My Dear Dolce

Life is sweet at Amici's Cara Mia Gelateria

These days, most successful foodie haunts start out on not much more than word of mouth: the best places are the small, no-frills kind that people frequent for the good food, not the ambience. Treated like well-kept secrets, to be shared only with family and good friends, being able to say you've tried them almost becomes a matter of pride (and proof that you're in the know aside from having good taste).

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Cara Mia also serves the usual pastries, like Sansrival and Tiramisu

That was the case for Amici di Don Bosco, founded by Fr. Gianluigi Colombo, a Salesian Italian missionary. Originally a cafeteria for employees, Amici became a favorite destination for Manila's pizza- and pasta-lovers sometime in late 2007. Its newest branch, on the corner of Connecticut and Missouri streets in Greenhills, also features a large selection of the old Amici's well-known gelati in Cara Mia Gelateria, a brightly lit gelato café right beside the family-friendly pizzeria.

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The gelato selection

Aside from the usual gelato-by-the-scoop, Cara Mia, which is "my dear" in Italian, takes their gelato one stop further: their gelato cakes, like the Spumoni Surprise and Merry Berries, are layers of different flavors served in slices and topped with fruits, chocolates, or nuts.

Then there are the gelato shakes. These more fluid versions of gelato come in four flavors: mudslide, pine-mango, banana strawberry and coffee java. The coffee java, which comes with chocolate sprinkles, nuts and powdered coffee, serves a dual purpose: comfort food and caffeine fix.

Affogatos, like the Nocciola Blend and the Black Forest Spell, are two gelato scoops on lady fingers served with espresso.

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Spumoni Surprise

Food for thought: Created in 16th-century Florence, gelato has very little air compared to ice cream, making it denser and creamier, but it actually has less cream, so it has less fat. Sounds like enough reason to start spouting words of endearment, si?


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