by MIJUNE on JULY 17, 2010 ·
Dolce Amore is a popular gelato shop on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Commercial Drive is notorious for it’s Italian population so there’s a handful of gelato places located on the drive. Dolce Amore is definitely the local favourite on the strip and it’s one of the better gelato shops in Vancouver. It’s family owned and it keeps a loyal clientele. On this occasion I came with Kim, who is also to thank for the photos.
Honestly, it was my first time coming to Dolce Amore and it’s really hard to appreciate it especially after having Bella Gelateria. I understand that people love it and it is really good, but when you’ve had the best than everything else just seems… well mediocre, or simply not as good as it could be. Gelato is one of my favourite desserts, I can have it any time of day, but while eating my Dolce Amore gelato I just kept thinking to myself “it’s not the same,” or I kept comparing it back to Bella Gelateria. Dolce Amore is still very good, but there is better in Vancouver. For a casual gelato shop it does the job fine, but it’s not my first choice for gelato.
The sorbets were made with fresh fruits, but they’re just not as fresh as places like Bella Gelateria or Dolce Gelato in White Rock. Those ones are local fruits and so natural. Just by looking at the colour you can tell how much fresh fruit a gelato place is using in their sorbets. The ones here is still a bit ‘watered down’ and not as pure in fresh fruit flavour.
They have a nice selection of gelato and they were all pretty good. They have a quick turn over with a steady clientele so there’s a constant enough rotation that the gelatos are still very fresh. For gelato, I think it’s very reasonably priced and the scoops are quite generous. You can also get half litres, litres, and buckets to go.