Local Food Trend: Mosi Award-Winning Gelato

Stefano Mosi won first place at the Gelato Festival America in Hollywood for his Seamist sorbetto based on a refreshing Silk Road herbal tea blend of lemongrass, mint and seaweed.

Stefano Mosi of Mosi Gelato took a taste of Victoria to the Gelato Festival America in Hollywood — and won first place for his Seamist sorbetto based on a refreshing Silk Road herbal tea blend of lemongrass, mint and seaweed. The prestigious festival featured a dozen top gelato makers vying for a spot at the Gelato Festival World Masters tournament in 2021 in Italy.

Mosi creates creamy vero gelato artisinale in his West Saanich bakery café and now sells it in a second location, a tiny gelato shop on Johnson Street. His gelato skills are in his genes — Mosi’s grandfather began making artisan gelato in his pasticceria in Torino, Italy, in the 1920s. It’s a family tradition Mosi continues today, incorporating local ingredients and foraged flavours in his all-natural, from-scratch recipes.

There’s always something creative in Mosi’s gelato case. Look for his seasonal Wild Golden Chanterelle gelato and his award-winning Seamist sorbetto next time you visit.