What a pleasant surprise! We have been voted the No. 1 frozen desert place — both ice cream and yogurt — in Niagara on the Lake by the readers of Niagara this Week, a popular local publication of the Toronto Star. So, what’s keep you???
And here is our Thank You! Grazie! ad for those who voted us the BEST!
SAY CIAO TO OUR NEWEST GELATO MAKER… Megan Maki, who has joined gelatiere Lorenzo Stangarone as a gelato maker with Il Gelato di Carlotta. Lorenzo, who trained Megan, tells us that she is almost up to steam and ready to take on the world of gelato.
In the attached photo, Lorenzo poses with his pupil, the first one to be followed by more. And she holds the fruit-in-fruit sorbetto that she made — orange and lemon sorbetto in hollowed out fresh oranges and lemons. In fact, many of the flavours you tasted at our gelateria were in all likelihood made by Megan — but of course you couldn’t tell because guess who trained her!
Megan is from the Northern Ontario city of Sault Ste. Marie. She grew up with Italians − her city has a large Italian community − and imbibed a fair amount of Italian culture. After securing a general Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Algoma University, Megan attended Algonquin College in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. It was here that she studied Baking and Pastry Arts.
As a trained pastry chef, we believe she will soon have a lot to add to the world of gelato! Welcome Megan!
WEDDING BELLS IN NIAGARA WINE COUNTRY! And Il Gelato di Carlotta lent a helping hand, with Lemon Aid if you like! We provided our cold favourite, lemon
gelato squeezed into a hollowed out lemon. Imagine a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard and a peach orchard side by side. The setting summer sun. Champagne, wine and merriment. Delicious course after course. And at the end, the classic Italian Limone, in a real fresh lemon. We gather from the wedding organizers that IT WAS A HIT! You can see our own Adeline Huffman in the foreground surrounded by the lemon-in-lemon gelato. And lemon is only one of several fruits that we use to make fresh gelato and offer them to you. Or you can ask us to bring over our yellow Italian gelato cart for your wedding. Imagine. An old fashioned gelato cart at your wedding. With an old fashion gelato server. So, when are you getting married? You know where we are!
This summer is going to be one of Earth and Sky for Il Gelato di Carlotta. We have signed up to be at the Earth & Sky Music Market event at the Bosc family-owned Chateau des Charmes winery in Niagara on the Lake, Canada. We were there on May 19 and will be back on June 30, August 4 and September 1, 2014.
CANNOLI FILLED WITH GELATO is our latest offering for your after-dinner or after-theatre, Shaw Festival (https://www.facebook.com/shawfestival?ref=ts&fref=ts) or after the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake [https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=155669971202&ref=ts&fref=ts], a tribute to the large Sicilian population in North America. It is the Sicilians who gave the world Cannoli (the plural for Canolo in Italian). Currently we fill our Cannoli with either Buontalenti or Crema di Carlotta, both exclusive gelato flavours to Il Gelato di Carlotta, an intensified milk and cream flavour with citrus and other fruits drawn in. Soon we’ll fill them with a ricotta cheese gelato — Cannoli deserts normally have ricotta cheese as part of the filling anyway. In Sicilian, Cannolo translate as “the little tube” — in this case a little pastry tube. So what are you waiting for? Come on in to our parlour at 59 Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake and try some of our Cannoli with our gelato. Want to know more about Cannoli? Here is the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannoli
Jeremy Carver-James [http://www.shawfest.com/the-ensemble/jeremy-carver-james/], an up-and-coming actor with the Shaw Theatre Festival was back at his favourite gelateria last night. Last November we introduced you to him when he came to say good by at the end of the season, having acted in well known plays such as His Girl Friday, Guys and Dolls and Light in the PIazza. The Festival’s 2014 season is picking up steam at full speed — already it has had several full houses. He return s for his third season at the Shaw Festival appearing as Hans in Cabaret [http://www.shawfest.com/playbill/cabaret/story/] and as Thomas in The Philadelphia Story [http://www.shawfest.com/playbill/the-philadelphia-story/story/]. Welcome back Jeremy Carver-James [https://www.facebook.com/jeremycarverjames] . Il Gelato di Carlotta wishes you an even more successful 2014 season. In the photo, our own Olivia Wall serves him his favourite dark chocolate vegan gelato, actually a dairy-free sorbetto that is certified vegan in Italy.