The Ferry Building has, obviously, been around for a while. San Francisco landmark and all that. And what with all the fantastic produce, adorable places to buy sweet treats, and beautiful view of the water, don’t ask me why it took me and Erica so long to figure out that this place is indeed where we belong.
Our routine so far has been as follows: Circle around the back stands checking out the free samples (Warren pears are an absolute must), circle around the front stands (to see if we can find some almond brittle or Saint Benoit honey-flavored yogurt) and then head on inside to grab lunch and dessert. And for us, dessert usually comes first and in multiple courses. We must stop and grab our bomboloni – delightful little Italian doughnuts filled with either Nutella or raspberry, and what would a trip to the Ferry Building be without gelato?
For gelato at the Ferry Building, you find Ciao Bella. And before the clock had even struck twelve noon, Erica and I had done just that. You would think by this point we’d be better gelato samplers, taking advantage and tasting six or seven different flavors. But we’re usually sold after one or two tastes. The flavors of the day for me were one scoop of dulce de leche and one scoop of chocolate mascarpone. The dulce de leche was to die for – perfect and creamy and caramely. And the chocolate mascarpone, a newer flavor, had actual bits of the soft cheese in it, which was a nice surprise! It also sparked a conversation on how to say “mascarpone.” But I digress. The guy got a little too into the scooping process, which left me with an overflowing cup and a lot of dripping dulce de leche that, I must admit, I ended up having to lick off of my fingers as it melted. There are worse things in this world.
Erica’s order consisted of one scoop pear and one scoop cinnamon, a combination that worked surprisingly well. The pear gelato was “just pure pear,” and cinnamon gelato is now, I think, a new favorite of mine. So overall, no complaints about Ciao Bella. Tasty gelato in oh-so-many scrumptious flavors, and a place to sit and take in the view of the bay. Not a terrible way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the city.