocolate, liquor, spices, or nuts. Unlike true ice cream, gelato often does not contain cream, and traditionally has a much lower fat content. The term gelato also refers to similar frozen desserts that are prepared in this method. Gelato is often compared to ice milk rather than ice cream.
I was recently asked to sample Joe Delucci’s Gelato & couldn’t wait. I love Gelato (& Ice Cream for that matter!). I’m pretty sure that Gelato is one of my biggest weaknesses. Favourite flavour? Pistachio. That is hands down THE BEST. Never tried it? Well it’s about time you do! (unless you’re allergic to nuts, that is!)
Joe Delucci’s have several Gelato Parlours all over the UK & opening more as the year goes on. I visited the Braehead Shopping Mall one as it was the closest to my house (they also have one in Silverburn in Glasgow). Previously, I have passed the stall while shopping & always seen it busy, people young & old always waiting to get a cone or tub. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like Gelato! Joe Delucci’s Gelato is made using fresh fruit and natural ingredients blended with Piemonte milk (or sometimes even water) as opposed to the heavy cream used in traditional British ice creams. This makes for a far more intense flavour experience and also makes it lower in fat. That means, it doesn’t hurt if you more & more of it 😉
As stated previously, Pistachio is my favourite & last year I remember walking passed the stall hoping they had my favourite because it’s so hard to find in Glasgow. To my excitement they did. I ordered 2 large scoops & enjoyed every last bit of it. Since then, I’ve always passed Joe Delucci’s hoping to see it again, unfortunately, it was only a limited edition Gelato at the time & have never had it back again, much to my disapointment.
Due to my past experiences with trying Joe Delucci’s, I knew that no matter what Gelato I was going to get, it would be good. I ordered a scoop of Oreo Gelato & Nocciolata, which is a Hazelnut and Chocolate Gelati blended into a praline & tastes exactly like nutella! Both tasted amazing. My favourite of the two had to be Nocciolata though! It was rich & creamy, left a nice after taste in your mouth. My mom ordered a scoop of Vanilla & Fragola (Strawberry). The Strawberry Gelato was very refreshing, tasted like a creamy sorbet & would highly recommend it. The plain Vanilla was really tasty as well, you could tell that it used quality Vanilla pods in the making of the Gelato.
Joe Delucci’s have over 20 flavours of Gelato & Sorbets. A 2 scoop cone or tub is £3 & can also be made into a milkshake. If you want to see if there is a Gelato Parlour near you, check out the Store Finder.
- Food - 9/109/10
- Service - 8/108/10
- Value - 6/106/10