Downtown Plano is about to get a little sweeter with the opening of The Gelato Cone, an artisanal, all-natural gelato shop.
Mustafa Efendiler grew up in Macedonia in the family ice cream business, then moved with his family in 1956 to continue their business in Turkey for about 60 years.
The Gelato Cone has over 50 flavors that it rotates through every month. Recently, there was a jalapeño-pineapple flavor which was, to my surprise, quite popular (it was not offered when I visited or else I would have tried it). In addition, they offer a pistachio flavor made with rich flavored Turkish pistachios not available in the United States. I went into The Gelato Cone to taste some of the gelatos, but I’ll get to that later.
Traditionally known for its fudge and chocolate-covered treats, Kilwins is a well-liked franchise that’s established up north and along on the east coast, according to Plano store co-owner Mili Mabarak. The Kilwins at the Shops at Legacy is Texas’ first, and customers are not only taking in the sweets and seaside decor, but the ice cream as well.
Dallas is home to the Paciugo Gelato chain, but the only openings we’ve seen lately have been gimmicky and over-the-top. Refreshingly, Gelato Cone does not do rolls or twists or ice cream made with dry ice, just straightforward Italian ice cream.
“Our gelato has been created using the same secret family recipe for over 60 years,” Selim says.