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Bulgarini Gelato: Fabulous Flavors, Subpar Service

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Bulgarini Gelato: Fabulous Flavors, Subpar Service

jeffrey | Jul 8, 2007 01:05 PM

After dinner at Casa Bianca, the wife and I headed up, up, up into Altadena to sample Mr. Bulgarini's famous gelato. Man, is that place in the middle of nowhere!

First, the positives. The flavors were outstanding. Each gelato is the essence of banana, hazelnut, pistachio, etc. As well, the gelato was smooth, lacking any noticable ice crystals.

Now, the negatives. The staff seem overwhelmed by the crowd and unable to maintain quality control. Forty people in line and one person scooping is totally unacceptable. Perhaps due to the crowd, most of the gelato was overly soft and started melting as soon as it was handed over. This forced us to rush our eating or risk having the distinct flavors melt into a soupy mess. The blood orange was so soft as to be unservable. The gelato's temperature also meant that much of it remained stuck to the ice cream scoop and never made it into our cups. A $4.35 medium contains four scoops, but each scoop averaged two tablespoons at most. After the effort to drive there and brave the line, we felt cheated by our half-empty cup of half-frozen gelato.

As revets2 noted below, last night was part of their summer film series, meaning most of their help was busy making and serving lasagna or preparing the projector. Perhaps things are not always this way for them. We look forward to trying Bulgarini again, when we next have time to drive 45 miles round trip. Until then, we'll dream of Grom in NYC. Now, that was some damn good stuff.

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