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Pictured: Cassis Gelato et Sorbet Maison (137B rue Principal, Aylmer).

Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s best gelato

By Hannah Manning on July 22, 2016

It’s summer in the city and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a cool treat! With so many delicious places to grab a cone, here’s a follow up to our Best of: Ice Cream post, Best of: Gelato!

Compared to ice cream, gelato is made with more milk and churned at a much slower rate, making for a denser, creamier product. You’ll often see tubs of gelato decorated with fruit, chocolate bars, cookies—great ways to help you decide which flavour to buy.


Stella Luna's mobile cart. Photo by @slgelato on Instagram.

Stella Luna’s mobile cart. Photo by @slgelato on Instagram.

Stella Luna Gelato Café
1103 Bank Street (Old Ottawa South)

Ask anyone in Ottawa where to find the best gelato and it’s likely you’ll be sent to Stella Luna. This is a must visit. There’s a shop in Old Ottawa South plus Stella Luna’s travelling cart found around downtown and at markets and festivals. Stella Luna’s mission, according to their website, is to “make you fall helplessly, head over heels in love with gelato.” Mission accomplished!


Two scoops by Mantovani 1946. Photo by Hannah Manning.

Mantovani 1946
87 Murray Street (ByWard Market)

One of two newcomers to the ByWard Market (the other being Sash Gelato Café), Mantovani 1946 opened this year on Murray Street. Their shop is as beautiful as their gelato is delicious. I’m looking forward to enjoying gelato this winter by Mantovani’s cozy fireplace. For Nutella fans out there, don’t miss Mantovani’s chocolate hazelnut! Pro tip: enjoy a fresh pizza at Fiazza and then head across the street for some gelato.


Photo by Hannah Manning.

Piccolo Grande storefront on Murray Street. Photo by Hannah Manning.

Piccolo Grande
55 Murray Street (ByWard Market)

Just up the street from Mantovani 1946 is Piccolo Grande, another great option. Described by some as the best gelato in Ottawa, this shop is in a beautiful historic stone building near the market. With a huge selection of fruit flavours, classics and interesting twists (hello, matcha!), there’s something here for everyone.


Photo by Hannah Manning.

Pure Gelato’s former ByWard Market location. Photo by Hannah Manning.

Pure Gelato
350 Elgin Street (Centretown) & 843 Bank Street (The Glebe)

With a brand new location in The Glebe and the always busy Elgin location, you can easily get your Pure Gelato fix! In addition to serving homemade recipes, they serve sweet/savoury crepes as well as panini. It’s their ByWard Market location which has recently closed to move into the Glebe.


Photo by @gelatini_gelato on Instagram.

Walnuts top this tub by Gelatini. Photo by @gelatini_gelato on Instagram.

Gelatini
344 Preston Street (Little Italy)

The list wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Little Italy! Nestled on Preston Street just by the 417, Gelatini often has a lineup out the door. Their house made gelato can be dished out in a cup or cone, but my favourite is to grab a takeout container and head to Dow’s Lake to enjoy with some friends


Photo by Cassis Gelato et Sorbet Maison.

Roxy and T-Bone enjoy a special dog treat. Photo by Cassis Gelato et Sorbet Maison (Facebook).

Cassis Gelato et Sorbet Maison
137B rue Principale (Aylmer)

Fear not, mes amis, I haven’t forgotten about Cassis Gelato! A favourite of gelato lovers on both sides of the river, Cassis Gelato serves homemade gelato and sorbet, and was recently named one of the best places to eat artisan gelato and sorbet in all of Quebec! Bring along your four-legged friends as Cassis make for dogs a special gelato treat! Just be mindful not to visit on a Tuesday as they’ll be closed.