Last year December I woke up one morning and suggested to Chantelle that we take a drive out towards Stanford for a picnic at Klein River Cheese farmstead, to which she readily agreed – basically because she is head over heels in love with this quaint, oft-overlooked little riverside Overberg town, and will pretty much use any excuse to pay it a visit!
Anyway, a visit to Stanford is not complete without a visit to Don Gelato, makers of fine Italian ice cream, so that’s exactly what we did as we wrapped up our day of dining on little pieces of cheese and bread in the countryside.
Only, we were in for a little surprise when we did reach the distinctively green building towards the bottom of Queen Victoria Street – Don Gelato has more or less been demoted to a tiny “ice cream served from a counter” experience!
Well, that’s only technically true.
The Giovanetti family that launched Don Gelato in 2013 always used to offer authentic Italian meals every now and then from the Don Gelato building/restaurant, but obviously that business was good enough to now give it a proper go, meaning that the Don Gelato and its ice cream operation has been shifted to the side, while the main restaurant has been rebranded into La Trattoria – which very obviously is now Stanford’s premier Italian restaurant experience.
Sadly, this then means no more nice back courtyard to sit and enjoy your ice cream in, meaning that instead we trundled down towards some steps across from the beautiful Dutch Reformed church in order to chow down our expensive (I guess because of all the good, organic ingredients that go into making these chilled delights) gelato treats there.
Pleasingly though, the flavour selection of ice creams on offer is still as it was – i.e. great – and the gelato itself delicious, so still well worth popping into if you feel like a treat on a hot Summer’s day.
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Ice creams devoured, it was then back home, though we made sure to take the scenic drive through Hermanus this time round!