Foodbuzz 24 24 24: Gelato 24 ways

Have I mentioned how much I love Foodbuzz and their monthly 24 24 24 event... L O V E it!!! The wonderful people there along with Visa Signature card have let me do it again and host a Gelato 24 ways tasting!! (actually it was gelato 20 ways... they only had 20 flavors that night whoops!) Either way we were all going to get together at Mona Lisa Cafe to get our gelato on!

See the guys hanging out in front... they totally harassed me about taking their picture LOL (they were joking)! So that guy to the left owns It's a Guy Thing across the street, so here's your shout out! You better leave me a comment so I know you saw this!! :D

Mona Lisa Cafe is out in Webster NY (basically a suburb to the east of Rochester). My one friend asked me "how the he!! did you ever find this place?" It's true, it's not the most convenient place for me to travel to... but OH MAN IS IT WORTH IT!!!!

I first learned of Mona Lisa Cafe soon after it opened (May 2008) and it was the gelato that drew me there! You see, growing up in norther NJ, we had a lot of gelato around... then I moved up here and *POOF* no more gelato... it's a very sad story if you ask me! So when I heard a little cafe offering TWENTY-FOUR kinds of gelato had opened, I knew I had to go! (and PS to all those Rochester folk saying "what are you talking about there is a gelato place on park ave" yeahhh... I don't know about you.. but I tried it... and it didn't taste like gealto to me... more like normal ice cream... no thanks!)

Angie was our hostess with the mostest while we were there!!! She ROCKED!!!! She's one of the owners and was over the top wonderful to us! She set us up for the tasting and told us all about the favorite flavors of customers and how they come up with some of the crazy flavors... like this one:


Cotton Candy- seriously... it tasted just like the stuff, in gelato form... no weird chemically taste either, just instant memories of being a little kid with a face covered in sticky cotton candy glue.

Another reason I love gelato... it's only made with 4% milk fat... ice cream is made with anywhere from 20-30% milk fat. AKA gelato is a less fattening option (HELL YEAH!!!) Here are some other interesting gelato facts (click the image to make it larger).


The owners of Mona Lisa Cafe bought their gelato machine straight from Italy and a cute little Italian man taught them all the secrets, along with his recipes! He still shows up when he has new recipe ideas (popcorn was the last one before cotton candy!!). Believe it or not, Angie said it was a hit!!!

As for the flavor that was our number 1 that night for my crew: (drum roll please)


Amaretto!!!! My mom was so jealous that they had it and she wasn't there to have some. The place by us in NJ never carries Amaretto anymore for some reason... boo to them and WOOHOO to Mona Lisa Cafe!!

The second runner up was peanut butter! Man it was SO GOOD!!!!

An important note about eating gelato if you are under the age of 3... always use two spoons and wear a bib :)


Wondering what the other flavors were?? (Scroll over the image to see the flavor)



OH and if you are still hungry after eating to your eyeballs in gelato... they have a full menu of panini's, salads, and a HUGE selection of Italian cookies and cakes :) They will also happily accommodate larger groups. Just give them a call and they will get you all set up!

Is anyone else feeling like they just gained 5 lbs?? So tell me, which flavor do you think you'd like the best??

26 chews:

VeggieGirl said...

I think I'd love the Mona Lisa's BonBon, Chocolate Brandy Caramel Fudge, and Amaretto flavors the best :)

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Shannon said...

amaretto and pb-- oh my! i was just thinking i hadn't heard of it when I was there... but the i realized i wasn't there when it opened :) reason to go visit?

Megan said...

That's an awesome idea! Sounds like you had a lot of fun and tried a ton of gelato flavors!

Jenny said...

holy effin' freak-a-leakin gelato!

wow what fun the little girl is gorgeous

Jamie said...

My vote is for cotton candy and strawberry, yum. And yes, totally hungry after reading this now:)

Anne said...

ahhhhhhhh cotton candy! I want the cotton candy one! haha, they all look so amazing :D

craftygal86 said...

Usually pistachio is my all time favorite gelato flavor, but that amaretto one looks delicious too!

I think amaretto would be my favorite too!

Every since I left behind my ice cream machine in Vermont, I have been on a massive gelato tour throughout Europe.
Hazelnut, Orange and cinnamon, spekulatius- I might never come back! (Partially because they might not have a seat large enough for me)

Ang said...

OMG I LOVE GELATO! I live in rural WV so no gelato in sight around these parts. Everytime I travel I make a point to find gelato though! I think I'd pick the fig flavor. Sounds intriguing!

Can I please join you next time? This is fabulous!

There's an awesome place here that has this killer sea salt caramel gelato. To. die. for.

Juliana said...

Oh My! All of them look so yummie...too bad is a little to far for us to try it :-)

Natalie said...

Ohh man it all looks so good! I think cotton candy would have been my favorite!

Diana Bauman said...

Amaretto YUMM!! Congrats on the 24 post, great idea!!!

I can't pick a favorite!! I need to taste test them, all of them!! How lucky you are.

ooh that's awesome! i am leaving for europe in a couple days and cannot wait to try all their gelatos!!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Hellow, fellow "24"er!

Nice little spread of frozen goodies there. Do they happen to have pistachio?

stephchows said...

glad I can make you all drool! Nate-n-Annie they have had pistachio before but not this night :( they are constantly changing up their flavors and rotating all of the options :)

Rowena... said...

Now that you've mentioned popcorn, it'll be the flavor to try before I die. Heck, I live in gelato country and have never seen that flavor! *sob sob*

Oh how I miss Italy! My fav flavor is Nocciola. Its like nutella meets heaven in my mouth.

Rowena... said...

Now that you've mentioned popcorn, it'll be the flavor to try before I die. Heck, I live in gelato country and have never seen that flavor! *sob sob*

Oh how I miss Italy! My fav flavor is Nocciola. Its like nutella meets heaven in my mouth.

Every since I left behind my ice cream machine in Vermont, I have been on a massive gelato tour throughout Europe.
Hazelnut, Orange and cinnamon, spekulatius- I might never come back! (Partially because they might not have a seat large enough for me)

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