For those not in the know, ‘gelato’ (it sounds better when you pronounce it with Italian gusto –djelato), is Italy’s version of ice cream. This form of frozen dessert differs from industrial ice cream in that it’s created using more traditional techniques, contains less air (which makes a big difference to taste) and does not use artificial colouring or preservatives. Don Gelato remains true to its Italian roots and follows this age-old tradition to a tee.
The gelateria, which was formed in 2013, is fuelled by a passion to bring real Italian ice cream to South Africa. The folks behind Don Gelato – Italian born father and son Corrado and Lionello Giovannetti – are serious about making sure that whoever so much as tastes their authentic offering can feel that they have had an encounter with something they wouldn’t typically find anywhere – at least in the Western Cape. With a solid base in Stanford and Hermanus, the business has now opened a kiosk that sits pretty at the V&A Waterfront Market (by the main entrance opposite the V&A Hotel) and their aim is simple: to provide anyone that stops by with a delicacy that uses only the freshest ingredients.