Il Gelato

No. 5, Alexandra Place (ODEL), Colombo 7

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..

Flavours & Variety

Il Gelato has been around for over a decade now (yeah that long) and has managed to consistently maintain their high quality. We'd say it's almost on par with Italian gelatos (certainly the closest thing available here). The problem for most of us though, is the fact that the price reciprocates the quality. In other words, the stuff here is expensive.


They've got a whole bunch of different flavours to choose from with some interesting ones like dark chocolate fondante, tiramisu and puffi. Now we'd all love to have a go at these, but the problem is Rs. 300 for a scoop is kinda' insane neh? The first thing the average person is gonna think is the fact that he can get a tub of local ice cream for less.

They've got a some specials like banana split and gelato maxi which are priced at Rs.650 - Rs.725, which generally come with 3 scoops of ice cream and toppings. That's still expensive but slightly better than the price of a single scoop.This time around we tried the chocolate, oreo, strawberry sherbert and biscotto flavours.


The oreo was the best of the bunch. It was rich, creamy and had chunks of oreos in it which you would get in every spoonful. The strawberry in contrast was fresh and refreshing, acting as a good palate cleanser after the richness of the oreo. One thing's for sure, these guys know how to do a great sorbet.


The biscotto was not as great as the oreo. The ice cream was still rich, but the flavour of biscuit batter was a bit too mild, but we're probably being nitpicky here. The chocolate ice cream here is probably the best you'll get anywhere in Sri Lanka. It's chocolatey in all the right ways.


Il Gelato still has the best ice cream in town, with some funky flavours to boot. They're still pretty damn expensive, but that's the price you have to be willing to pay for the best.



If you're planning on going for 2 scoops, go for the cup over the gelato kinder (glass bowl). They use a traditional scooper for the latter, so the scoops are smaller.
Posted by on 14 November 2012
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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.


To get value for money from your visit to Colombo’s best Italian Ice Cream Parlour my suggestion is to always get a Sundae. While 300 rupees for a cone is ludicrous the Sundaes which have 3 scoops of ice cream are Rs 550. That includes added trimmings like marron glaces, piles of whipped cream and chocolate sauce which enhances the value factor. You can chose your flavours and share a sundae between two and I suspect you’ll leave satisfied. The Banana split, and Marron Glace Sundae are my favourites.

For simple ice cream satisfaction – go for a banana split with one scoop of Nocciola, one of dark chocolate and one of ameretto.  Again each flavour is really distinct and the taste of  hazelnut, amareto or pistachio really comes through. Slathered with cream and chocolate sauce this is a pretty perfect cooling confection.
Posted by on 21 September 2012
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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.


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  • Ruthinsir

    Tsk Tsk Kotmale ice cream, shru ? :)

    23 September 2012 01:25 PM Reply
    • Ruthinsir

      You're absolutely right though, 1 L delicious creamy Kotmale ice cream >> Measly scoop of overpriced I.G. ice cream.

      23 September 2012 01:27 PM Reply
      • rumi

        Roger that. Il Gelato is good, no doubt, but way overpriced. It's not worth the money. You can buy 3 local ice cream tubs for the price of one Il Gelato. Place is good for millionaires only.

        24 September 2012 05:37 PM Reply
  • D

    While it is expensive, their white chocolate ice cream is to die for and i am happily willing to part with my money for a scoop of white chocolate ice cream! :)

    29 November 2012 01:21 PM Reply
  • Jeeves

    Has anyone been to the Il Gelato at 7 Storey Ranjanas? How is the ambiance.

    28 May 2013 01:01 PM Reply
  • Niro

    There is a small Italian joint in Negombo called Dolce Vita they make ice cream really good stuff very reasonable too

    11 June 2013 01:07 PM Reply
  • Sasha

    As a person visiting from abroad, Rs. 200 for a scoop of ice-cream is pretty cheap compared to the ice-cream we buy that cost about $4 -$5 . So in my opinion, it is definitely worth the price. Quit whining people.

    01 January 2014 07:58 AM Reply
  • iesh

    the scoops are getting smaller and smaller while the prices remains ones wallet in tears… every ice cream addicts worse nightmare

    04 January 2014 08:50 AM Reply
  • Kit

    Yamu, you have to go and try out that new gelato place on Havelock road! I think its called Caramello. Go go go

    17 January 2014 06:01 AM Reply
  • anne

    @hamidahflores. Dnt ask stupid q's. When u were in skul, did u eat at d canteen if only halal foods were there? Nw only u all searchn 4 halal. Stupid ppl.

    05 August 2014 05:13 AM Reply
  • Rachitha

    This gelato is fake compared to the real gelato served by pedlars in the gallefort - I would say that is why the il gelato in the gallefort is going out of business!

    Im sure the il gelato owners thought they could fool people long enough by serving plain ol icecream - games up mobsters.

    05 August 2014 06:29 AM Reply
  • zeeniwakeel

    It's expensive if I wanted to eat ice cream everyday (which I shouldn't be doing anyways for the sake of my heart health). I mean, why would I want to sit with a 3L tub of sub-par ice cream when I can treat myself on occasion to this deliciousness for the same price?
    Quality over quantity people.

    05 August 2014 06:33 AM Reply
  • Lucky

    Seriously…? You looking for Halal even for an Ice-Cream.? Well… This might be halal, but the air you breath or the blood generates within you is not. ;)

    05 August 2014 06:35 AM Reply
  • Niki

    Halala ? LOL What a funny question

    05 August 2014 07:32 AM Reply
  • JudeH

    There is this new place on Thudalla road Ja-ela called "Carmello" and also a branch in front of the old keels supper on Colombo - Chilaw main road in Negombo. prices are reasonable but their stuff is really good.

    05 August 2014 09:35 AM Reply
  • Akila

    here is the thing @Sasha, When you earn in $ and think in rupees it will obviously be cheap!! try earning in rupees and then see how expensive it is!!

    19 August 2014 06:18 AM Reply
  • Shamal

    for all Idiots who lashed back at the question being asked if its halal, well its a relgious thing for muslims where certain things are prohibitted by their religion and every part of the pig are used in different ways, like gelatine from pig etc, so the question by muslims asking for halal food is reasonable, you scoff at questions like this, in western countries like US jews make a small group of the population but Kosher certified marks appear on food wrapping without no one making a fuss, you talk 2500 years of history seems like US with 400 years are better civilized,

    10 September 2014 05:37 AM Reply