I really think I’ve found my ultimate favorite dessert! It was by happenstance on a randomly warm Wednesday afternoon in March. I craved something sweet, refreshing, light and yet decadent. I had tons of work to do so asked my friend who was heading out to grab some “ice-cream like” treat.
Being the idealist that I am I told her what I couldn’t do. No Hagen-Daaz, no Breyers, no Turkey Hill…Edy’s could’ve worked but still was not exactly what my buds were begging for! I knew I wanted something…zesty! She finally came back, looking a little defeated but still bearing gifts. I carefully opened the bag and saw the colorful but simple pint of…Gelato??? Ok…we we’re trying something new here. I’ve never purchased gelato by the pint from a supermarket. I had expected icecream, sorbet or even frozen fruit bars, but gelato?? Hey, it didn’t matter, I finally had the cold sweet treat I was craving! I opened it and took a spoonful. Hmmm, good. Then I took another…Wow, this is pretty delish. Then I took my third…and suddenly a light bulb went off. Well it was a little more than a light bulb, it was like…a tidal wave of joy and sunlight! Each bite had chunks of sweet and tart strawberries. It was creamy but not dense but most importantly…it tasted of pure fruit. Being ever the recipe stealer…I looked at the ingredients list and to my delight (!!) strawberries were the first ingredient! No ice cream has FRUIT as the first ingredient. I was beyond content. Finally, I discovered the true joys of gelato- Flavor not mulled by tons of cream, egg and sugar…just pure fruit flavor with a touch of cream.
Since that blessed Wednesday afternoon…I’ve consistenly had some Ciao Bella frozen treat in my freezer. I believe if you know what’s best why settle for less? This is the same thinking behind the cuisine here at Dining With Grace, we believe in using the best ingredients, enhancing true flavors, and standing for high quality in cuisine and service. I love what you’re doing Ciao Bella, keep it up!