On a recent steamy evening, we headed to Balsanos Gelato Café (428 Ward Parkway, 816-931-4010). We sampled several flavors from a selection that, well be frank, would have any self-respecting Italian gellateria freaking out. Sure, traditionalists will find bacio (chocolate and hazelnut) and pistacchio, but Balsanos also serves coffee toffee, malted milk balls and even a Butterfinger flavor. Do they even have Butterfingers in Italy? Despite our initial misgivings, we found the best to be one of the least Italian: the chocolate-chip peanut butter it was like thick, frozen peanut-butter cookie dough kissed with chocolate. We had found our icy, sweet relief. For this week, anyway.
Starts: July 25. Daily, 2006