In May 2014, À La Mode Gelato began serving gelato at local farmers markets. One year later, À La Mode is opening its first brick and mortar store at 1420 S. Alamo in the Blue Star Arts Complex. When we received an invitation to preview all the gelato and sorbets flavors, it was nearly impossible to decline. Gelato made from locally sourced ingredients? Yes, always yes.
À La Mode will offer 16 gelato flavors daily, including Ricotta and Blackberry, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Bourbon, and Salted Caramel, as well as non-dairy sorbettos with flavors like Belgian Dark Chocolate, Lemon and Prickly Pear, and Blood Orange and Ginger. I tasted the mango and pineapple with basil sorbets. They were just as refreshing as they sound and the basil didn’t overpower the pineapple at all – the gelato was created in perfect unison.
All of the flavors at À La Mode are original; you won’t find vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I tried the pecorino and honey gelato. Pecorino is an Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk and mixed with honey to create this divine combination. Whenever there’s cheese in any type of dish, I’m always ready for a taste.
Along with gelato and sorbets, À La Mode will feature espresso drinks, salumi boards, Bakery Lorraine pastries and paninis.
Josh Biffle and his wife, Diletta Gallorini, are the owners of À La Mode. The grand opening is on May 21st from 5 to 10 p.m. with music by DJ Steven Lee Moya and Alamo Beer samples for guests to enjoy along with a full menu. On May 22nd, À La Mode will be open with regular hours – 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
What flavor are you most excited to try? Or better yet, how much do you love gelato? Let us know in the comments!