Dolce Amore is a local neighborhood gelateria serving hand-crafted and seasonally-inspired Gelato, Sorbetto, & Cakes.
Uncle Junior is right the ice cream here is some of the best that I've had and I'm a real ice cream fanatic.
The flavours are so intense. Their white chocolate raspberry leaves Mario's Gelato in the dust. Their servings are a more reasonable size then we get at either Mario's or La Casa Gelato and the price is also a bit more reasonable. This is a real premium ice crea. It will be a regular stop when I'm in town.
Hot sunny Saturday afternoon on the Drive called for some gelato. Dolce moved to the store front next door and no longer provide the outdoor wrap around terrace outside. Instead, they look much trendier and have upgraded their freezer to keep their gelato cool. No more soft ice cream they used to serve on hot days.
Food: I thoroughly enjoyed my guava mango gelato. It tasted sweet and tangy and possibly made with real mango. Not quite as good as what you can get in Italy but it holds its own in Vancouver. They spend the effort to whip into peaks and swirls to create that Italian authenticity.
Service: very quick counter service. The young ice cream scoopers were friendly and gave huge portions for a single scoop...it seemed like two full scoops to me. No issues or attitude when we used our entertainment book coupon.
Value: $3.50 for a single scoop is very reasonable. It was an even better deal when we got two-for-one using a coupon. And they use real wafer ice cream cones without additional charge.
Ambiance: newly renovated with the sleek look. Similar to Mondo's. Would've been a 4 if they kept their old location with the outdoor seating. I think they've lost that rustic, charm that worked so well on the Drive, in attempt to appeal to the trendier crowd.
I agree with the comment about service. I was the only person in there and the server was delberately (I think) ignoring me. I left after a few minutes, then came back later, when I did get service. Maybe they are having trouble with the cooler, I don't know, but the ice cream is awfully soft, and you have to eat it fast before it melts. I'm not going to hurry back.
There is a lot of variety (probably 50 flavours at least), the gelato seems fresh and the quality is consistent. For almost $5 for 2 scoops (relatively medium sized scoops) it is not a great deal but it is not too overpriced either. One scoops is 3.75 so obviously people go for 2. You may ask to try some samples. I've tried over 10 flavours and so far, nothing has really impressed my taste buds enough for me to be raving about this place to family and friends. Nonetheless, drop by and give this a try. Only unforunate thing is how they moved a couple stores down, their old place was much roomier and you could choose to sit outside.
There wasn't a line up when I first when in to place an order. Two mins after purchasing my one scoop cone, I decided to give some flavours a try. The girl working there was playing with her hair while using that sample spoon to scrape some soy nutrolla out for me. Since she claims the gelato was pretty hard, it took her a while, and when she managed to scrape SOME off, it got into her hair and down back into the tray. So I thought with hygiene concerns, she should have taken that bit of gelato and dispose it, but she didn't. So after that, I went back to my usual Bocia and that was it.
Next time I might try Gelato time, since some reviewers recommended it. Or even if i have to pay a buck or two more, I'll just head to Mario gelatos on Quebec and 2nd.
Ever since I became pregnant all I've wanted to eat was gelato. No joke, I have visited every gelato place in the the lower mainland (yes, I know, but cravings!). Anyway, Dolce Amore is hands down my favorite. The gelato is excellent, the quality is so rich and true to the flavor (as in it doesn't taste like powder or too much water). And the price for 1 scoop (2 flavors) is fantastic. Mind you not too many places allow you to have 2 flavors in 1 scoop - I like that here they give you the option of having 2 types for the price of one.
I must say that I used to be a fan of their strawberry sorbet a few years ago but now they make it different. Other than that, the sorbes are sooo tasty, like real fruit.
I believe the waffle cones are also made on the premises - and they're melt in your mouth delicious.
Located in the heart of commercial drive, this gelato place is always packed in the summer evenings. Parking can be an issue so be prepared to make a few circles around the block finding parking. The Gelato is pretty solid even though I must admit I've had better ones in other parts of Vancouver and in North America. In anycase, it's not a bad experience. The service was friendly and they don't just give you a little scoop like most places, they actually pile it on.
This place in Commercial Drive is quite a drive from where we live but we make the trip regularly because of the outstanding gelato that they serve (try one scoop first because it feels like two scoops, and you can mix flavors in one scoop). The nocciola, among others, is not to be missed. The tiramisu (dessert) and their coffee are also fantastic. I spent two weeks in Italy and this place's stuff is better than most of what I tried.
Try their afogato (gelato on top of espresso). You won't regret it.
This was the first time we had visited and were very pleased with the generous portion! Usually the amount of geleto is pretty small, but we ordered three scopes for less than 6.00 and four of us left totaly full! I find getting three scopes and sharing is a far better deal then ordering four separate single scopes. The flabour was excellent and the service was very friendly. Would definately recommend!