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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bianco; it's a step back in time

Carla, making peach gelato; Federico is ready to greet guests.
Jackie at the BID, has been talking about Bianco, the new gelato store, for quite a while now, she is so enamored with the place, that I told her the next time I saw her, it would probably be behind the counter at Bianco, scooping gelato. Well, I went over and met Federico and Carla di Franco, owners of the new place, and I returned to the BID and told Jackie, "I think I'm going to be standing next to you scooping gelato when they open!"

It's that great. They are that friendly. Bianco opens tomorrow, July 25 on Commodore Plaza.

Bianco is all natural, even the organic milk comes from cows that are grass fed! Gelato by nature has less fat than ice cream, only 8% or so and Bianco's gelato is hormone and GMO free. Federico's Italian family comes from a long history of gelato making and Carla's Italian family is associated with health and nutrition and the two combined to start something new right here in the Grove.

If you are allergic to dairy or are vegan, fear not, they have lots of dairy-free gelato flavors. All made right on the premises. Flavors will change daily. "Our gelato is light, tasty and guilt free," says Federico. And get this, all the fruit comes from the famous Robert Is Here!

Their idea is to make people feel as if they are on the French Riviera or St. Tropez, when they enter the store, just like the gelato, the atmosphere is light and airy.

This is Bianco's concept store, the di Francos would love to open other stores around Miami. 

Some of their creations include "Coconut Grove" which of course is coconut, there is Classic Belgium Chocolate, Tonga Vanilla, Fig and Blueberry, Himalayan Pink Salt Peanut Butter, Nut Milk and dozens more flavors. 

Piccolo (small) is $4.50 / Medio (medium) is $6.50 and Grande (large) is $8.00). 

There will be coffee, all types, American, espresso, etc.  and small bakery items, Affogato al Coffee (which is a gelato float in espresso), and for me, Frederico suggested a Brioche with gelato in the center. 

Something interesting is "Granita," it's lighter than gelato, but just as flavorful.  Perfect for summer. It's a slushy-type treat made with ice from natural mineral water, fresh seasonal fruits, coffee and/or almonds. 

With all the talk of changes in Coconut Grove, this is a trip backwards to a gentler time. It's a place where they know your name and they know their neighbors. They care about the Grove and their business and it shows. The location is the former Coconut Grove Flower Shop which started there in the 1940s and this feels like an old-fashioned gelato/ice cream place right in that historic space.

Bianco is located at 3137 Commodore Plaza. Their hours are Monday-Tuesday from 10 am to 9 pm and Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm. See you there!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to visiting soon! Especially considering my name is Carla Blanco, haha!

July 24, 2014 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum definitely stopping by tomorrow! Thanks Tom!

July 24, 2014 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! Good gelato AND friendly service?? My fellow Grovites know what I am talking about when I say I've been hopeful to get that combo because we've only had 1/2 of that equation up till now ;)

July 25, 2014 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try the non-dairy frozen gelato!

July 25, 2014 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friendly but went last night and the gelato was meh ! Will try again, maybe but not thrilled.

July 26, 2014 10:38 AM  
Blogger Alice Urtiaga said...

I am from sisily,Italy and we have been lookink for a place that does granita and brioche here in soth florida so we will be glad to try how you guys make it.a dopo

July 27, 2014 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Maria T. said...

I lived in Italy for a while and was gelato feind. People shouldn't compare icecream to gelato because it's not meant to be the same thing at all. I had the peach gelato and it was absolutely divine. It truly brought me back to the bar central in San Gemini, Italy. It is also very lovely and the people truly friendly. A must for anyone who loves gelato.

August 01, 2014 11:37 AM  

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