Ode to Ice Cream: Volta

Posted on June 26, 2011 by Vivi in DESSERT, RESTAURANTS

Meghan, Puri and I were bored on a sunny Sunday.  It was too cold to go to the parks, but sunny enough that we knew we should be outside.  Nothing was on TV, but we wallowed on Meghan’s futon – channel surfing in total futility.  Puri smoked a cigarette on the balcony and we sprawled out on the couch, tuning out the obnoxious sounds of cumbia music videos on Much – the Argentine version of vh1.  Out of boredom, inspiration was born.  Let’s get ice cream!  I don’t remember who said it.  It was as if it had been one singular thought between our three brains.  We donned our boots and our jackets and headed to Volta.

A debate exists as to what the best ice cream chain in Buenos Aires is.  Some say Persicco, and I tend to agree.  Others favor Chungo, which I do not endorse.  Everyone seems to agree on Volta.  Even on a Sunday afternoon, Volta was completely filled with Argies eating ice cream.

We got a half kilo to go.  One thing I absolutely love about Argentina is that there seems to exist no cultural guilt about consuming excessive amounts of ice cream for no particular reason.  They seem feel the same way about steak and wine.  It was hard for me to overcome my hardwired guilt about sweets and release my suppressed inner ice cream eater, but I’m glad that I did.

Volta’s flavors blow my mind.  When a simple flavor like ‘chocolate’ might satisfy my unaccustomed palate, Volta takes it to a whole new level.  We tried Chocolate Temptation – chocolate ice cream with bites of brownie and shaved chocolate with natural dulce de leche swirled in.  Or take another favorite – Banana Split – sticky, melty ice cream made with real bananas with chunks of chocolate and again mixed with dulce de leche.

They packed it up in a special styrofoam container and we marched home, our spoils in hand.  Upon arrival home our bored mood had lifted with the excitement for the sweetness about to treat our tongues.  We heaped spoonfuls of cold creamy perfection into our bowls and savored every little drip.  When we crashed from our sugar high, we returned to our state of Sunday doldrum, channel surfing the day away.


Various locations around Capital


  1. You should try Arnaldo. it is located in Olivos and Martinez. Its ice creams beat’em all!!!

  2. Vina, where does Freddo’s rate. We were led to believe it was the best.

  3. in the great debate, i always choose volta. the manager at the one on the corner of quintana and ayacucho knows me, and i do not even live in recoleta. i applaud your flavor choices, both the selection and the combination. so i will leave some of my volta recommendations below, for good measure.

    for an interesting twist and a possible INTENSITY boost on your choices, instead of just chocolate (which, as stated, is often good enough) go with chocolate NERO – which has something like 80% pure choc – negro, amargo, perfecto. and if you like banana split, try banana volta. its bright yellow color can’t be natural, but the chocolate pieces and super fruity taste are just divine. and to round out that kilo…. go with dulce de leche bombon. of course, this flavor is dulce de leche ice cream, with bonbons that are FILLED with dulce de leche. overload.

    even in small doses, the chocolate nero, in all its bitter glory, balances out dulce de leche flavors just right, but don’t forget, also mixes well with fruits… lemon, raspberry…. ooooo i am hungry!!

    other volta winning flavors: marscarpone, mousse de maracuya, crema de nuez

  4. Im still waiting for summer to get a kilo of watermelon icecream

  5. You should try Arkakao. While it’s not Volta it has some really unique flavours that other heladerías don’t have.

    Regarding the previous comment, Banana Volta is the helado version of the Bananita Dolca candy bar.

    I hope next time you get more ice cream. Half a kilo for three is a little bit sad in argentine terms 🙂

  6. Persicco, period.


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