The newest trend in Montreal is ice cream parlours, and trust us, Montreal has plenty. Gone are the days of Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen, instead, we welcome independent ice cream shops with gelato, soft serve dips, and frozen yogurt. It’s now all about gourmet and exotic flavours, like at La Dolce Vita Gelato, a fabulous gelatoria, Italian café and panini shop in TMR.
Located on the grounds of the Villa Armando, next to the villa’s Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita is part of a 200 year old house in TMR. Located in the oldest house in TMR, the ice cream parlour is absolutely beautiful. They even have a courtyard so that you can enjoy your gelato outside, as well as a grassy field in the back if you want to kick a ball around or picnic. La Dolce Vita means life is sweet in Italian, and they certainly help make life a little sweeter.
What you’ll notice right away at La Dolce Vita are the many flavours of gelato and sorbets. Unique flavours such as Porto & Fig gelato, Sicilian Orange sorbet (which is similar to a blood orange), Tahitian Vanilla gelato, Chilli Pepper Chocolate gelato, etc, will tickle your senses. You can even get an affogato, which is an Italian treat of hot espresso poured over gelato.
Diva #1 opted for three different flavours in a regular size cup; she chose Amaretto gelato, Chocolate Hazelnut gelato and Fig & Porto gelato for a wonderful Italian combination. You can choose to enjoy a smaller cup with up to two flavours, or a bigger cup with up to four. You can even take a liter of gelato home or enjoy your gelato in a cone. Senior Diva chose the Chocolate sorbet (chocolate is also available as a creamy gelato), the Sicilian Orange Sorbet and the Tahitian Vanilla gelato. The chocolate and orange combination was absolutely divine and the taste of vanilla was very apparent and not subdued by the other strong flavours.
La Dolce Vita has a second location in the West Island but the one in TMR in the Villa Armando is simply bursting with character. Open until 11pm every night, but only in the summer, La Dolce Vita has delicious ice cream that you can enjoy in a dreamy ambiance. Creamy gelato is the perfect summer treat for a hot summer day in Montreal!
Our Rating: Always on Thursday
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