Thursday, July 1, 2010
749 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA www.morellisicecream.com
My friend Kathy recommended that I try Morelli’s, an ice cream shop in east Atlanta. She’d recently tried the salted caramel flavor. I brought up the website and saw that Morelli’s offers lots of interesting and unusual flavors, such as coconut jalapeno, sweet corn, and red bean.
Then I saw the one that made me decide I had to give Morelli’s a try: maple bacon brittle. I’ll try anything with bacon. Ice cream is no exception.
Morelli’s is located a couple of miles east of Little 5 Points on Moreland Avenue. It’s set up like Bruster’s, where you order from a window and eat your ice cream outside at one of the umbrella-covered tables. It’s in a small brick shopping plaza with a lot that was completely full when I got there. I ended up parking across the street in a gravel lot, but I don’t know if this is a good idea during the adjoining business’ working hours.
Alas, after 40 minutes of driving from Buckhead after work I arrived at Morelli’s and was told that they didn’t have the maple bacon brittle that day. Apparently the website is only a general guide to the flavors – you can’t assume that just because it’s listed on the site that the shop will have it that day.
Not what I wanted to hear, I can assure you.
But you have to take a step back in these situations and remind yourself, “Well, it IS an ice cream shop.”
A line was forming, so I had to make a quick decision about what to order. The day's specials included ginger cinnamon spice gelato, green tea ice cream and grapefruit campari sorbet. I chose the chocolate orange and the maple walnut flavors.
They were both excellent, especially the chocolate orange. It’s like an ice cream version of those chocolate oranges you can buy around Christmas. You know, the round ones that fit in the palm of your hand and are wrapped in foil and sectioned out just like a real orange? Delicious. The maple walnut was smooth and super creamy with lots of nuts. Great stuff.
While I was there, I saw a sign posted on the window that Kevin Gillespie, of previously reviewed Woodfire Grill, is now working in conjunction with Morelli’s. He’s now a “guest ice cream maker”, and his first flavor was S’mores, with homemade graham crackers and marshmallows and local honey. I’m a big fan of Gillespie, and his endorsement is a big deal for this little ice cream shop.
Verdict: Quality, delicious ice cream.