Monday, May 04, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #341: Carmela Ice Cream Co. (Pasadena)
Restaurant: Carmela Ice Cream Co.
Location: 2495 E Washington Blvd (Pasadena)
Type of restaurant: Ice Cream
We stipulated: After hiking at nearby Eaton Canyon, we wanted a cool treat to celebrate Maria's birthday. We just happened to spy Carmela on the way to our hike, and so it beat out our other choice, a quick drive to Fosselman's.
They stipulated: "We make artisan ice cream and sorbet, using fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients sourced from local farmers' markets. Established in 2007."
What we ordered: Mike: 2 scoops-- Salted Caramel and Lavender Honey ($5.95). Maria: Cone-- Lime Mint Sorbet ($5.75). Blogger Kids: Cone-- Salted Caramel ($5.75) and Cone-- Chocolate Sorbet ($5.75).
High point: Maria's lime mint sorbet was extra refreshing after that hike. The salted caramel is always a hit.
Low point: You want your ice cream in a cone? It's $1 more, no matter what.
Overall impression: It felt a little bit like we were cheating on our beloved Scoops -- but hey, our local Scoops in Highland Park is closed on Sundays. Carmela's flavors aren't nearly as adventurous/wacky as Scoops, but that's OK. The ingredients are fresh and the flavors are spot-on. It may be a little bit on the pricey side, but worth the occasional splurge.
Will we return: Yes, especially if we were nearby the store.