Eating & Drinking

101 TASTES ISSUE: Spotlight on #1, #2, and #3 — decadent ice creams and gelato for your summer list

Ethereal, whimsical, daring, and just plain delicious — Ottawa Magazine’s summer ‘101 Tastes’ issue provides the ultimate must-try list for local gourmands. Try all 101. Available on newsstands throughout July and August, or order online.

Check out previously posted picks here: #19 (Dick’s triple-dipped chocolate milkshake); #21 (Beyond the Pale Pink Fuzz); #43 (rhubarb tart from Three Tarts); and #89 (Taboo from Absinthe Cafe). 


Cold comfort: Pistachio (top), black sesame (middle), and Merry Dairy frozen custard (bottom) all made the 101 Tastes list for 2013. Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux Studio

#1. Pistachio gelato from Gelatini Gelato 
What price elbow grease? Well, get yourself a cone of Gelatini’s pistachio gelato and find out. We ask Gelatini’s owner, Monica Pilotti, why on earth she shells the pistachios by hand. And why squeeze lemons one by one with that little glass reamer? Is she not aware there are machines for these purposes?

She smiles ruefully, as though she knows that the answer proves she never went to business school. “I found the lemon juice bitter when I used the electric machines. And the shellers impart a metallic tang to the ice cream that takes away from the purity of the pistachio flavour.” Right. So the nuts are roasted and then shelled by hand, and the lemons are squeezed the way our grandmas did it, and that’s just the way it is when you care deeply about your product. You taste that care: hands down, the best pistachio gelato in the city. From $3.50. Gelatini Gelato, 344 Preston St., 613-235-8050.  ~ Anne DesBrisay