Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday); 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Other Branches (Within Metro Manila): Serendra (Taguig), SM Megamall (Mandaluyong), Shangri-La Plaza (Mandaluyong)
Don't you just love a good piece of ice cream? Sure, Gelatissimo Cafe also has coffee, biscotti and cakes. (Hey, it's still a "café," after all.) But gelato (Italian for "ice cream") is definitely the café's staple.
Compared to other types of ice cream, gelato is creamier and denser. That's because it has a lower air content: Between 25 to 30 percent, as opposed to ice cream's 50 percent. At the same time, it has a lower amount of milkfat (between 3 to 8 percent) than regular ice cream (between 14 to 17 percent). The reduced amount of milkfat lessens the need for sugar to bring out the flavors, so gelato is generally healthier than store-bought ice cream.
However, there are caveats. If you add chocolate sauce, caramel and other flavorings on top of your gelato, you'd be consuming more calories. Also, Gelatissimo published a nutritional breakdown of each flavor on their site, so be sure to check that out before ordering.
Now that we're done geeking, let's get back to Gelatissimo itself.
A Brief Background
Gelatissimo has been in the country for a while now. Despite its name, it actually originated in Australia. Later, it put up its first Philippine branch in Cebu, before opening up in Greenbelt. Since then, it's been pulling in foodies from all over the Metro.
The cafe claims to recreate the gelato experience in Florence, by "incorporating Italian music, photographs and a romantic Italian experience." It has also won numerous awards (though the website doesn't specify which awards). We'll take a closer look at these claims, so you can decide for yourself whether the store is worth a visit.
The cafe is pretty easy to find. If you're coming from the corner of Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue (on the block where SGV is), look for a stairway/escalator. Climb it, walk left, then right, until you see the entrance to Greenbelt 5. The first thing you'll see to your left is the Gelatissimo Cafe.
Also, the way the counter is set up, it's hard to tell where you should fall in line. A little marker here and there would've been nice. Otherwise, Gelatissimo Cafe is great for meeting up with business partners, catching up with friends and having an all-around good time.
As much as we wanted to try every flavor, there's only so much room in this piece (not to mention our stomachs!) So we tried their Coppa Tre (Php230), which allows for three scoops of gelato and five toppings: whipped cream, fresh cherry, chocolate sauce, fan wafer and nuts. For those with nut allergies, consider yourself forewarned.
For this review, we had one scoop of Cioccolato Americano (American Chocolate), Fruitti di Bosco (Forest Berries) and Rockmelon. According to the menu, this beauty can serve 1 – 3 persons.
One of the most notable things about Gelatissimo is they allow you to "taste test" each flavor, using a small, disposable plastic spoon. This way, you'll know beforehand if what you're about to order is worth the price. Of course, you'll have to deposit your used spoon into the box provided on the counter.
Perhaps because of this, Gelatissimo's staff are generally patient. During our visit, there was one middle-aged lady who took a long time to order, because she couldn't find a flavor that wasn't "too sweet" for her. Luckily, there weren't too many people at the time!
Considering that this is a dessert parlor, where the ingredients for most offerings are ready-made, you'd think they'd serve the dishes faster. However, they still took some time with our Coppa Tre — which is great! (At least they don't slap together ingredients fastfood-style.) They'd probably serve faster if we ordered the standard, single-scoop pieces.
If you're looking for an "authentic" Florence dessert parlor, you might be disappointed. Design-wise, Gelatissimo Cafe could do better. But if you're just looking for a place to stay, with a rich cup of gelato or two, this cafe is right up your alley. We give them a rating of 8.0/10.