Noe Valley's Belgano chocolatier and gelateria is a treat in more ways than one. It's clean, light-filled, and chock full of exquisite chocolates and truffles (from Leonida's), candies, pastries, gelato, and sorbet. The glass cases are immaculately clean, and everything looks delish, anytime of the day. Be warned: one may switch allegiance from Mitchell's to Belgano in no time. Exhibit A, our friends the Alamars, who live down the street from Belgano. Their two and a half year old, Maitlynne, can perfectly pronounce the word, "gelato," and makes sure her parents take her to Belgano three times a week, minimum. Watching her quietly devour a cone of gelato last night confirmed that Ciao Bella is fun for all ages.
Try a muffin or pastry for breakfast, gelato after lunch, and a few pieces of candy or truffles for a mid-afternoon snack. Fancy Ciao Bella gelato/sorbet flavors like rice, green tea, pistachio, and cabernet are available, along with old favorites like espresso, chocolate and passionfruit. The flavor combinations are endless, so buyers can let their imaginations and taste buds run wild. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Belgano, 3901 24th Street, (at Sanchez), in Noe Valley. T: 415.647.4266.