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Business/Location: Almare Gelato
Address: 2170 Shattuck Ave
City: Berkeley
Zip Code: 94704
Phone: 510-649-1888

Posted by:  Valerie Ng
Photo:  Valerie Ng
   Almare Gelato
I really loved the minimalist decor of this place when it was Gelato Milano. It had hands-down the best authentic Italian gelato I'd been able to find outside Italy. Then after the management changed, obtaining a new name in the process, I was hesitant to go back, sure it just wouldn't be the same. When I finally got around to visiting the shop under its new name, I discovered that some Americanized flavors like peanut butter had entered the mix, bucking its former trend of producing only traditional tastes like panna cotta and strawberry. I skipped the new flavors and stuck with my old favorites, enjoying the Italian music playing in the background, just like old times. Though distracted by the bright red walls, the experience was more or less still the same, with the ice cream's texture staying true to its roots. If you're looking for a cheap dessert after a meal in downtown Berkeley, you can't go wrong with gelato.

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