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In a recent weekend visit to Vancouver BC we had the chance to stop by Bella Gelateria (map) to try their “world” renowned gelato.

I first learned about them when I was reading an Italian article about the top 10 gelato places outside Italy.

Bella Gelateria has been racking up a fair share of accolades.

2014 Winner – North American Gelato World Tour Championship
Held May 9-11 Austin Texas

2014 Winner – Georgia Straight Newspaper – Golden Plate Award – Best gelato/Ice Cream

2014 2nd Place – Vancouver International Wine Festival Wine & Food Pairing

2014 Winner – Westender Newspaper – Reader’s Choice Best Gelato/Ice Cream

2013 Named 1 of The Top 20 Artisan’s of Canada – Ace Bakery Artisan Incubator

2013 Winner – Westender Newspaper – Reader’s Choice Best Gelato/Ice Cream

2012 Winner – Technical Jury, Florence International Gelato Festival, Italy

2012 Winner – People’s Choice Award, Florence International Gelato Festival, Italy

2012 Winner – Westender Newspaper – Reader’s Choice Best Gelato/Ice Cream

2011 Gelato Pioneer Award – “The Father” – Carpigiani Group, Italy

What’s the verdict?

The gelato texture and creaminess (not sure it’s a word) was fantastic. So on the technical merits Bella Gelateria scores very high. It is On par of some of the best gelato places in Italy.

I found the flavor to not have as much bite and freshness of the ingredients coming through. That’s were the true outstanding gelato separates itselft from the wannabes.

Overall though it’s still a a good gelato and worth the 5-10mins wait.

They do get bonus points for the to-go box. That’s an old school container that they use. It reminds me of what my grandpa would bring back on a Sat evening. Good stuff.

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