D’Ambrosio Gelateria Artigianale

Written by on October 19, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(dambrosiogelato.com) – Ballard
How I heard of this place: Other than walks past the gelato shop in Ballard, I had not given much thought to it, until my friend Ashley raved about it all summer. One more stroll by the window of this small gelateria and I had to schedule an outing specifically to sample the authentic Italian iced creations!
Type of cuisine: Artisanal gelato prepared in the traditional, authentic Italian way. Fresh, natural and organic ingredients, many of which are imported directly from Italy (pistachios from Sicily and hazelnuts from Piedmont), are used to make the limited, daily handmade gelato flavors in store. No artificial additives are used in the process. The slow churn method allows for the proper amount of air to enter the creamy creations to satisfy every ice craving with half the fat and half the calories. “Our gelato is produced the old-fashioned Italian way, bringing unsurpassed quality, richness, nutrition and flavor to Seattle and continuing a tradition started with the Romans 2000 years ago when they would collect ice from the Vesuvius and Etna volcanoes to prepare a honey-covered ice dessert.”
Ambiance: A walk-in shop with limited seating available to dine-in customers, a spacious establishment welcomes patrons. Walk up to the glass display of over twenty flavors of fresh-made gelato. Sample one, or four flavors before making your selection because everything looks good! Be careful, though, because sampling gives you more delicious flavors, sometimes making it difficult to choose just one, or two…Colorful and bright, the space is also calm and serene.
What I ordered: I had to sample something, and wanted to ask for more, but was slightly embarrassed, even though the young man behind the counter did not seem to mind in the least. My dining companion sampled the seasonal pumpkin and ordered a small bowl with two flavors ($3.85) including chocolate hazelnut and dark coffee. I sampled the dark coffee (toffee-colored), and a coffee cream (white), the banana and the tiramisu. While I loved them all, the taste that suited me most on this cold, crisp and sunny fall afternoon was the banana. Given the opportunity to choose either one or two flavors in my small bowl, I could not turn down the second and went for the highly recommended (Ashley’s favorite) strawberry!
What I loved: I am sad to say that I cannot narrow down the options enough to say I enjoyed only one. What I loved is that I have found the best gelato in Seattle! I love the fresh flavors and the natural, light, delicious tastes of real Italian gelato in a quaint neighborhood in Seattle! This is a reason to stay in Seattle, move to Seattle, or visit from overseas!
Why I loved it: Everything about this place screams delicious! The welcoming atmosphere, quaint and warm, not being restricted to number of samples and the very neighborhood feel of D’Ambrosio. I just love it and would not only recommend it highly to friends and family (and strangers), but would easily return at any suggestion.
Cost: Low to average ($3.50 – $5.75 for one to four flavors in a bowl; $1 extra for waffle cones)

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