The Friday Cyclotouriste

a geo-photoblog chronicling my "excursions velo"

Archive for the ‘gelato’ tag

Espresso Review……Il Gelato Naturale! Allegro, on Campbell and 6th

without comments

Geotag Icon Show on map

My first “espresso review” since moving to Tucson is actually a “gelato review.”

Regular readers will know I adore my hand-crafted, Italian-built Guerciotti racing bike so a love of Italian gelato is to be expected.

The best gelato is differentiated from typical American ice cream by its:

  1. more intense flavors;
  2. velvety texture;
  3. lower fat content; and,
  4. small batch production methods.

You can call anything an “espresso” or a “gelato,” but the real thing requires the finest and freshest ingredients and an artisan’s touch.

So how is Allegro?

I didn’t interview the staff about their production methods because they were so busy when I dropped by, but based on taste I give them a solid 5 (out of 5) stars.

Allegro promotes its use of organic, fresh, seasonal ingredients. They offer about 20 flavors including novel ones such as (1) pineapple-basil, (2) cardamom, and (3) saffron. Their menu also includes seasonal sorbets such as (1) lemon, (2) peach, and (3) boysenberry.  All these flavors are made with fresh fruits and spices!

Btw, I see from Allegro’s facebook page they will have a fig sorbet coming up. I really dig figs so I’ll be back to try this!

If it isn’t already clear, this place is definitely worth a visit if you need a gelato fix.

Oh, there’s also indoor and outdoor seating and…wait for itbike parking right in front.


Written by fridaycyclotouriste

July 18th, 2011 at 8:33 pm