POINT REYES STATION, Calif.
When I was at Point Reyes Station last Saturday, I stopped by Toby’s Feed Barn at the heart of town to check out the Cielo Gelato kiosk.

Gelato is perfect for the summer weather, especially up north, but this gelato has a special ingredient — water buffalo milk.

That’s right, the buffalo milk comes from Double 8 Dairy in Petaluma. The dairy makes gelato on the side and sells it to restaurants such as French Laundry, Oliveto and SPQR. Water buffalo milk is richer so that means the gelato is creamier.

Current flavors from Cielo Gelato.

Current flavors from Cielo Gelato.

Cones ready for some gelato to top it.

Cones ready for some gelato to top it.

Dairy owner Andrew Ziot partnered with Christian Caiazzo of Stellina restaurant in Point Reyes Station to create the pop up Cielo Gelato scooping up gelato flavors such as raspberry, coffee, hazelnut and fior di latte, which is a pure milk flavor.

I tried both the coffee and the hazelnut and thought the coffee flavor could be stronger but the hazelnut was nutty and complex. The actual gelato was creamier with a silky texture, and the milk flavor seemed fresher.

Scooping up water buffalo milk gelato

Scooping up water buffalo milk gelato

Coffee and hazelnut gelato

Coffee and hazelnut gelato

Point Reyes Station has a lot of unique food items for a little town, such as Cowgirl Creamery cheese. Now you can add water buffalo gelato.

Cielo Gelato kiosk, in front of Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 California 1, Point Reyes Station. Open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays during the summer.

Here’s an interesting video from Double 8 Dairy to learn more about water buffalo milk.

6 Responses to Scoop of Cielo Gelato from Double 8 Dairy

  1. Anne says:

    We were in Pt. Reyes last Sunday. We had a good lunch sitting outside with our dog at the Pinecone Diner. Went to Toby’s and saw the gelato cart, but didn’t try it. Will definitely do so next time with your recommendation. Thanks!

    • Ben Ben says:

      If you go to Pt. Reyes often, then you should definitely give it a try. It’s so far for me so even though I wasn’t planning to stop at Pt. Reyes, when my friends were in the area after getting oysters at Tomales Bay, I had to make a stop. :)

  2. Tara says:

    Wow, so interesting! You got the two flavor I probably would have tried- I always end up getting coffee or something similar when eating ice cream out. I wonder how the buffalo milk addition changed the flavor of the gelato.

    • Ben Ben says:

      I don’t know if it changes the flavor as much as the texture. But I did think the milk flavor was really fresh milk tasting. But it might not be the most exciting flavor (almost more plain than vanilla, if possible)

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    I so want to try that. I already love the richness of buffalo milk mozzarella. So, I can only imagine how incredible the milk is made into gelato!

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