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Visit: August 12, 2013
Brossard’s Champlain Mall has been around for nearly 40 years. For a lot of us living on the South Shore, it is the one place that we remember from our childhood. With major competition from a nearby commercial goliath, it makes things difficult for the mall and any of its over 150 tenants. One of those tenants is Via Vivoli, a gelato and dessert store.
On this particular day, I was running errands and for that purpose, Champlain Mall was my destination. I had an appointment in the afternoon and I was left with some time to kill. In the last few months, I passed by this gelato place numerous times and I always wondered how they stacked up. I always told myself that I’ll wait for another moment to go, but I never really did. This time around, I wasn’t going to let my apprehensive stance keep me from ice cream.
When I arrived, there were two other customers in the midst of their order. They seemed to be a bit tentative with what they wanted and kept things a little slow. For some people, they might get impatient just like Larry David in this same exact situation. Well, as much as I enjoy Curb Your Enthusiasm, I’m no Larry David. This delay gave me the time to survey the situation and make the proper choice.
The entire front of the store was being operated by one person. At this particular point of the afternoon, things weren’t busy, so the lack of people didn’t really affect the service whatsoever. The only thing I could notice is that you could tell that this individual was a bit frazzled, as if they weren’t at this job very long.
The other thing you’ll notice about this particular location is the shrine to Godiva chocolates. Via Vivoli is apparently a vendor for this brand of chocolates. So, it is no surprise that half the store is taken up by a display and a whole counter is dedicated for the chocolates.
When it came time to scoop the gelato, you could tell that the product was a little stiff. It seemed like it took a great deal of effort to properly scoop things out. The tools of the trade were rinsed off between each customer to ensure nothing got mixed up. At the end of the scooping, what you got was quite generous for the size of the cup.
For me, there is only type of ice cream to try and that is chocolate. It may seem a little narrow minded of me, but if I’m going to branch out to other flavors, I want to know that my favorite one is done right.
The generous portion of chocolate ice cream was really an added bonus. With each bite from the cup, you have no doubt that you’re getting some nice chocolate. My only concern was when I got to the bottom. There, the ice cream got a tad bit watery and that impacted the way I felt about everything.
For the price, which is a little cheaper than some of the other places I’ve been to recently, you’re getting a good amount of ice cream. You’re not getting something that will blow your mind, but you’re getting something that is at least worth the money you’re paying.
Champlain Mall has a lot of other ice cream vendors. If you’re looking for something that is a little more upscale than that, Via Vivoli might be the place for you. They also have a few other locations on the island of Montreal, most notably inside the Eaton Center.