Bella Gelateria serves old-world, authentic Italian gelato using mostly fresh, local ingredients.
The first 2 times I came here it was to try the Noce Pecan e Sciroppo d’Acero Canadese‘, a walnut, pecan gelato with maple syrup (The winner at the 2012 Gelato Festival in Florence Italy) but both times they were sold out of it. The third time the line was too long so I just kept on driving. Last night my brother and I stopped by about 9pm and we were in luck. We got to try the famous, award winning gelato that I had read about. It was amazing and for sure one of the best I've had in my life. I'll be back.
My gf and I have been passing by this place a few times now and after reading the more than glowing review here we headed down during a midweek gratification.
I needn't say much about the space and the service. You get exactly what you expect (perhaps even a little more) for the area so even fussy patrons should rejoice.
You know when you had gelato or sorbet that was absolutely stunning? With rich texture and balanced flavour? This is better. Knowing we couldn't walk out with every flavour under the belt, we opted for a scoop of dulce de leche and a lemon basil sorbet. The caramel worked together with the remarkable smooth texture without the assaulting sweetness and you'd think basil and lemon would clash due to the basil's pungent aroma. It doesn't. The basil is a complimenting undertone which made the combination that much more refreshing. On texture alone each individual sorbet ice crystal melted on the tongue so seamlessly much like mist evaporating into the air. Selection is ample with other unique flavours like strawberry vinaigrette which are much more than second string toss-ins. Portions are fair and doesn't leave you feeling heavy so you could squeeze in multiple scoops if you please.
The best gelato and sorbet in the city. Highly recommend.
I think this is the first 5 star I've ever given. That's almost all I need to say.
The place is new, clean, a little small. But how long are you going to linger while eating gelato?
The guy is super passionate about gelato. Service is good, though, of course, when it gets busy, nothing to do but wait in line. Pay first and then get your goodies. Price-wise, well, it is similar to other ice-cream joints around town, which is to say, not cheap. For comparison, a 500mL order is $12.95. If I'm not mistaken, most supermarket brands (e.g. Haagen Daaz, Ben 'n Jerry, etc) are like half the price, if not less.
First thing to note, there are no eggs. We asked the dude, he said "No way! That's not gelato". That's the way it should be. Their web site notes eggs in some ingredients, so I suppose that is probably in a specific flavour. We tried it, and I would say this is true.
Why is it worth 5 stars? Because. It is. Because just the texture alone is so much better than any other thing we've tasted in town. The other ones are not gelato.
We had Tahitian Vanilla gelato, you can immediately taste the lack of fat compared to regular ice cream. Yet, the texture is so incredibly fine and smooth, it's almost like a soft-serve cone that has been frozen a bit more. Nice, clean tasting that doesn't leave your mouth sticky. We also tried a grape fruit sorbetto and wow. That was a real palate cleanser, exceedingly refreshing. Although no eggs or cream in it, it still had a fine, fine texture, almost the same as the gelato. Way better than Mario's. By far. It's hard to believe it is pretty much just frozen water. I've tasted fresh snow that was coarser than this.
At the same time, it sucks. Sucks because now I'm spoiled. I can't eat that other stuff. I've got a bucket of ice cream in the fridge and I can't bring myself to finish it. Damn you Bella! Is this what the Italians get to eat all the time?
Go try it. Highly recommended. What have you got to loose? The cheapest scoops is less than $5, easier than travelling to Italy...
This is THE place for gelato. Bella is a fairly new establishment located on the ground level of the Fairmont Hotel Pacific Rim. The owner of this particular shop graduated from the "University of Gelato" and recently won two awards at the international gelato competition in Italy. We ventured down to Waterfront hunting for dessert and to our surprise, the shop was packed on a late Sunday night! The staff here are very friendly and you're allowed up to 3 samples. The gelato (and sorbetto) is a bit on the pricier side but it's definitely worth it. After tax, it cost around $5.50 for a small one scoop cup and $6.50 for a small one scoop cone.
Black Sesame Gelato (7/7)
This is seriously one of the best ice creams that we've ever had in our lives. Trust us. Gabriel's been to Japan multiple times to eat this (黒ゴマアイス）and somehow, this Italian version was even better! The rich creamy black sesame tasted perfect as an icy confection.
Yuzu Sorbetto (7/7)
Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit which is slightly tart, and popular in Korea and Japan. This is believed to be a hybrid between the sour mandarin and the papeda (a Chinese lemon/orange like fruit). The taste is extremely unique and the sorbetto is light and refreshing. This taste is definitely not something that you can experience often in North America so it was really surprising to see it on the sorbetto menu!
Matcha Cannolli (6.75/7)
This is basically an Italian flaky pastry roll with gelato inside. There were many flavours such as chocolate, expresso, and dulce de leche but we decided on matcha since it seemed to be their best seller. This was extremely delicious but not as amazing as the first two ice creams!
Toasted Pecan with Maldon Sea Salt (6.75/7)
This was amazing as well as the pecan and sea salt perfectly complemented each other! While it sounds quite sweet, it was actually quite light and creamy so at the end of our snack, there was no sickly sweet after taste that you get from eating inexpensive ice creams.
The frozen confections here are very expensive but definitely worth it!
I finally got to try this place out. Is the ice cream good? Yes but its not great. Its the most expensive gelato I have ever bought. $7.50 for cone with two scoops? Are they insane. I have had gelato in Italy over 100 times and they would be 5% compare to the gelato in Italy.
Most place that are good charge you $4 for gelato and two scoop no this crazy $7. To make matters worst she messed up my flavor but I was already in my car when I realized. Anyways the gelato is good but not great but overprices by at least 50-70%.
I've honestly never heard of this place until I was stuck on the corner of West Cordova and Burrard watching the Santa Clause Parade. Nice day but really cold so that calls for hot chocolate, pronto. This place was right on the corner and the atmosphere was open and inviting. Ice cream display on the left was a little strange, kind of looked like they were in soup pots but the interesting labels like "thai coconut" and "gewurztraminer" caught my interest even though it's not really walk-around-with-an-icecream weather these days. All of their hot chocolates are made with real high quality chocolates and milk. My boyfriend and I tried the hot chocolate (made with milk chocolate but you can have dark or white) and the hazelnut hot chocolate, and there is also the option to have your drink made with regular or Avalon chocolate milk (good stuff). While waiting for our drinks the owner (I know this because there are framed newspaper clip outs of his face on the wall) engaged in some conversation with us and offered us samples of the ice cream. I thought one sample was enough and whereas most places would be annoyed at people sampling he actually asked if we wanted to try some more flavours which was very nice. The beverages themselves were phenomenal, the hot chocolate was sooo delicious, just the right amount of sweetness, and the hazelnut drink had real hazelnuts and was super rich and creamy. The only bad thing is now I don't think I can have regular hot chocolate anymore, it's just going to make whatever I have next taste pathetic compared to this stuff!
The thirty minute wait at 9:30 on a Wednesday night on a street where the meter, if you are fortunate enough to have a pre-2012 Twoonie, will run you $2 for twenty minutes set the tone. Once in the door you are greeted by more framed certificates than you'd find on the wall of a world renowned cardiologist, an owner beaming ear to ear at the sound of credit cards being swiped to the tune of $5.50 a small scoop, and three 'aren't we special to be working in such a trendy joint' accomplices. I found the very esoteric choice of flavours to be disappointing (if you want to emulate Italy wouldn't a simple peach gelato be available?) and the "Old Fashioned Chocolate" to be extremely bland, frankly reminiscent of the milk chocolate ice cream one expected to receive in Canada before the gelato craze began. I challenge anyone to compare this product, in a blind taste test, with the $9 half litre Mondo Gelato "Dark Chocolate." Obviously, we won't be back.
Well Ive spent a great deal of time living in Rome so I know whats good gelato and whats bad. This place is the closest you are going to get to real authentic Italian gelato anywhere in Vancouver. The smoothness and the creaminess is very good. Not too icy and not to powdery, just the right blend. Its hard to replicate authentic gelato from Italy but this place is almost there. The only thing I would like to see is a few more of the classic Italian flavors like Amaretto and Stracciatella. Other than that this place is worth the trip and worthy of a good review. Cheers.
I had heard so many amazing things about this place that I was dying to try it. Perhaps I'd heard too many amazing things. Maybe all the hype got my expectations out of whack.
The gelato here is good to very good. I do believe they use excellent ingredients and try to come up with gourmet flavours. I tried the 85% chocolate, the saffron rosewater, the chocolate brownie and the cherry. My friend had Thai coconut milk and hazelnut. The 85% chocolate scoop was by far the best of the bunch.
Like I said, the gelato is quality, but considering I got very basic service from the counter staff and the look of the shop is really nothing special, I was a tad disappointed. At $6.20 for two scoops I want to be blown away by the whole gelato experience. Maybe they could also include a trip to Italy for that price ;)
My coworkers and I decided to be adventurous on a sunny afternoon. I had the bacon & dark chocolate ice cream, it was decadent, rich and smoky. The only issue is that it's pricey for the small amount of ice cream you get. It was great to try and there were a lot of unique ice cream flavours but defnitely would not be a regular habit.
Heard lots about this place. They won a big gelato festival in Italy, even beating the Italians. Then when they won best gelato in the WE newspaper, we had to give it a try.
Immediately upon going in I felt like I was back in Italy, the decor was so Italian. Lots of media attention in the world on this place, so we were excited to try. Line up was not so bad only 15 minutes.
The servers let us try lots of samples and the flavours where huge, the texture amazing. I loved the chocolate gelato and once I heard they used organic milk and made everything from scratch I knew it was the real deal compared to the old industrial gelato places we grew up with in Vancouver.
Settled on Dulce De Leche and Dark Chocolate, my friend were all happy as well. Definitely be coming back. Thanks for setting a new standard in Vancouver....also good job winning gold medals for gelato in Italy. Glad you are here.
This is by far the best sorbetto and gelato I've had.....EVER! My wife and I stumbled upon this place during our nightly walk and even though they were already closed, the owner opened up his doors and told us to "come on in". The service is outstanding!
Value is just like any of the other gelato places in town. Single scoop will cost you about $5. But what really makes it worthwhile is the flavours!
I'm lactose intolerant and love chocolate so gelato isn't something that I can indulge in often but they make an stunning chocolate sorbetto at Bella! You would never be able to tell the difference. They use fresh ingredients and often have new flavours everyday (I know because my wife and I have been there 6 times in the last 10 days). They usually only make about a gallon of one flavour at a time. That way it's almost always guaranteed fresh.
Recommended flavours to try: Lemon-basil sorbetto, Chocolate sorbetto, Caramel-Sea salt gelato (sounds weird but a definate must-try), and Pistachio gelato (my wife's pick)