You are no longer at a loss for good ice cream in David. Around a week ago la ghiotta gelateria opened in David on Avenida 3a Oeste on the opposite side of the street from Banco Nacional.
I had received a comment on my Gelarti Post telling me that another Gelateria Italiana had opened. I have had this ice-cream a couple of times. In Boquete and at last year’s David Fair.
I talked to the owner while I was there and told him the competition was heating up on ice-cream with three new locations opening up in the last month. He said he wasn’t worried because he had faith in the quality of his product.
You can order ice-cream and coffee. It doesn’t have the specialty desserts such as banana splits, milkshakes brownies of its competition, but it does have excellent ice-cream.
I had a vanilla cone and it was as good as all the previous times I have had this ice-cream. I haven’t had a vanilla cone in Gelarti, but it will be difficult for it to be better.
Both of these new locations have reasons to go there. It is probably going to make me have to make several more comparison runs.
If you stop in, tell them you heard about them from Chiriquí Chatter.
Antonio Errante owns and operates Helados JTO in Boquete in the shopping area adjacent to the bridge that crosses over to the fair grounds. When my cousin was here from New York, this is one of the places we dropped into in Boquete.
While Lilliam and my cousin Joy were shopping in an shop next door, I slipped into JTO to take a look. One look told me I had to get Lilliam and Joy to have some ice cream before we left Boquete.
The ice cream took me back to the ice cream Lilliam and I had in Rome and with good cause. Antonio hails from Sicily.
The ice-cream was fantastic. If you visit Boquete and don’t stop in, you have missed a real treat.
However, the biggest treat for us was when Antonio took to the keyboard and serenaded the clients. I am including a short clip to give you a taste of the entertainment.
To get a taste of the fabulous ice cream, you will have to stop in yourself. Photos don’t do it justice.
Remember to tell them you learned about them on Chiriquí Chatter.
While there is a walk-in store next to El Campeon, there are individual entrepreneurs that use push carts in the neighborhoods. When I lived in Boquete, I would see them walking from Boquete up to Santa Lucia.
Here is a photo of my neighbor buying before me. The push carts only carry the treats on the stick. Now I know why my favorites are always missing.
Last month (I know I am behind), I stopped into Gelateria Italiana following the US Embassy warden lunch at Hotel Panamonte.
You will find Gelateria Italiana a block west from the Bistro Restaurant. This is the place that is now providing ice cream for Delicia Italiana in David. If you like ice-cream and are in Boquete, you have to try this place. It isn’t cheap, but it is high quality.
I stuck with a cup of vanilla. There are a few more flavors in Boquete than in David, but the ones in David rotate, so I guess they all get there.
Also, I had a reader contact me and tell me that Gelato Pacifico has its equipment working again in Chiriquí Mall. That means there are two good ice-cream places in David. Haven’t been there after getting the email, but will soon.
UPDATE – March 2015 I stopped to get an ice cream and found it closed. Bummer!
You may remember that I had a post on Delicia Italiana some time back and commented I was disappointed because I saw the Ice Cream freezer, with the label Estrella Azul on it, and assumed they just carried the local ice cream. I had gone in specifically because I wanted to try the gelato.
Luckily, the owner got directed to the post and gave the straight “Scoop” about what they were serving and invited me back.
After a morning of looking at cars, all over David, Natalie and I decided to give Delicia Itiliana a try yesterday. I am happy to report that it was fantastic.
Apparently those living in Boquete have been enjoying this ice-cream because it is being brought to David from there.
My favorite place for ice cream in David had been Gelato Pacifico at Chiriqui Mall, however, it has not been open the last couple of times I have gone there. I just wrote David Stewart an email to find out the status.
However, if there is one thing we can always use, it is another option for great ice cream and Delicia Italiana is a great option. I think Luis, at Cuatro across the street, should add this ice cream to his menu.
I was told that there are usually about eight flavors to choose from. I took a photo to give you an idea. Before you ask, FRAGOLA is strawberry.
I had a pistachio and Natalie has some sort of chocolate with nuts. The scoops were very large and well worth the $2.00. Both were outstanding. Creamy, smooth, luscious, what more could you want in an ice cream?
I spent a fair amount of time talking to Yantzel who served us. She spoke very good English and promised to send me information on the school she had attended in David, which I had not heard of. As we were talking about Panamanians learning English, I had mentioned I thought it was a matter of the student having the desire to learn it.
She cracked me up when she said she hated English, but hated bad grades more. She said that getting a mark below a 4.0 drove her crazy and since the school she went to required English and not learning it would lower her grade point, she worked hard to learn it.
I salute her. I hope that Antonio, the owner of Delicia Italiana, realizes how lucky he is to have Yantzel being the image of service at Delicia Italiana. I liked her attitude toward life. I liked her service and I liked her friendly smile. If you stop into Delicia Italiana (which I highly recommend if you want to try some exceptional ice cream), tell Yantzel you saw her on Chiriqui Chatter.
Yesterday afternoon I visited the Regional Hospital, and my pick me up after these visits is to stop into Gelato Pacifico at the Chiriquí Mall Food Court.
Yesterday, I was greeted with two new flavors. One was Rum Raisin, which I really like and thought I would get it when i saw it was available.
The other was called Choco Mix. The lady behind the counter told me it was one I would really enjoy. What a decision to make. One of my all time favorites or an unknown Choco Mix.
Well the lady was so convincing, that I took Choco Mix. It was absolutely fabulous. If you are coming into David for any kind of business, you have to try out the best ice cream in Chiriquí. It will make your drive back to where ever you are going so much more pleasurable.
Tell David, the owner, I sent you and to keep up the great work.
I had to go back to the Regional Hospital today. I had a very successful trip and was feeling good when I left.
It is difficult to turn left onto the InterAmerican Highway at certain times and this was one of them. When it is difficult I turn right and then make a U-turn as soon as I can. Today, for some unknown reason, I missed my first turn and happened to get to the Chiriquí Mall entrance.
Since I was there, I decided to reward myself with an ice cream. Today I tried Carmelo. It may be my new favorite. If you haven’t been to Gelato Pacifico yet, you do not know what you are missing.
In my ongoing attempt to try each flavor at the new Gelato Pacifico, this time I tried chocolate. Now that was one potent chocolate. Very satisfying and extremely chocolatey!!! I would definitely order it again.
But then I still have a few flavors to go before having the second of any flavor. Will I break and reorder Tiramisu prior to trying them all. It could happen. Of course I really liked the vanilla too. Ah, it is a tough job, but someone has to do it.
When I was leaving 10 Panamanians came in to order. I guess the word is getting around.