In my quest to find the perfect scoop, I have tried many different scoops including ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, and sorbet. No matter the type of frozen treat, I evaluate three main features - flavor, flavor intensity, and consistency (or texture). Does the ice cream taste like it is intended (if it is advertised as chocolate does it taste like chocolate)? Does one spoonful deliver a mouthful of intense flavor or does it fall flat? What does the ice cream feel like on my tongue? Smooth? Silky? Milky? Icey (bad)? So many questions to ask. I usually make my determination in the first few bites. Rarely do I finish a scoop feeling utterly disappointed, but there have been a few occasions. As you will note, most of my reviews are pretty positive.
In New Orleans, it turns out that there are more gelato makers than ice cream makers. So what would I think of Angelo Brocato's version of gelato?
Before visiting Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, I had heard many good things. Apparently, these guys are the real deal gelato makers from Italy. At 12 years of age, the Angelo Brocato began working as an apprentice at an ice cream parlor in Palermo, Italy. He then moved to the states and worked on a sugar plantation in New Orleans until he earned enough money to open a small ice cream shop in the French Quarter. In 1905, he moved his shop to a larger location and opened the city's first sit-down parlor. To this day, his direct descendants own and run the Angelo Brocato Ice Cream shop. The gelato recipe as well as recipes for Italian cookies, pastries, and candies have been passed down from generation to generation. How could this be bad?
As I walked into the shop, I had high hopes. Still decorated to look like the original ice cream parlor, the store was warm and inviting. The staff were eager to help me make the best choice by providing tastes as needed. I chose the Amaretto gelato. Joy! Rapture! I have tried other excellent gelatos in town with bold flavor and good texture, but THIS gelato has the consistency and flavor that I have been searching for! Light, creamy texture that easily melts on your tongue. Intense toasted almond flavor...I could have eaten the entire container! My husband tried the Praline gelato and enjoyed it very much.
Located in Mid-City, this store is definitely worth the trip. Next time I will have to sample some of the pastries because they looked delectable. Good place to go if you are looking for great gelato, good atmosphere, and yummy Italian favorites (they even have Spumoni!).
Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionery, Inc.
214 N. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119