Sweets For My Sweets: Gelatissimo And Frutti Froyo.

Yes, another yogurt post!  But this time, with a twist of gelato ;)


Gelatissimo

A hunt for the perfect dress to wear to my grand high school reunion brought me and T to Greenbelt.  Despite a really filling dinner at Dillinger's (saving this for another post), I started to crave for something sweet at the end of the day.  Just in time, a couple passed by us with little cups in their hands.

"I want that!!!", I told T.  

So, we searched Greenbelt 5 until we found a big crowd on the 2nd floor.   Turns out, they were all lining up to get a cup of gelato at Gelatissimo Cafe.


There were more people around the area.

Two things that surprised me about Gelatissimo Cafe: 

1. It's a franchise from Australia
Initially, I thought it was a locally grown concept.  My next guess would be it's a franchise from the US or Italy.  Both times, I guessed wrong.  Gelatissimo Cafe is from Australia.

2. The Greenbelt branch is already their 3rd one.
They opened their first two branches in Cebu.  According to their website, they'll be opening a 4th branch in Trinoma and a 5th branch in Serendra soon.


Thought this bottle of water was imported but turns out, it's from Cebu!

I've always wondered how gelato and ice cream differed.  Thanks to Wikipedia, I learned that gelato is just Italy's version of, well, ice cream though gelato usually has a lower butterfat and sugar content than the regular ice cream.


The gelatos are based on home recipes.

There were so many flavors to choose from at Gelatissimo Cafe!  Good thing they allow free sampling or I wouldn't know which one to pick though it was just a bit difficult to do since the place was packed.  T and I were just fortunate to have an attentive server waiting for us to point, point and point at flavors we wanted to try. 


Love it how they place 'ingredients' on top of the gelato (check out the yogurt cups!)

After tasting a whole bunch of flavors, I still couldn't decide between strawberry and rockmelon.  My bright idea?  Get a medium cup so I can have both!  T, who couldn't decide between 3 flavors, followed my strategy and got the large cup.  Only later did we realize that the small cup is more than enough for one person (especially for those who had a rather filling dinner aka us ;))


First-timers, try the small cup first!

They also have Take Home packs in 500mL and 1L sizes!

I don't remember the last time I had gelato since I became a yogurt junkie so I really can't compare my experience in Gelatissimo Cafe with anything else.   Probably just the gelato in Amici which is also superb.  But in any case, T and I really enjoyed our Gelatissimo cups.  5 stars!  The only thing they can improve on though is their present set-up of having the door opposite the cashier.  Moving the entrance to the other end of the store away from the cashier would be more efficient since it would separate people who are just requesting for samples from those who are paying or getting their orders already.


Gelatissimo Cafe
Dining Date: 22 October 2010


2nd Level, Greenbelt 5
Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center
Makati City
Philippines



Frutti Froyo


Apologies for the blurry pictures since I only took them with my iPhone.  I really have to get the new Lumix soon *wink*


My wish has been granted.  They finally opened a yogurt place in the South that charge by the weight!  Everyone meet Frutti Froyo :)


I love the set-up.. so colorful! ;)
 
The children's corner complete with stage and kiddie chairs.

Just like Yoggle, Frutti Froyo is a self-serve yogurt place.  You get your own cup, mix your own yogurt and pick your own toppings.  And instead of billing you by the scoop or the number of toppings, the cashier weighs your cup and charges by the ounce.


There were 8 flavors of yogurt.

Get your own cup!

But though the concept is the same, I'd prefer Frutti  Froyo over Yoggle.  First, the ambiance of Frutti Froyo is more appealing with the happy colors, modern interiors and bright lights.


Feeling like a kid again ;)


Second, there are more toppings to choose from in Frutti Froyo.  Plus, they're all arrange in cool dispensers.  Yoggle toppings are just placed in simple metal containers.


So many toppings to choose from!

Fruits.

BIGGGGG bottles of syrups!
 
Third, Frutti Froyo's dark chocolate syrup is divine!  I guess it's because the brands they carry are more expensive.   Yoggle only carries Hershey's and Reese's Pieces syrup which I can easily get at the  supermarket.


Love love love this!

T and I shared a cup so the cost was around P260.  Not bad at P130/person, just like Yoggle.  The verdict?  I'll take Frutti Froyo over Yoggle any time but only for the ambiance of the Alabang branch and the wider range of choices.  I'm just not too sure if the other branches look the same and offer similar choices.
 

Frutti Froyo
Dining Date: 14 October 2010


The Commerce Center
Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Philippines


Trinoma
Edsa corner North Avenue
Quezon City
Philippines


Petron Square
Katipunan Avenue corner Mangyan Road
La Vista, Quezon City
Philippines


Tomas Morato
corner Scout Madrinan
Quezon City
Philippines



 

11 comments

  1. I LOVE the aesthetic of Tutti Frutti; though I think the flavors from Gelatissimo are calling my name!! :)

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  2. erika. i know! I want to try the other flavors soon!!

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  3. omigod, gelato! and they have take home packs! i can't wait for their branch in trinoma. thanks for sharing this, mother!

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  4. i should definitely try both soon. :)

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  5. They both look so good, wonder if they will bring either of them to the UK!

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  6. Haven't really tried gelato. I guess I am just limiting myself on sweets. I'm more of a yogurt person.

    Tutti Frutti at Centris station has different dispensers with that of Alabang. Have you tried Frutti Froyo? They're good too. But for me, I will always have my thumbs up at Red Mango :)

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  7. i totally love gellatissimo !!
    they taste sooo nnice esp on a hot day :)

    thanks for dropping by !
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  8. mj. i wanted to eat a cup yesterday but they were closed already :(

    koryn. tell me how you find it mother!

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  9. lizzie. this wins the war of the 'by weight' yogurt!

    daisymay. is frozen yogurt a craze there as well? :)

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  10. captain runner. thanks for visiting my blog. will visit yours soon! anyway, what i tried was frutti froyo, not tutti frutti :)

    michelle. agree!

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