Luciano’s ice cream is excellent and it offers a huge variety of ice cream and sorbets. My personal favourite flavours are pistachio, hazelnut and key west lemon pie.
Luciano’s first shop opened in Wassenaar in 1996. What I like about Luciano’s is despite the fact that it won the title “Ice cream parlour of the year” in 2006, Luc still creates new flavours for his clients.
This year, Luciano’s introduced the bubble waffle cone! You have a choice of 6 bubble waffles to choose from. I chose the Tony’s sea salt caramel and it didn’t disappoint at all. For €5.50, the bubble waffle came with 2 scoops of ice cream of your choice, Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate chunks, sea salt caramel pearls, caramel sauce and cream. I loved it but next time, I will definitely share it as it was a huge indulgence for one person.
By the way, the bubble waffle isn’t available at all Luciano branches. Fortunately for me, it is available in the Wassenaar branch.
Gouda is famous for its cheese but I discovered something even better – David’s Gelato! This place does AMAZING gelato and sorbet with really unique & interesting combinations. For example, he had a sorbet called Thailand which is made up of mango, coconut & a spicy pepper. I chose the vanilla gelato with homemade raspberry compote, cookies and white chocolate. I wasn’t sure about the combination But it was incredible and had a delightful crunch to it. My daughter had the passion fruit & apricot and raved about it. My husband had the pistachio and he said it was even better than De Lelie’s pistachio ice cream! And the cone was so light and melted in your mouth. Loved it.
This place has over 100 flavours and has new flavours almost weekly. What an avant-garde gelato creator! I was curious about how fresh and pure the gelatos were that I went onto his website and this is what I found out!
David, the owner who is currently in his late 20’s went to Italy in 2012 to learn how to make ice cream and in 2013, he opened his gelato shop in Gouda!
He believes in using only the best ingredients so he sources from all over the world. The fresh fruit is peeled by hand and the milk comes directly from a farm less than 3 minutes away.
You can even hire David’s 3-wheeler ice cream truck for parties, weddings or business functions. Of course, he does wedding ice cream cakes and he even custom makes ice cream for restaurants to suit their menus.
For the address and opening hours, go to http://www.davidsgelato.nl. By the way, it’s open seven days a week from March to October and it’s located in the centre of Gouda.
I have always known about the amazing Fair Trade chocolate that De Lelie sells but today, I tried their homemade ice cream. I couldn’t believe how long the queue was, it started at the front of the shop and went over the bridge. Cyclists passing by struggled to make their way through the crowd. You really have to be patient and wait to be served, but I promise you that it was well worth the wait. I tried 2 flavours – pistachio & “Delftenaartjes”. The pistachio was excellent – in fact I might even say that it’s better than Luciano’s. The “Delftenaartjes” is made of white chocolate, almond praline, almonds and hazelnuts. I am not a white chocolate fan so it didn’t appeal to me as much as the pistachio flavour. If you read my earlier blog about Kek in Delft, De Lelie even has a “Kek” ice cream flavour which is an intense coffee flavour topped with cocoa bits. Unfortunately, this flavour wasn’t available today.
I would have loved to buy a pint of ice cream home but the queue was even longer than before. If you get addicted to to their ice cream (like I am now!), you can buy an ice cream card which gives you 10 scoops worth of ice cream for €11.50 (saving you €1.50 as a scoop costs €1.30). If you are an ice cream fanatic like me, Chocolaterie De Lelie is the place to go!