Morano Gelato is quickly winning me over. Over the past 2 weeks, they've had at least 2 dairy-free options each time that I've stopped by and the flavors have gotten a lot more interesting. My favorite sorbetto flavors so far are dark chocolate (yes, it's a sorbet!) and grapefruit. The dark chocolate reminds me of a slightly bitter version of a Fudgecicle. It's creamy and rich without being overly sweet. The grapefruit is light and airy and possibly the most refreshing-tasting ice cream product that I have ever tasted. Unlike many American "gelato" shops, Morano Gelato knows its craft. The sorbetto is actually creamy, as true Italian sorbetti ought to be.
I'm thrilled that Morano Gelato has been moving in a more vegan-friendly direction. The only thing holding me back from giving them 5 stars at this point is that there are still some days when there is only one vegan flavor and it's something pretty standard (like lemon). That said, if the number and variety of vegan options become more consistent, I will gladly give Morano Gelato that extra star.
Original Review: May 13, 2011
I was so excited to learn that Hanover was getting a gelateria - I literally walked past the storefront every day for a month in hopes that it would open. However, Morano Gelato finally opened last week and, so far, I have been a little disappointed with the non-dairy offerings. I'm used to gelato shops with dairy-free sorbetto flavors comprising roughly 40% of the menu. So far, Morano Gelato only seems to have 1 dairy-free flavor available at a time, and it's usually pretty uninspiring (lemon, passion fruit, banana). On the other hand, it seems like there are always around 10 flavors that are made with dairy, and most of these flavors look really interesting (olive oil, chili-chocolate, panna cotta, jasmine, honey).
I spoke with the owner and she mentioned that she's hoping to start having 2 sorbetto flavors at a time once the weather warms up, but she warned me that the fruit-based flavors don't sell as well as the cream-based flavors, so she's not sure how sustainable it will be to carry 2 sorbetti at a time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that something changes soon. I realize that Morano Gelato has to do what is best for its business, but it's getting really depressing waiting in the gelato line with my friends, only to leave empty-handed (somehow, it feels worse to settle for the lemon sorbet while everyone else goes crazy over the exciting non-vegan flavors) .