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The Gelato Cafe, Wellesley and Center Cafe, Needham

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The Gelato Cafe, Wellesley and Center Cafe, Needham

bakerboyz | Jun 29, 2010 10:50 AM

I have not had much Gelato in the US but what I have had has been just so-so, not as creamy as that in Italy. That said, I have had the Hazelnut Gelato twice at the Gelato Cafe in Wellesley and It is absolutely creamy and delicious, the best I have had other than in Florence. Not sure how long they have been open but they do not seem to be too busy. It would be a real pity if a product this good went undiscovered. Also, I have reported before on the Center Cafe in the old Fava Restaurant in Needham but this place (and the owner and staff) just seem to "get it" when it comes to price (very reasonable), service (excellent) and freshness/quality. This is not fine dining but it is casual, excellent food. I have had the fish and chips several times, extremely fresh and lightly fried with homemade tarter sauce. Tried the Lamb Lollipop appetizer for the 1st time, 3 baby lamb chops perfectly cooked to medium rare served with tossed greens and a nice mint aioli for $12. The owner is busy clearing tables, seating and greeting customers, making sure everyone is happy and basically doing it all. His daughter in law does a tremendous job as the head chef. There may be other family members involved but I am not sure. In any event, they deserve to be supported (and they seem to be getting plenty of that).

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Fava Restaurant
1027 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 02492

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