FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES MANGIAMO OFFER CATERING?
Yes! Mangiamo offers a number of catering options for your next party. Pick up a party pack, order full pans of your favorite gelato and sorbetto, or schedule our catering cart and we'll bring the gelato to you! We offer catering throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County including: Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Garden Grove, Westminster and more! View our catering menu for more information.
WHAT IS GELATO?
Gelato is basically the Italian word for ice cream. Made with milk, heavy cream, sugars and stabilizers. Gelato is a healthier alternative because it contains less calories, sugars and fats compared to the regular ice cream. You won’t believe it when you taste the rich flavor and the creamy texture, but, it’s 100% true!
WHAT MAKES GELATO SO MUCH BETTER THAN ICE CREAM?
There are two differences that distinguish Italian gelato from American ice cream. They are the fat content and the air. The first is that gelato is made from milk, not cream, as opposed to American ice cream which contains a mixture of 50% milk to 50% cream. The second is that American ice cream is filled with up to 60% air. Ever wonder why the ice cream in your freezer shrinks after it melts on the way home from the store and then refreezes in the freezer? Well, the air content in gelato is only 30%, giving it a richer and denser flavor. You eat less, but get more. Overall, these differences give Mangiamo Gelato a creamy, smooth texture which is rich in flavor. Bottom line is that gelato tastes better and is a healthy alternative to American ice cream.
WHAT SETS MANGIAMO GELATO APART FROM OTHER GELATERIAS?
Magiamo Gelato is made fresh daily, right in the store, giving customers the finest Italian gelato possible. Our recipes are made from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients combined with our italian recipes and a passion to serve only the best gelato. At Mangiamo Gelato Caffe, we view our customers as a part of our family and strive to create a personal and genuine relationship with each of them. Come taste our gelato and you will see for yourself that Mangiamo Gelato Caffe is in a class by itself.
DO YOU OFFER ANY DAIRY-FREE GELATO?
Our dairy free gelato, for now, is our sorbetto. It is fat-free, cholesterol free because it’s made with a water base instead of a milk base.
WHAT IS SORBETTO?
Sorbetto is an American term for an even healthier version of gelato because it is made with water instead of milk, making it fat-free and dairy-free. Our sorbettos are made with fresh fruit and natural ingredients.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU MAKE YOUR GELATO AND SORBETTO?
Mangiamo Gelato is made fresh every day, right in the store. Our motto, “MADE FRESH DAILY IN HUNTINGTON BEACH” is what sets Mangiano Gelato apart from the rest. We use the freshest ingredients to give you the best flavors.
DO YOU OFFER FREE SAMPLES?
Of course, come into the store and sample away! You’ll find 18+ flavors to choose from, so don’t just pick one flavor. Learn to match flavors to create your own favorites.
CAN I GET MULTIPLE FLAVORS IN A CUP OR CONE?
Yes, depending on the size you buy you can get up to three flavors in a cup or cone.
WHERE DID GELATO COME FROM?
Gelato is a popular Italian frozen dessert that originated in Italy. Its history dates back to ancient Rome and Egypt, where people would mix crushed ice or snow with fruit juices, honey, and other flavorings to create a refreshing treat. However, the modern version of gelato is usually attributed to the Renaissance period in Italy, specifically to the region of Florence.
One popular legend credits the Florentine architect and artist Bernardo Buontalenti with inventing gelato in the 16th century. Buontalenti was tasked with organizing a lavish feast to celebrate the arrival of the Spanish delegation in Florence. He supposedly created gelato as part of the dessert offerings and impressed everyone with his creation.
Gelato differs from traditional ice cream in that it has a lower fat content, as it typically contains more milk and less cream. It also has less air incorporated during the churning process, resulting in a denser, smoother, and more intense flavor profile. Since its invention, gelato has become an iconic Italian dessert, enjoyed around the world.
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