It may be a stretch to consider opening a gelato store a civic duty. But public service is what Fatima Haymour and her fellow entrepreneurs had in mind when they opened La Carraia Gelato, the new treat sweet shop located downtown at 10067 109 St.

“It’s something to make people happy,” said Haymour, one of the co-owners of the local outlet of this international gelato chain, based in Florence, Italy. “People are never upset when they are eating ice cream.”

Italian ice cream has been served for years in a few rare locations in the city, such as Rosso Pizzeria (8738 109 St.), Cococo (10103 124 St.), Fantasia Caffé (10230 Jasper Ave.), Leva (11053 86 Ave.) and Block 1912 (10361 82 Ave.). But now, the dessert is popping up in other city locales. La Carraia is just one of a growing number of icy outlets that make gelato (with a milk base) and sorbet (dairy-free) right on site.

Haymour says her shop, the first for the brand in Canada, has been voted the top gelato in Italy. Although the milk in the product (churned fresh daily in the back of the shop) comes from Alberta, many of the other ingredients come from Italy.

La Carraia also sells an Italian coffee called Mokasirs, the only place in the city for that brand.

Patrons can eat gelato in the shop, which has 11 seats inside, and 12 on the patio, or order a carton to go. The cartons keep the ice cream solid for an hour and home delivery is available through Skip the Dishes.

St. Albert is home to two, new gelato outlets. One is at the Italian Bakery’s Mercato, which celebrates its grand opening Saturday at 120 Bellerose Dr. There, owner Adamo Rosso and gelato master Paolo Pucci, pride themselves on owning a gelato machine imported from Italy, and on the roughly 20 flavours of gelato and sorbeto created for the menu. Five gelatos and three sorbetos are available each day in flavours including lemon, bubble gum, and strachitella (vanilla with Nutella). The sorbetos are made fresh with products found in the store, including strawberries and mangoes.

Also new to St. Albert is a storefront for DaVinci Gelato. Gelato queen and co-owner Yvonne Irnich has been making top-quality products for the past couple of years for all the Famoso locations in the Edmonton area, but now she’s expanded customer access with a …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Lifestyle

      

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