Definitely not your local ice cream shop
So I’m the new kid. Not just the new kid on Denver Metroblog, but the new kid in town. Having just moved from Phoenix to the Denver area, I have made it my mission to find all of the little secrets that Denver has to offer. In my exploration of downtown, I was introduced (by the one person I know in this city) to a quaint but modern little “hole in the wall” called Gelazzi. As you’re walking down Larimer Street, taking in all of the visual stimulation, it would be quite easy to walk past this storefront and miss it with a blink … or six. But make no mistake, you’ll want to make sure your eyes are open for this one.
Gelazzi serves, as you may have guessed, gelato. Amazing, I know, but it’s true. Oh but they don’t stop there. One of the first things you may notice when you walk in is a wall full of alcohol behind the counter. When you pick up the handy menu at the front of the store, you’ll realize why: Gelatinis. With offerings such as Primo Bacio (Chocolate-Chocolate Chip gelato, Frangelico, Creme de Cacao, Absolut Vodka, Cocoa Powder), to the Caribbean Breeze (Coconut & Orange gelato, Bacardi Rum, Vodka, Grenadine) to the Morte da Cioccolato (Death by Chocolate … I’ll let you experience that one on your own), it’s obvious that this isn’t only a menu for your kids.
If the alcohol content of your dessert is not important to you, Gelazzi still has you covered. They display what must be about 30-35 different flavors of gelato and will let you sample them before you commit yourself. Trust me though, this is a several trip situation. You’ll see so many flavors that you want, you’ll just have to come back another time to try another. Flavors like Chocolate Blueberry, Amaretto and Pistachio. Oh but they don’t only offer the sweetness. They’ve got your fruit covered as well with flavors like Watermelon (that taste’s like a real watermelon … go figure), Grapefruit, Cantaloupe and others. Trust me, it tastes like you’re biting into breakfast.
But wait! There’s more!! (Forgive me, I couldn’t resist). Need some coffee? Gelazzi takes care of you with espresso drinks and espresso cocktails. Tea? Cream Soda? Smoothie? Chai? Wine? Oh yeah, Gelazzi has it all.
Enough about their menu though. I’d be called ignorant if I didn’t bring up the environment they provide. There’s a couple of little booths, a handful of tables, a set of barstools stretched across a tabletop on the wall and the lighting is just right. It’s perfectly moody but enough to make the place lively. Of course, there’s the wonderful tables out front so you can make everyone that walks by jealous with your frozen concoctions. They also offer free Wifi for customers and some great smiles behind the counter.
All in all, Gelazzi is a great addition to any night, whether it be for a drink before dinner, some dessert after or just a refresher while walking around downtown. Now if I could just convince them to make a drink with Captain Morgan, my experience would be complete.
1411 Larimer St., Denver
128 S. College Ave., Ft. Collins