Posted by Anisha | Posted in Bulgarini gelato, Cuisinart ice cream maker, gelati, gelato | Posted on 9/13/2009
Procrastination is my middle name. That is, until something truly amazing comes along and I have to write/blog/blab about it to all my friends. It's 2:00 AM in the morning and I cannot help but write about Bulgarini Gelato.
I've been wanting to try this gelateria for a while, but didn't quite get around to it until tonight. I invited my friends over for my very first batch of coffee dark chocolate chunk ice cream in my sparkly, stainless steel, 2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker. A 21st birthday present come early, I was so thrilled I forgot the oh so important step of freezing the freeze bowl. A bit devastated that I forgot to RTFM and that my friends were now dessert-less, we decided to make the ten mile trek to Bulgarini Gelato.
The location isn't anything spectacular; it is not across a contemporary condo on Abbot Kinney, nor is it on thriving overly chain-driven 3rd street in Santa Monica. Bulgarini Gelato is tucked away in a dark plaza which boasts a Rite-Aide and a few small stores. Please, excuse the forthcoming cliche: Bulgarini Gelato is a diamond in the rough.
This small gelateria has plenty of outdoor seating and quite the local following. Saturday nights are especially fun, as they screen an Italian movie outdoors.
The four of my friends and myself couldn't help but sample a variety of the flavors; hence, the three spoons in my single "scoop" or "piccola" of gelato. Each piccola allows one to get three, approximately 2 oz. scoops of gelati. I sampled six flavors:
1) Florentine chocolate: imported chocolate with a hint of sea salt
2) goat's milk: goat's milk w/ teeny tiny chocolate chips
3) plum: best fruity gelato I've ever tasted, cute pink color and amazing plum flavor
4) kiwi: I like plums > kiwis, but this is a close second! Love the texture of the kiwi seeds
5) caffe: Italian roast? I think so.
6) lemon: perfectly tart and not too sweet
This time, for my trio I picked the goat's milk (left), chocolate (top right), and caffe (bottom). I was very pleased with how all three paired with each other. My friend JC choose the lemon, kiwi, and plum. If I were to visit again in the heat of the day, that would most definitely be my next trio.
Westside truly represents and can flaunt Bulgarini Gelato as one of it's hotspots, or in this case, deliciously cold spot! I know for a fact that my friends and I will be back to Bulgarini, but will you?
749 E. Altadena Dr.
Altadena, CA 91001
Shoutout to Andria, Charles, JC, & Shaan for dealing with my grandma-esque driving, inability to make a decent U-turn, and for forgetting to read the mother-churning manual!