In the midst of yesterday’s sweltering heat, I visited Toronto’s newest gelateria and ordered every one of their 25 flavours. While that might sound crazy and excessive, it was all done in the name of this month’s Dine & Dish event, where Sarah of The Delicious Life asked us visit to a restaurant less than a year old. To help me with my gelato indulgence, I invited my food loving friends, Ken and Nancy to join me in my visit to the six week old Solferino Café.
Located in Toronto’s picturesque St. Lawrence Market district, Solferino Café is spacious and elegant in décor. Rows of dimly lit lamps hang from its lofty ceiling, and four tables, an espresso bar, and two Barcelona chairs let customers relax and escape from the humid Toronto summer. A ten foot window separates the kitchen from the dining area, and gives a glimpse of Solferino’s gelato makers in action. The store boasts a selection of 17 gelatos and 8 sorbettos that are made in-store daily.
In my two previous visits to Solferino, I ordered the small and medium sized cups, priced at $3.25 and $3.95 respectively. The scoops were very generous, and Solferino’s staff were happy to let me sample different flavours before I placed my order. Today however, we decided to order four $6 bowls each containing six medium-sized scoops.
For 90 minutes we sat at the bar eating nothing but gelato and sorbetto. Our first bowl contained lemon, cranberry, strawberry, mango, guava and Andean blackberry sorbettos. We unanimously chose guava as our favourite from this bowl for its refreshing and intense flavour. The sweet and creamy mango sorbetto came in a close second. My least favourite of the six was the lemon sorbetto, which I reminded me of bitter lemon pith.