Like magma and dreams, gelato is a semisolid—neither solid enough to build a house upon nor liquid enough to feed to a thirsty sparrow. Tongue-swab this transitive treat with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gelato at Fainting Goat Gelato in Wallingford.
Fainting Goat Gelato is a mom ’n’ pop shop with an eye for local and organic ingredients. Yalcin, the shop’s “pop,” hand-spins a range of refreshing creations using milk derived from local dairy farms, and his wife, Sevim, stands ready to assist guests in making their sweet, sweet selections. Scoops ($3.50 for one scoop, $5 for two) are available in 18 daily flavors, including bud-tingling treats that hark back to traditional Italian roots, such as tiramisu and stracciatell. Other original options, such as honey-lavender and crème-brulee, keep your sweet teeth at bay, and dairy-free sorbets keep intolerant stomachs tolerant of joyful, ache-free consumption.
Fainting Goat Gelato
In the kitchen of Fainting Goat Gelato, batches of dense, velvety goodness are churning slowly. Organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms absorbs organic sugar, thickening as it gets colder, before Yalcin folds in the flavor. He infuses one vat of his low-fat treat with local berries and another vat with Turkish hazelnuts. Maybe later he'll make use of some pistachios from Sicily. He uses local ingredients whenever he can but recognizes that sometimes nuts grow better across the Atlantic, and more than anything he wants to make his gelato sing with rich, full, true flavors.
By using such prime ingredients, the gelato that Yalcin and his wife make in Fainting Goat Gelato takes guests on a journey as expansive as their own. The husband and wife moved to Seattle from Turkey in 1997 and subsequently focused on raising their daughters, but after their youngest started applying to college, they wanted to begin a new adventure. Today they keep their shop stocked with 18 flavors at all times, creating an ever-rotating menu that at any time might include fig-vanilla, honey-lavender, or Nutella gelato. Cups of Turkish coffee, espresso, and tea help round out the experience and thaw tongues chilled from licking a scoop of strawberry or lips frozen from kissing a snowman.