UPDATE September 2011: Chocolat has changed ownership, and is in fact no longer called Chocolat but Shockolat or something similar. I haven’t tried it under the new ownership and cannot confirm it’s as good as this was.
Dang, I am sick, thanks to a houseguest last week who shall not be named. Yes, like Voldemort. I have been consuming Kleenex at an ungodly pace. But that’s no excuse! It’s lovely, chilly and really sunny outside so I will have to force myself outside a bit more. Exercise is good for a cold, no?
I wrote about doing a Tour del Gelato a few weeks ago and have had to take on this “difficult” task mainly alone. I force Sante out with me, but it’s like pulling teeth to try ice cream everywhere. Heh.
We made our way through the Garibaldi area, then Brera, and then I “maneuvered” him over to the Cadorna area, where I knew there was a gelateria in the area I had heard about.
It’s called Chocolat, and when I stepped inside, I immediately noticed something (besides the people all crowded around the display case). All the people working inside are Indian or African…or chocolat.
I wasn’t sure how to take this, to be honest. If the owner is Indian or African and these are friends/family/etc, it’s kitsch and I guess I forgive them. If the owner is Italian and/or they hire people just based on color, it’s screwed up.
Before I jumped to too many conclusions, I decided to focus on the real reason I came: The Gelato.
The inside of Chocolat is interesting – there is a bar on the left side for coffee (with a piece of chocolate at the bottom), a few different fudgy-looking chocolate cakes and a selection of “bar” drinks you may need to wash down your selection. Though I didn’t see a big vat of milk and a fire hose attached to it, which in my opinion would have been the most effective offering.
On the right side there are a few small tables for seating but you really have to squeeze in there so often people spill out onto the street as seen above. What surprised me, and I didn’t notice until quite later, was that there was a small second floor with seating that was visible through some glass panels that looked down on the lower floor. It’s hard to say how big the seating area was upstairs, I’m guessing for about 10 people.
They have a selection of about 20 flavors which I believe vary continuously. Chocolat is of course known for its chocolate flavors and those vary as well – Orange Chocolate, Hot Pepper Chocolate, Cinnamon Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Amaretto Chocolate (the cookie, not the liquor) and Hazelnut Chocolate are some of the flavors I’ve seen.
In the end I decided to go with Cioccolato fondente, dark chocolate, Fior di Latte, Milk flavor, and Cioccolato con Pepperoncini, Chocolate with Hot Pepper. I am very into dark chocolate lately – something about flavor extremes are calling me as I’m into that, a lot of hot pepper and gorgonzola in this period.
Sante got his standard Pistacchio and Nocciola, hazelnut, which were both very very good for not being chocolate flavors.
I chose Fior di Latte because knew I shouldn’t get all chocolate flavors, but in the end I should have picked a flavor that could stand on its on and therefore contrast better with the chocolate flavors. Even though the 3 flavor serving was still very small, it seemed like too much for me as I struggled to finish it. Two flavors, one being chocolate, would have been a better idea as their chocolate is really rich and lives up to its name.
Chocolat (they have a website but there’s only a coming soon)
via Boccaccio, 9 – Milano (MI) : [Metro Red/1 line: Cadorna] : Tel. 02/48100597
Have an idea for my tour’s next stop? Want to come along?