La Paloma Gelateria & Café
1357 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6E 1C5
La Paloma Gelateria & Café has been serving their unique chilly mixtures to hoards of fans since 1967.
|Cuisine Type |||Desserts, Ice Cream Parlor, Pizza, Sandwiches|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Neighbourhood |||Uptown West/Weston|
|Getting There |||St. Clair streetcar|
|Cross Street |||St. Clair and Lansdowne|
Profile Last Updated: December 11, 2008
Located, rather appropriately, in Corso Italia (the northern Italian enclave), La Paloma Gelateria & Café has prospered in the area since 1967. With three other parlours around the GTA (one in Woodbridge, two in Vaughan), the success of these gelato shops can be attributed to decades of experience in preparing this European icy mixture. Alongside La Paloma’s staple product are a slew of pastries, cakes, sandwiches, pizza, and desserts—all made in-house daily.
A Frozen Pleasure
Gelato differs from ice cream since it is made with milk—not cream. Ice creams tend to have air whipped in, but gelato is air-free which results in a denser blend. Best of all, the ingredients that go into gelato contain less fat than ice cream, and this without sacrificing the rich and creamy taste. Better yet, the fruit-based gelati have almost no fat at all. Since La Paloma imports their bases from Italy and uses the freshest local ingredients, the parlours have enjoyed incredible fanfare by a number of publications throughout the city.
Sweet and Simple
At La Paloma, fifty or more flavours are on display at any given time, adding seasonal favourites during the summertime. Fruity concoctions include banana, cherry, coconut, lemon, and mango. Sweet treats like amaretto, chocolate hazelnut, caramel, chocolate orange, and honey custard are among the delightful desserts. And for the truly decadent, cheesecake, sponge cake, apple strudel, and English trifle. If you just want to keep it simple, La Paloma also offers sorbets, frozen yogurt, and soya flavours.