Life is short, so
let's begin with dessert. On these warm summer days, I suggest Gelato!
As you may know, Gelato is Italian for ice cream and available at
Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe atop Spokane's South Hill. The
word Gelato is derived from the Latin word "gelātus." (meaning frozen).
Gelato is made with milk, cream, various sugars, and flavoring such as
fresh fruit and nut purees. I find it's not as creamy as traditional ice
cream and that the flavors are much more intense. Although the flavors
change from time to time, I happily discovered a wino bonus;
BLUEBERRY MERLOT GELATO!
Blueberry Merlot Gelato! Photo Credit: SIP
And yes, you can taste the Merlot. It's magnificent and perfect for Spokane summers. Ferrante's also carry a delicious VERY BERRYZINFANDEL flavor. So here's your SIP TIP: The Gelato delivery day is Tuesdays. You can call ahead and they'll
order you a pint or better yet a tub (30 servings), invite some
friends (hint hint) over for a chilled Merlot or Zin on the patio.
Photo Credit: Ferrante's
if that wasn't reason enough to go, Ferrante's is also one of my
favorite restaurants for tasteful, yet casual dining. It really is
charming; Café tables, warm paint colors and sidewalk patio dining. There's a delightful gift shop with a unique
selection of truly special finds. You know, the "one for you, one for
me" kind of gift buying. This has become my go to place for gifts.
Here's the second wino bonus;
Ferrante's may have the least expensive wine-by-glass prices
around. (Maybe don't tell them that). Expect a very nice selection of
local, regional and Italian wines, which are also available to purchase
and take home.
in or get gourmet-take-away and eat for at home or for a impromptu
picnic in Manito Park. The menu
is simple, classic Italian. Ferrante's specialties are perfect
hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, just-right baked calzones, pastas served
with Tuscan bread, creative salads and of course, the Italian
quality Gelato. Ferrante's uses the freshest ingredients available and
that's a difference you can taste. When you arrive, you're at an
unimpressive strip-mall but don't turn back, as you'll be charmed to make their acquaintance.
If you've experienced Ferrante's then you know what I'm talking about. If not, get there already, as you are truly missing out.