Monday, October 20, 2008

Pitango: Chocolate and Hazelnut


Pitango Chocolate and Hazelnut, originally uploaded by subfab.

Whenever I'm somewhere away from Philly, I always check out the gelato. It's important to see what the rest of the world is eating. It's educational. I do it to broaden my mind. I also do it to appreciate what I already have.

Pictured above we have Baltimore's Pitango gelato. Chocolate and Hazelnut. They are the two flavors, I feel, every gelato place should have.

Pitango is located in the Fells Point neighborhood. Pitango has a simple, clean design. Think West Elm. The barista who served me seemed like he was brand spankin' new. He asked if I'd had gelato before... Honestly, I wasn't trying to be a smart ass... I replied very plainly that I've had a lot of gelato just not here. He told me that they have a lot of exotic flavors. He pointed out Crème Fraîche. I said it tastes like yogurt. He said that he felt it was more like cheesecake. And then he pointed to their sorbettos and said they're made from fresh produce from Pennsylvania... I wondered to myself, "Why am I, a Philadelphian, in Baltimore eating food grown in Pennsylvania?" Whatever. I am trying to keep an open mind. I tried their Chocolate Noir which was ok. It had dark chocolate flecks in it which was a nice, but the flakes did not elevate the Chocolate Noir. I also tried their Concord Grape. If they had Peanut, I would have gone with the PB&J combo. But in the end, defaulted to Chocolate and Hazelnut.

I should mention now that I like that Pitango has their own water. It's a nice touch. Gelato, ice cream, and any other type of cold dessert needs a glass of room temperature water to help warm the tounge and restore your tastebud's sensitivity. Oddly, all the water they had up front was cold water. Cold water is useless when you need it to cleanse and warm the palate. At least they had some in the back.

When Pitango's gelato started to melt, it has a watery quality. This has happened in San Diego, New York, and, now, Baltimore. I don't get it. Are they adding water? Is it a bi-product of their process? Perhaps. Some recipes do call for water.

The Hazelnut was okay. Because of the watery factor, it wasn't rich. The flavor didn't blow me away. 

Then, there was the Chocolate. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Capogiro's regular Chocolate. I think I don't enjoy Capogiro's because it seems to be more of a gateway flavor that is more accessible to people who don't normally have, say, Cioccolato Scuro. But Pitango's chocolate tasted like Yoo-Hoo. Now, don't get it twisted I love Yoo-Hoo, but it seems to me that if I'm going to pay $4.50 for a small, it should taste a little more refined than a chocolate flavored beverage.

All in all, I'd say Pitango is a 3 out of 5. I prefer Philly, San Diego, and New York to Baltimore. I prefer Baltimore to Los Angeles.

5 comments:

  1. it should taste a little more refined than a chocolate flavored beverage.

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  2. I would have gone with the PB&J combo. But in the end, defaulted to Chocolate and Hazelnut.

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  3. I feel, every gelato place should have.

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  4. At least they had some in the back.

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