Exciting opening for gelato lovers - Fatamorgana, originally from Rome, opened in Studio City a couple weekends ago! They had my favorite gelato from an Italy trip a few years back, and tonight it was just as good as I remembered. Maybe that’s because of the heat wave gripping SoCal or I was in a nostalgic haze, but damn I was happy. Fwiw I haven’t been to Bulgarini (just can’t find the right time!), so I can’t offer a comparison unfortunately.
Anyhow, I went with three scoops ($6.90 for not huge scoops) - pistachio (using nuts from Bronte), white almond, and chocolate/orange sorbet. Got to taste a few others, including gianduja, which was really great and tempting too.
I appreciate that they offer both classic flavors (fior di latte, stracciatella, pistachio, hazelnut, fruit sorbettos, etc) along with some flavors that are really out there like “Chocolate Kentucky” which uses some tobacco infusion. Personally, I didn’t love the Kentucky flavor, perhaps because it did really taste of tobacco. On any given day, the manager said they offer 66 flavors, about 10 of which are chocolate-based.
It wasn’t particularly busy when I went - maybe 10 other customers. Given the sheer number of flavors, though, if it ever gets crowded with people wanting to try a lot, I could see there being quite a wait. At the same time, perhaps there’s too much other competition in the neighborhood - it’s literally a couple blocks from Salt & Straw and McConnell’s.
The website is a little bit of a mess, so here are the key details.
12021 Ventura Blvd, Studio City CA 91604 - street parking
Hours (according to Yelp):
Mon-Thurs - 12 PM - 11 PM
Fri & Sat - 12 PM - 12 AM
Sun - 10 AM - 10 AM