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Keady’s Gelateria

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Next to a great old stone church…in the tiny village of Keady, half of which lies within the Township of Chatsworth while the other half is within the boundaries of Georgian Bluffs…on the corner of Grey Road 3 and Grey Road 16…is the last place you would expect to find gelato fatto en casa…homemade gelato.


Keady is well known for its Livestock and Farmer’s Market.  But not for Gelato. At least, not yet. Not if Maria has any say in the matter.

IMG_5483Maria is a lovely lady, Italian of course, who boldly opened Maria’s Ice Cream Parlor, simply because that’s what she wanted to do. She comes from Hamilton with a background in Health Care and a level of enthusiasm that will charm you to pieces. When you meet her you’ll know. And be prepared…Maria loves to talk about anything and everything. She’s an honest, caring, hardworking philosopher/ entrepreneur who believes in what she’s doing. What possessed her to pick Keady as ‘gelato central’ is not really clear.

Nonetheless she and her authentic Italian gelato machines produce the wonderful gelati flavours we came to love when we traveled Italy by train for three weeks.

Gelato isn’t “Italian ice cream” as some people call it. Gelato is closer to ice milk. The Italians found that too much butterfat interferes with the transfer to the tongue of the fresh flavors Italian gelato is famous for. Typical Italian gelato is lower in butterfat. So, it is better for you.

If you live or vacation in Bruce or Grey County take a drive to Maria’s and enjoy.

Maria's is just around the corner.

Maria's is just around the corner.

Turn right at the old stone Church.

Turn right at the old stone Church.

Maria is ready to let you sample all the flavours.

Maria is ready to let you sample all the flavours.

6 Responses

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful comments about Maria and her efforts at her gelateria.
    Look forward to meeting you someday.

    Peter Bechard

    August 28, 2009 at 4:05 PM

  2. I wish to contact Maria’s Ice Cream Palour. Can someone please e-mail the phone number of her business and a proper address of the palour to Heidi


    Thank you for your time and kind consideration.


    September 25, 2009 at 6:37 PM

  3. Friday 25th September, 2009 at 10:24pm

    Heidi here,

    Yes I did google her business name “Maria’s Ice Cream Parlor” . Googled “ice cream in Keady” and
    Keady Ice Cream palors, Keady business directory, and still nothing.

    Please help… need to get in touch with her.

    Thank you.


    September 26, 2009 at 2:28 AM

  4. […] oxygen-rich water. Then, a five minute drive took us on a tasty diversion to nearby Keady where Maria has a shop selling Gelato, home-made from ingredients she imported from Italy. I think I did some type of useful task after […]

  5. Hello Maria,
    I have enjoyed meeting you, Peter and Rockie,

    It was delightful to see you again!

    I truly love your Gelato…your coffee, (with cream and artificial sweetener) is made perfect and just the way I savour it!

    I’m sure we will meet again.

    All the best,
    Marie Artt

    Marie Artt

    September 21, 2010 at 9:38 PM

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