Midwest Living Review
Enjoy sweet treats and a warm, friendly atmosphere at this tiny shop with big flavors. Employees at Balsano's Gelato Cafe call frequent buyers by name, and a rainbow of ice creams tempt everyone who comes in. The cafe staff makes gelato flavors on-site using fresh fruit. Some flavors change with the seasons. Several varieties have no dairy, including Apple Cinnamon and Pineapple Coconut. Wedding Cake gelato is a creamy, cold version of the wedding staple and lemon gelato is light and refreshing. Made from milk rather than cream, gelato has less air than ice cream, a denser texture and more distinct flavor. Gelato cups run $3.95 to $5.95. Purchase hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, fruit smoothies, and malts ($4-$4.75). Buy breakfast or lunch for under $7, then have a cup of gelato for dessert.