Panini leaves Eating Adventurer satisfied
I had never been to Gelato Co. for anything but gelato, but a lunch outing with a colleague merited a new experience.
I informed my coworker I was heading to lunch with a friend and when I said Gelato Co., he immediately dismissed the idea. I shrugged it off and went on my way over to the local spot boasting a decent selection of lunchtime fare and, of course, some killer gelato.
On arrival to the small shop next to Emilianos, I was pleased with the selections. From tuna to a variety of turkey sandwiches and more. I felt a simple, light lunch craving could be satisfied here, and a sandwich had been on my mind all day. My friend was adamant that the Pollo Panini was the way to go, and, although I hate to order the same thing as a friend, I felt a recommendation as strong as that one was not to be taken lightly, so we both selected the Pollo Panini meal, which included two sides: chicken salad and cream of mushroom soup. For about $8-$9, that seemed like a pretty good deal.
It took a good 10 minutes longer for my meal than my friends, but I was hoping it was worth the wait. The first thing I noticed, after finally receiving my food, was that my bread was different from hers: her focaccia bread was seasoned with rosemary and mine was sans rosemary. Needless to say, I was very disappointed in that. However, the longer wait time had me ravenous, so I was eager to dig in regardless.
One aspect differing from my idea of a traditional Panini was the extent to which it was stuffed. The generous amount of shredded chicken smothered in a swirl of mozzarella cheese and basil pesto and topped with tomatoes lent itself to a sizably thick sandwich, despite the pressed nature of a Panini. Each bite was as delicious as the first, the bread had a crunch that complemented the soft chicken mixture, and the mild mozzarella cut some of the richness of the pesto. The size of the sandwich did not set the stage for the size of the sides: I received what I would consider a dollop of chicken salad, which was just OK. Also, the soup was thinner than a cream of mushroom should have been. The sandwich, however, was fabulous and left me feeling ideally satiated.
When I returned to work and told my coworker about my lunch, he could not believe that I did not eat gelato. I hope this article will remove the stigma of Gelato Co. being solely in the frozen treat business, as its lunch options were quite good, but not so good as to knock gelato out as the reigning contender for why this establishment merits a visit.
The Pluses and Minuses of The Gelato Co.:
The Gelato Co. (+) indicators: Friendly service (try as many gelato flavors as desired!); tasty sandwich; amazing gelato
The Gelato Co. (-) indicators: Somewhat longer wait time for a lunch break; small and lackluster sides compared with the main dish
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Frozen treat company offers lunch surprises!
By Angie Shepherd Keen
EDITORS NOTE: Angie is a legal assistant, and a lover of all things downtown.
The Gelato Company is absolutely, in my opinion, one of downtown's most finest lunch treats!! I simply love the atmosphere that this tiny little eatery offers.
Along with the fabulous Gelato, they have some of Gville's most creative sandwich offerings, delightful and tasty salads, along with my favorite raspberry tea!
I try and eat salads at least 2-3 times per week for lunch and have found that it can be both challenging and mundane, however, Gelato's house dressing and homemade croutons are the bomb! I also love their chicken salad on greens with the house dressing and those croutons simply send it over the top,
For a bargain price, you can order one of their many daily sandwich specials (which includes a drink), or splurge a bit for a salad and drink (which comes with a Gelato).
They make countless different flavors of their Italian Gelato & cakes daily and they will let you sample each one if you like. It's all yummy goodness!!
The service is always with a smile, and the servers seem to go out of their way to make sure you enjoy the Gelato lunch experience.
If you are lucky, or ask, they will also give you a 10% off card, and there is a Gelato Addict Card, so after every eight visits, the 9th Gelato is FREE!!!
And did I mention FRESH? It's all fresh, homemade breads, croutons, salads and more.
I just love that place and can't say enough goodness about The Gelato Company!!
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- Phone Number: 376-8269
- Address: 11 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Gelato Company
- Latitude: 29.650803
- Longitude: -82.32451
angie shepherd keen ;) Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:46 Comment Link
Okay, so I'm still right around the corner from Gelato's and I've gone there twice this week already...just love ALL of their salads and sandwiches!! I am an extremely picky eater, and hate chain restaurants! Corey, the owner of Gelato's, is a young and innovative guy, who really knows sandwiches and salads...NOT TO MENTION THE GELATO! Corey uses fresh ingredients, makes his dressings and spreads from scratch, uses only fresh baked bread, continually exposes his Jersey-style in very yummy and unique ways, and always has a multitude of Gelato flavors to chose. Consistency with any small restaurant is tough, but overall, I think Gelatos is the Bomb!!!! I encourage everyone to visit downtown for a Gelato experience.
a/k/a Salad Lover ;)
Angie Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:43 Comment Link
I still love The Gelato Co.! I eat there at least once, sometimes twice a week. The Chicken Salad on Greens is my favorite, but I also really enjoy the Great Greeeen Salad with their special marinated chicken (which is like no other)!! And don't get me started on the Gelato....yum.
(the Salad Queen)
The GLOB Master finally got to try the much talked about Gelato Co. Cheese Steak Sub. This is a very good stea sandwich! Lots of steak and cheese and I added peppers, onions and mushrooms to this Very big-enough-for-two-sandwich. The sub had a secret ingredient of a creamy, tasty white sauce that permeated every delicious bite. I'm going back to get another!
Danielle Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:11 Comment Link
I think their recent addition 'cheese steak' is quite amazing. It's a mix of both Jersey and Philly style, with green bell peppers, sauteed onions, mushrooms and very very cheesy. A bit pricy since the foot long is $12!!! I always get the 6-inch because I'm petite and I can never eat a whole sub by myself.
As for their paninis, I'm a bit disappointed. I think they shrunk in size. I once ordered a panini meal a year ago and there was more bread and this time around it was two-bites small.
Jasmine Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:19 Comment Link
+ Stopped in on our way to the rock gym to get a lite bite. Salads we could have shared but didn't. Drink and gelato had me climbing like a spider monkey.
Wayne Smith Thursday, 16 September 2010 19:23 Comment Link
Agree with Angie. Best value lunch in Gainesville. Combining ambience, food quality, service and price it cannot be beat. I really like their creativity in sculpting salads. Of course the Gelato finish is divine. While I do not live in town I try to hit GC at least once a month