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The weather has finally taken a turn for the better in Toronto.  The past few days, the temperature has been hovering around 13 to 15 degrees.  The sun is shining and people have magically appeared on the street and come out of their winter hibernation in search of vitamin D.   

One of the first things I think about when the weather warms up is gelato.  Maybe it’s the allure of colourful choices staring back at me with creative topings that draw me in, or the pungent, strong flavours that taste so much better than ice cream, in my opinion.  I am not a seasonal gelato eater by any means.  I am happy to grab a cup in the dead of winter but I am sure any gelato cafe owner will tell you that business is booming between spring and fall in Toronto and now is the time to start hunting for your gelato spot.

I noticed two new gelato cafes in Toronto this past month prepping themselves for the gelato season; one that recently opened on Eglinton West between Avenue Road and Bathurst.  I don’t remember the name but it looked cute when I drove by this evening.  The other is the Mad Italian Gelato Bar on Bayview south of Eglinton that will compete head to head with Hollywood Gelato.  (Very art of war strategy- keep your enemies close by).   As a follow up (post post) review, I tried the Mad Italian Gelato Bar today and it doesn’t come close to Hollywood Gelato or Il Gelaterie.  Mad Italian is light and creamy but is missing the bold flavours.  I would not rush back.

In my tribute to new gelato and the start of gelato eating season, a couple pictures to rouse excitement.

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