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The Missing Link in Downtown Stamford: Gelato, Crepes, and Awesomeness. Volta Gelateria Creperia- Stamford, CT

19 Jun

Coppe of banana, cioccolato, and caffe

After many visits, we finally wrote up a review…and it’s with Alex from Sunday Diners.  Check it out.  

The Missing Link

Downtown Stamford has bars, Italian spots, Chinese spots, burger spots, and McDonald’s, but I don’t think Stamfordites realized what was missing until Volta showed up.  Downtown Stamford has always needed a nice, chill, hip spot for people to sit, relax, and surf on the net while eating.  Downtown Stamford has needed a change for a while, and Volta will bring it with its crepes, salads, drinks, gelato and great service.  Here’s the skinny (well, maybe slightly plump) on Volta and all they have to offer.

A Tour of Volta

Doesn’t that just call out, “summer”?

To start, it’s amazing to see how packed Volta was before it was even technically opened.  We stopped by on two of their soft opening days and the dining room was packed as was the outdoor seating. It seemed though, that the energetic and knowledgable staff moved things along nicely.  Giovanni, one of the owners of Capriccio Café, took us on a tour of his baby.  First stop:  Laboratorio del Gelato.  Seriously, that’s the name of the room.  Packages of fresh fruit are waiting there to be transformed into gelato and sorbet.  All the equipment was imported from Italy and you can see the pride on Giovanni’s face as he talks about how their gelato is made.  Fresh ingredients, made right, made the Italian way, made right at Volta!

Only a small section of their gelato choices

He showed us his gelato, 20 flavors in all, served the old-fashioned Italian way:  rather than scoop it up, they take two spatulas and form the scoops.  Volta is all about doing things right and staying true to Italian roots.  We felt like we were back in Italy for a few hours, roaming the streets of Rome-no pun intended, but certainly hilarious of course.

Gelato Paradise

First of all, just like Italy’s gelato shops, here you pay first, then you select your gelato.  Don’t be the dummy to mess things up, listen to our advice.  Give ’em your order, paesanos:  piccola ($4); media ($5.50); grande ($7); or a Coppe Speciali.  Step over to the gelato counter and drop your jaw in awe of the beauty of what is set before you.  They also have Coppe Speciali (special cups) that look sinfully good such as Coppa Romana:  gelato al fior di latte, hot chocolate, whipped creamed, and biscotto.  Well, we’ve been naughty and have come here two nights in a row so we’ve had 6 of their flavors.  Let’s give you a sampling of what they have:

Some of the amazing Coppe Speciali

What We Tried

Raspberry sorbet and gianduia in background at Volta

Cioccolato:  Holy chocolate batman, dark, strong, and so damn good

Gianduia:  A light chocolate flavor with great hints of hazelnut

Coconut:  Fresh coconut taste with flakes mixed in, delicious.

Banana:  Tasted like smashed up bananas in creamy goodness. Wow.

Caffe:  Good and medium flavored coffee taste, would get again

Raspberry sorbert:  Bright, summery flavors, seeds mixed in for a fresh taste.

What We STILL Hafta Try!

Stracciatella, Hazelnut, Bacio, Vanilla, Strawberry, Pistachio, Chocolate Mint, Biscotto, Nutella, Cream Caramel, Nocciola

Sorbets:  lemon, orange,

Holy Creperia!

Serving up classic Illy espresso!

Yes, Volta’s not just about gelato, they have sweet and savory crepes, salads, desserts, waffles, fresh squeezed juice, drinks, and that cool Italian cafe experience.  There’s free wi-fi and it’s just oh so chill.   We haven’t had a chance to try their food yet, but we’ll be sure to write up a post for our Omnomivores so you get the downlow on this new Stamford hotspot.  As for the Noms, if we based it solely on gelato, we’d give it a 4.5, but until we try their other goodies, we’ll have to hold off.  Ciao, buona notte.

Noms:  3.7

Cost:  $$

Volta Gelateria Creperia
Address: 30 Spring Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-883-8841
Website: http://volta.us/

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Just opened! Serving up South American style ice cream, smoothies, and goodies. TropiGlace–Cove area of Stamford, CT

31 May

What it’s all about

Let’s just cut to the chase: we freaking love ice cream. Gopher Ice Cream is our fave, and we’ve been known to haunt Dairy Inn in search of some frozen nirvana from time to time. So, when The Headbanging Hostess told us about TropiGlace right behind Cove Pizza, we knew that we had a job to do. As always, we are your culinary ambassadors and need to tell you about this brand new spot, opened this past Saturday, May 28.

Pineapple ice cream. Look at those chunks!

Paola, the owner, was on hand and gave us some background info about her ice cream shop. The recipe they use goes back to her grandfather who perfected ice cream in South America. So, this is a treasured family recipe, and that comes through in the flavors because–chances are–you’ve never tasted anything like it. That’s a good thing, yup.  You can have ice cream on a cone or in a cup, have a stickglace, or drink it up with either the coolglace or fruitglace.

Flavor break down

Chocolate, vanilla, lucama, rum raisin, cotton candy, blackberry, passion fruit, strawberry, pineapple, peach, coconut, mango.

What we had

On Saturday, I had a scoop of lucama and a scoop of rum raisin on a cone.  The lucama is a Peruvian fruit that was incredibly complex and had a deep, rich flavor.  It’s hard to describe it, but it wasn’t overly sweet and we really liked it.  The rum raisin was also good, though I agree with The Headbanging Hostess that the rum doesn’t come through as much.  Raisins, though, ran throughout the ice cream in nice little moist bits.

What would you like? All of the above, por favor.

The flavors are definitely there, but what really separates the ice cream here is the style.  You have an incredibly smooth, silky, and creamy flavor, almost like you’re eating gelato.  Overwhelmingly, the flavors that come through are tropical and you sometimes feel like you’re having a sorbet.  We’re not ice cream experts, but we are experts in eating it and we can tell you that it’s great stuff.

Today we soaked in the hot sun for Memorial Day at Cove Island Beach and lost all of our energy, so we just had to go to TropiGlace again.  You know, just to support local business.  So, we had pineapple and blackberry cones, a scoop each, for just $4.80.  Not too shabby.  The pineapple was killer, not overly sweet, and had nice chunks of pineapple in the ice cream.  Very good and refreshing for a hot hot day.  Kristien had the blackberry and said that it was fantastic, and full of fruity taste.  Once again, refreshing, not as heavy as ice cream, and just the right portion.  Well, that’s her talking.  I’m always the one at Gopher who finishes my two scoops and the rest of her cone.

The final scoop

TropiGlace is a cool little ice cream stand in the Cove section of Stamford.  It’s right on Cove Road and just right down the road from Cove Island Park.  We doubt you’ve ever had ice cream like this, so it’s definitely worth stopping by, and stopping by often.  We hope that they do super well because it’s a real killer spot with a killer taste with a killer family history.  So, we’ve gotta give TropiGlace a standing cone-vation.  Until we’ve tried their other goodies, we can’t fairlygive a Nom rating.  But, we’re talking the real deal here.  Check it yo’self.

Noms:  TBD

Cost: $


Address:  864 Cove Road

Stamford, CT 06902

Phone: (203) 570-5670

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002525880418

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