I had walked right past Fainting Goat Gelato a hundred times because I assumed all of their gelatos had milk in them. I usually avoid dairy and the rest of my family doesn’t eat it. Then a friend invited us to a little party there and I was surprised to find that Fainting Goat was serving five or six vegan sorbettos. Now I stop by more often than I probably should!
The impressive thing about the gelato here is it’s so very dense and creamy. Most ice cream shops nowadays serve up “scoops” as big as baseballs, but Fainting Goat is more restrained, and thank goodness. The gelato is so rich and packed with flavor, a little goes a long way.
Most of the choices are made from organic cow’s milk (the salty caramel is quite good), then they have between three and six sorbettos on any given day, which are dairy-free. I’ve also tried their goat milk gelato; they only have one, a simple flavor called Mastic, which is derived from a plant that grows in the Mediterranean. (The owners of Fainting Goat are Turkish.) The mastic goat’s milk gelato has a plain but strong flavor that reminds me of labneh, the Middle Eastern yogurt.
The only thing I don’t like about this place is the coolers make a lot of noise, and it’s a very small shop; however, I usually eat my two scoops (a “small”) quickly enough that I am not hanging around for long!