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“Never tasted better icecream, even in Italy”

La Casa Del Bello Gelato
Ranked #1 of 1 Dessert in Folkestone
Description: Folkestone institution for many years, best ice cream for many miles, it must be in !
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Description: Folkestone institution for many years, best ice cream for many miles, it must be in !
Reviewed 31 August 2013

British icecream is a very variable experience. Most places offer mediocre, mass-produced bland frozen dairy products that are barely recognizable as icecream, which means you have to resort to making your own or finding a good source, and in La Casa Del Gelato you won't find better. It's tucked away on a side-street with a few other little shops (the kitchen shop next door but one is really good fyi), and can and does easily go unnoticed. The fact that it's still going despite it's location and the lack of real advertising or significant expansion (as far as I know the owners have resisted their non-Folkestone patron's urgings to set-up or franchise in other towns), is testament to the sheer quality of their product. Every icecream and sorbet I have tasted there (and I've been going for years now) has been fantastic, with smooth texture (small crystals) and a beautiful balance of flavours. Mainstream icecreams such as Ben and Jerry's and Haagen-Daz tend to go for very sweet, inoffensive and on occasion, bland flavours, but here the flavours pack a punch, in particular the dark chocolate icecream and strawberry sorbet. Even in Italy I've only been to a couple of gelaterias that were the equal of La Casa Del Gelato. The prices are extremely reasonable too.
My only complaint is that, as I see has been mentioned by other reviewers, the service is seldom friendly. Luckily for us and them, it's a take-away only location, but it would be a tremendous benefit to all concerned if the servers could be encouraged to be a little less terse (people buy more when they receive friendly service, folks, come on!).
Overall though, if you're in Folkestone, or even just looking for a few hours to kill on the way to your ferry, this place is well worth your time.

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Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

As a local (ish) it is a real treat for myself, family and friends to have an ice cream from ''The Ice Cream Shop''. I personally love ice cream and you cant get any better than this. The orange, carrot and lemon sorbet is a winner, especially with the white chocolate ice cream. Don't just drive past this place, a true hidden gem.

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Reviewed 30 May 2013

What a fantastic find. The store offers a variety of different flavours and it took a little while to choose our ice creams.

Whilst the ice creams were dense, flavoursome and delicious, the service was a little icy, surly and grumpy. Come on server smile a little!

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Thank Mootman
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

This is the best icecream ever tasted. Worth the 20 mile round trip for an icecream, Dreams are made of this.Only take away available so we choose a selection of flavours and eat a small tub on the leas cliff. Then choose more of a larger quantity to take home in an insulated egg shaped tub. to last until our next trip,really good value.

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Thank Mabby121
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This ice cream parlor is without a doubt one of Folkestone's best kept secrets. The eye candy when you queue to place your order is enough to crack the most die hard dieter. Abandon all hope ye who enters here.
The ice cream is in a word simply DELICIOUS. And it all comes at a fraction of the prices charges in London.
My personal favourite is dark chocolate, coffee and black cherry oh yes and also fresh blueberry, and the watermelon sorbet and OMG the tiramisu and oh what about the strawberry and pistachio and ... I think you get the drift.

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