Vancouver is the home of many things, as well as the 2012 Winner of the Florence Gelato Festival. A Canadian winning a gelato award in Italy? Yup. Today’s weather was perfect for gelato, so my friend and I went to the well-known, award winning Bella Gelateria to grab some dessert. Bella Gelateria uses high quality ingredients in their hand crafted gelato.
What’s that? Oh, just a very long line up outside the shop before crossing the street.
The place isn’t very big, but their love for gelato is! The long line up speaks for itself!
Sorry for posting a bunch of pictures of people and lineups. Normally restaurants like this aren’t as people crowded as this! There are screens at the side (top left of the picture above) displaying the gelato flavours. Some flavours are seasonal, and some are standard, and some flavours change everyday. There was a whole bunch to choose from, so thank goodness there was a long line up to buy me some time!
You can choose 1-3 flavours in a cup or cone(more expensive), and I bought the 2 flavour option in a cup for $5.98 + tax. A bit pricey, but absolutely worth it if you are looking for genuine gelato.
I chose the Hazelnut and Black Sesame gelato. I’ve been on a black sesame trend lately, no idea why, and the richness of the flavour blew my mind! I could taste the sesame seeds and the cream from the gelato all in one. It was a delicious bite. The hazelnut was equally amazing. I love hazelnut (I can eat Kinder bueno bars daily) and both flavours tasted rich and authentic. The cup lasted around five minutes in my hand.
My friend chose seasonal sorbetto (non-dairy) instead- lychee and mango.
The mango was delicious, but the lychee was even better and delicious. (I got to try a scoop!) It was legit lychee. Not powder, flavoured stuff in bubble teas.
Bella Gelateria is located near Waterfront, perfect to stroll and eat there, or enjoy the scenery there with a cup of delicious dessert in your hand. They offer various traditional and unique flavours (lavender, earl grey, salted caramel, rose/noodles, matcha), and I think everyone will find something to enjoy!
I will definitely be back for some fruity sorbetto next time!