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Fiasco Gelato, Kensington (Cgy)


Restaurants & Bars Prairie Provinces Gelato

Fiasco Gelato, Kensington (Cgy)

John Manzo | | Jul 2, 2009 02:54 PM

Fiasco Gelato has had a weird history- opened with lots of promise in the block that was subsequently demolished on 17th Ave SW, then having built its own building across the street, closed it; before that they'd opened downtown, but were kicked out for Fashion Central renos, opened on 10 St NW in Kensington; closed there, then opened new locations in Burnaby BC and in the western 'burbs ... and now have again opened in the inner city in the same location that they sold (??) in Kensington. In that time they've also expanded and contracted their menus, adding excellent crepes and then getting rid of them, adding excellent panini and then changing their superb bread provider... and let's not even talk about the erratic hours. Fiasco has been a frustrating place to love.

But Kensington is back open, and it's under new ownership. I hate to say this because I really liked Matt and his vision for gelato in Calgary, but this new version is a big improvement. There are more gelati, more creative flavours, and the sorbetti are just amazing- lemon that's not just lemon but lemon with poppyseeds; orange is a tart lovely blood orange; pear is so pure and delicious. I got a small (still the best prices for gelato I've seen in Canada, incidentally, MUCH cheaper than Amato or Tutti Fruitti) with half blood orange sorbetto and half orange-and-cream gelato. It was BRILLIANT, and all that I sampled was good too.

Other cool things: cupcakes from Buttercream, coffee is no longer Illy (too expensive, too stale) but Kicking Horse, which is dark for my tastes but fresher and local; four nice-sounding panini are on offer every day, and perhaps most important is that the space has been improved dramatically with the only window no longer covered up with equipment but now open and welcoming.

I didn't note what new hours are but it would be great to Fiasco 2.0 open outside of summer!

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