G for Gelato and Espresso Bar

Last updated on November 11th, 2020 at 01:27 am

Last Updated: November 11, 2020

G... for Gelato and Espresso Bar—Shant Behesnilan and Faema

G… for Gelato and Espresso Bar

Seating: Around 30

Address: 75 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON

Location: Jarvis/Adelaide

Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence

Food type: Italian fare and gelato

Shant Behesnilan is a man who’s passionate about customer service. He’s done what many only dream of—making the jump from working a safe job to working the right job.

With a family history in the restaurant trade, Shant grew up working in all areas behind the scenes at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale, California (aka one of the favourite Armenian restaurants of the Kardashians), owned by his uncle, Ara Kalfaian.

After travelling the path of many a Canadian—go to school, get a job, pay your dues—Shant soon discovered that life behind a desk wasn’t for him and went on a quest for something different.

Originally looking to open a frozen yogurt shop, Shant was thrice denied by fate, once having lost out on a lease to Menchie’s by seconds; once seeing a Yogurty’s opening up across the street from a spot he was viewing; and when he looked one last time, up the street was G… for Gelato and Espresso Bar, a family-owned business founded in November 2011 that had astounding family recipes covered, but to take customer service to the next level, needed some outside help.

Under Shant’s new management and ownership as of fall 2012, G for Gelato has a ton going for it—a scenic view of St. James Park across the street, authentic Italian food and customer service that brings it all together.

The good thing about doing reviews for Buytopia.ca is that it gets me to find cool places in Toronto that I wouldn’t make time to visit otherwise, and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this one!

With recipes coming from a small Italian town and brought to Toronto for our delight, G for Gelato has a lot going for it:

  • it’s ranked #1 of 4,065 restaurants in Toronto on TripAdvisor
  • all the food’s made in-house, especially the gelato made daily at 7:30 AM with hand-squeezed flavours, pasteurized for healthiness and rotated more often than your average gelato shop
  • pizzas cooked in a Moretti Formi Amalfi Vintage oven imported from Italy
  • espressos made with a Faema Emblema machine based on designs from Giorgetto Giugiaro (who’s designed some obscure cars called Lamborghinis and Ferraris to name a few)

Sarah and I had a great time getting to know Shant and his team, and I hope to visit again sometime. If you don’t happen to make it to the St. Lawrence Market area, they’re also delivering through orderit.ca, so you can get your gelato… and eat it too! (Especially if you take advantage of the Buytopia deal on until end-of-day Sunday, March 24, 2013!)

–case p.

[Disclaimer: As a Buytopia Inner Circle blogger, I get to test deals out to give you an honest review so you know what you’re getting into. Shant was kind enough to comp the delicious meal! Thanks, Shant!]

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

15 replies on “G for Gelato and Espresso Bar”

As a woman who lives dangerously (ie within walking distance to both Hollywood Gelato and The Mad Italian on Bayview), I am stoked to check this place out. Also: the pizza looks fantastic!!!

It was all RIDICULOUSLY delicious — the pizza chef actually worked (works? I don’t know whether we were told he still works there or if he’s a vet from there) at Pizzeria Libretto, so the man knows what he’s doing with dough! Sarah described many of the flavours as “refreshing”, so that’s always a good thing 😉

Perhaps we’ll all go check it out sometime — has line-ups out the door on a regular summer or weekend day, so we’ll have to time it!

The closest I see offhand from the photos was the Ferrero Rocher gelato, but if you want to get rid of all the cruncy bits, I’m sure they have something close. I looked at the labels in the photo and didn’t see “Nutella” SPECIFICALLY, but many flavours that looked pretty close to that delicious hazelnutty spread 😉

Will definitely be trying this place out now.
I hate to admit, I live around the corner and haven’t been before.

Give it a shot, man 🙂 I had a really good time when I was there and was impressed by how flavourful everything was. It attracts a lot of tourists due to its location, but they recognized a lot of them as they came in and make them feel at home, so it looks like they get a lot of regulars, which is ALWAYS a good sign 🙂

Definitely one to put on the list!

casey, this is reporter style! you got way more of the story behind shant’s path towards g for gelato. it’s fun to see your experience, and then contrast that to mine. similarities? we both had some amazing food. i’d be back for the gelato, 100%.

and great pix! i added a link to this blog post on my blog bc people have to know!!!

Thanks for the love, Judy 🙂 Your link showed up as a pingback on my post, and I was very happy to see it 🙂

I guess my style’s journalistic because of years of interviewing people and really getting to know what they’re about to make sure I’m getting the full story 🙂

But yes. It was DELICIOUS! Definitely somewhere I need to visit again!

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