No. 5, Alexandra Place (ODEL), Colombo 7
Posted by Bhagya · Last updated on 6 August 2014
We've had quite a few new ice cream parlors pop up over the past few years (no complaints from us!), but Il Gelato still reigns supreme when it comes to high quality ice cream. There's just this small issue of having to empty your wallet for a few scoops..
Posted by indi · Last updated on 14 November 2012
We’ve covered Il-Gelato before for Fro-Yo purposes but the city’s best (I’m putting it out there) ice-cream parlour deserves a more detailed exploration. This place serves very good ice-cream and, unusually for SL, has maintained high standards for over a decade. The cream-based chocolate and nut flavours are particularly excellent (I recommend Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pistachio) while the lighter more sorbet-consistency fruit flavours (go for passion fruit and fruits of the forest) are sharp and refreshing.
Really at the main branches – Duplication Road at the Lauries road corner and Odels you get consistently world class ice cream. It’s owned by Italians and tastes like real Italian Gelato to me…
The Duplication Road branch is also opened quite late so till midnight on Friday and Saturday night you can avail yourself of Italian-standard gelato- this is really a great amenity and makes this hot city that much more liveable. But while Il-Gelato’s efforts to serve Colombo’s sweltering citizens great ice cream is appreciated there’s a problem with their creamy perfection; the price.
Il Gelato is expensive; at Rs 200 a cup it’s a dent in your wallet and the cones are 300!. For a scoop of ice cream it struggles to be worth it even though it’s a class above for the price of a scoop you can buy a tub of Elephant house or Highland. Sometimes though you really don’t want a tub oh Highland you want you want rich and delicious cold cream that’s a dessert in itself and not just a functional base for milk shakes. When the craving for high quality ice cream does strikes Il Gelato’s is your best option( much superior to Baskin Robins and better than a badly stored Hagen Dasz tub from Cargills). But you do need to confront the price.
Posted by shru · Last updated on 21 September 2012
Having sampled the frozen yoghurt at both Aviraté Café and Yo-Mo the final contendor in Colombo's triumvirate of froyos remained Il Gelato.
Il Gelato sells ice cream - about 16 different flavours - and has an outlet at ODEL as well as a branch on Duplication Road. We've had their ice cream before and always liked it, but never got round to trying the yoghurt.
They sell one flavour - plain - but it's really quite good. The yoghurt is nice and tart, and not too ice-creamy as can sometimes be the case with frozen yoghurt. It's not cheap though - one scoop cost a surprising Rs. 240. We also had a scoop of the fruits of the forest. This is a delicious delicious ice cream, nice and tangy and full of berries, but at Rs. 320 for a scoop it's just too expensive. Who can afford that? You can get a litre of Kotmale for like Rs. 200.
The froyo at Il Gelato is good, really good. We might even like it best out of the three despite the lack of other flavours, but it's still far too expensive for such a tiny treat. Stick with Yo-Mo. It's tasty and affordable.