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Morsey's Creamery brings buffalo-milk gelato to downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Aug 19, 2019
Morsey's Farmhouse Kitchen, the Los Altos restaurant that serves dairy products made from water buffalo milk, has opened a spinoff gelato concept in Palo Alto.

Morsey's Creamery opened this weekend at 125 University Ave. The shop serves a range of gelato flavors — including hazelnut, pistachio, raspberry, sour black cherry, dark chocolate and mango — all made from water-buffalo milk.

Morsey's Creamery serves buffalo-milk gelato. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.

Kal and Yulia Morsey opened their Los Altos restaurant in 2017. Kal, who is from Egypt, and his wife Yulia, from Russia, wanted to increase the visibility of water-buffalo products in the United States. (Though water-buffalo milk has twice the fat content of cow's milk, it has more protein, calcium and iron and less cholesterol.) They own a herd of more than 300 water buffalo, which lives on a farm just south of Sacramento.

At Morsey's Creamery, a single scoop of gelato goes for $5.50 and a double, $7.50 (a dollar extra for a waffle cone). Or, customers can opt for the "tre bufalini" ($8.50): three scoops topped with cherries and whipped cream, also made from the buffalo milk. Kal said they plan to add more gelato flavors down the line as well as smoothies, frappés and desserts such as chocolate lava cake topped with gelato and warm buffalo milk with granola.

Inside the newly opened Morsey's Creamery on University Avenue. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Morsey's water-buffalo milk, mozzarella di bufala and burrata cheese are also for sale in a grab-and-go case at the gelato shop.

Morsey's Creamery is open from about noon to 10 p.m. daily.

The Morsey's are joining a crowded ice cream scene in downtown Palo Alto, which alone is home to two gelato shops, three ice cream shops and one frozen yogurt shop. Kal joked that Palo Alto could be called the gelato and ice cream "capital of the Peninsula." To encourage some friendly competition, he suggested the city should host a Palo Alto-wide ice cream competition.

What is it worth to you?


 +   6 people like this
Posted by Allison, a resident of Downtown North,
on Aug 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Am I the only one who thinks we have way too many ice cream/gelato stores in DT Palo Alto?

 +   5 people like this
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown,
on Aug 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

I'd like to try this at least once to see if I like it. It sounds very interesting!

 +   1 person likes this
Posted by The nice thing, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Aug 20, 2019 at 5:30 am

It tastes exactly like "regular" ice cream. You can't tell any difference at all!

 +   3 people like this
Posted by MP Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Aug 20, 2019 at 7:05 am

The value prop here is a tough sell when a half gallon of high quality ice cream (eg Tillamook) is the same cost as a single scoop.

 +   6 people like this
Posted by Hmm, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Aug 20, 2019 at 9:36 am

So from reading, it has 2x the fat of regular ice cream but tastes no different AND comes at a high price? Sing me up! LOL.

 +   2 people like this
Posted by Rose, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Aug 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm

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Is there any difference between the environmental impact of cows vs. water buffalos?

 +   1 person likes this
Posted by questioner, a resident of Charleston Gardens,
on Aug 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Um, why?

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Aug 22, 2019 at 1:00 am

> buffalo-milk gelato Oh brother, give me a break, what will we have next, hamster cheese, or porpoise yoghurt? I only need one great Gelato shop and it is right across from the Aquarius. Been the best for 30 years or so.

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Posted by water buffalo bill, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Aug 22, 2019 at 7:42 am

the reason it costs more is that water buffaloes are very difficult to milk. they are ornery & difficult to retrieve.

 +   2 people like this
Posted by Milking the Source, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Aug 22, 2019 at 2:32 pm

>...what will we have next, hamster cheese, or porpoise yoghurt? ^^^ It takes too many hamsters to produce a gallon of milk & porpoises are very difficult to milk out in the wild. Cattle, goat, sheep, water buffaloes & humans are the most common sources of milk products. I've never had cheese or gelato from human milk although I imagine it's possible.

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Posted by Karen H, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive,
on Aug 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm

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The couple used to be at downtown farmer's market before opening their restaurant - the cheese was really delicious. They often sold gelato too, which was good.

 +   3 people like this
Posted by BuffaloGelatoIsAThing, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Aug 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

When I was in Naples for a Naval Reserve Tour, I was amazed by the Buffalo Gelato and Mozerella that they made there. Incredibly rich. Incredibly delicious. When people say, "It tastes just like Ice Cream", what is being expressed is that it isn't a different flavor like goat-milk ice cream has, or sheep milk. However, it is much creamier and a much richer taste and feel. You may not want to bother. That's fine. You may not notice the difference -- much like some people like drinking Corona to sampling the local breweries, or how some people can't tell the difference between coffees, wines, brandy, pasta, bread, etc, etc. Some people have different tastes than you do. It's up to the market to see if enough people find it worthy of their attention. I know I'll be trying it.

 +   3 people like this
Posted by get real , a resident of Charleston Meadows,
on Aug 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

Don't care what it's made of, $5.50 for a single scoop of ice cream is outrageous!

 +   3 people like this
Posted by Charles, a resident of Mountain View,
on Aug 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Visited twice this weekend. Second time with my parents since my dad would enlist the services of a water buffalo twice a year for their farm. The ice cream has a wonderful smoothness and taste.

 +   4 people like this
Posted by BuffaloGelatoIsAThing, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Aug 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm

If you think six bucks for water is bad, let me introduce you to coffee for 4 bucks, beer for 12 bucks, or you could walk into a bar and get a shot of tequila for 45 bucks. There's also the eateries where a plate of pasta and sauce starts at 20 bucks. Crazy what people will pay for things, eh?

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