We are neighbours, so we walked there through the cold and snow. Like this place, lots of floor space and nice seating arrangements so it is a great place to just go spur of the moment for a relaxed evening outing. The texture and consistency of the gelato makes it rank high here in Ottawa and does remind me of gelato in Italy. I've had some really good flavours there and some that are more average but still quite nice. They change the flavours often and often have some seasonal gelato offerings which is fun. I once tried the hot chocolate and yes it is good, follows the melt-a-slab-of-chocolate and pour the resulting thick liquid in a cup idea, but at over $5 with tax, this isn't just a quick treat you want to hand to a kid. I find it a bit rich (and I say this rarely about desserts) and would have been happier with half the serving (if the price was halved too of course!). I also made the mistake of getting it to walk back home with. It's more of the make an occasion of it (sit-and-sip-and-savor-it) type of drink. The business appears to be doing well, often line-ups but unless it's summer, not too bad. Seems that family and friend groups arrive in bulk. A few things they may want to watch, the light patterned arm chairs are a bit grotty in place due to the sticky fingered clientele and though they are open into the evening, I have found that their baked offerings and desserts look too much of a side bar as they appear pretty picked over by late afternoon/evening, not so enticing. This is a shame because I recently tried a cookie (fought a sample away from a 3 1/2 year old) and it was very tasty. Hadn't been since what must have been a few months until a week ago. Came with a friend and her near melting down post canal toddler. The cookie and ambience revived us all and waitress who came to clear our table very kind and tolerant about the toddlers table habits. Table far enough that the older gentleman opposite seemed to enjoy the youthful antics too. So yes, came again last night, not sure I'd go through the snow for gelato normally but remembered certificate for small gelato received from hot chocolate order (broken machine resulted in long wait) but unfortunately it had expired, not quite so fun. I think they kind of missed the point of giving out the certificate in the first place.
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