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Dec 29, 2005 02:46 PM


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I know that gelato is more popular in the summer but where can we find quality gelato in the Boston area? I was in Italy recently and I can't think of anything that can compare, even in the North End. Mike's is great but still not the same as in Italy where you can look through windows and see "mountains" of gelato in many wonderful flavors.

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  1. I haven't found any gelato here that would compare to the gelato I've had in Italy. The gelato at Cafe Paradiso in the North End I like, and Mike's is good too. I'd be interested to learn of other places serving quality gelato in the Boston area. Christina's in Inmnan Square, which has a lot of fans here might sell gelato, but I've never been.

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    1. re: HwyStar

      Is that the same Cafe Paradiso that is also in Harvard Square?

      And, unfortunately, Christina's doesn't sell gelato. Their delicious ice cream flavors make up for that fact though!

      1. re: HwyStar

        Some people like Napoli on Salem St. (I think that's what it's called). There's also that place in Fanueil Hall that *looks* good, haven't had it tho.

        1. re: Joanie

          Don't bother with the Faneuil Hall place. I have to agree with other posters that Athan's has the best

      2. Athans in Washington Square, Brookline, has the best gelato I've had in Boston. But nothing compares to Italy -- start saving your pennies for a return trip. :-)

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        1. re: yumyum

          Second Athans. They are also in Brighton Center. Also Marino's in North Cambridge. As for the North End, many of the cafes have it.

          1. re: chuck s

            You can buy Doriti Gelati and eat really good gelato at home. :o)


        2. Last summer there was a wonderful place in Provincetown in an arcade building called I dream of Gelato. It was magical. Hopefully they'll be around next summer too. Maybe not worth the 3 hour trip but there are lots of good eats on the drive down.

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          1. re: fondue

            we went there last summer.....we loved it.
            Stayed in Ptown for the week and ate there everyday after the beach.

            I Dream of Gelato
            205 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          2. Angelato's on Trapelo Rd. in Belmont has a pretty decent selection.. especially for the burbs. Just opened, although I think they moved from a more obscure location. Anyway, freshly made on site and all that.. worth a try at least!

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            1. re: AuDust

              If this is the same place I'm thinking of, it used to be called Giordano's, and was up on Waverly Street. I've never been to Italy, so I can't compare authenticity, but I loved their gelato. It was freshly made and high quality, with a good selection of flavors - stracchiatella, hazelnut, and peanut butter were my faves, but lots of other chocolate and fruit flavors were available, as well. Good deli sandwiches as well. I can't comment on the new location, but I'd say give it a shot!

              1. re: Raedia

                I think you're right about Giordano's...

            2. Napoli on Salem St. in North End ... hands down the best gelato. I believe it comes from Italy, as well as many of their other desserts. It is always properly refrigerated there... never icy or soupy. I'm not a fan at all of Cafe Paradiso's products... stale pastries, icy gelato and the one that opened in downtown Lowell is unfortunately even worse. Too bad as the Lowell spot is nice, but their food products....are bad, bad, bad and horrible. Bottom Line... Napoli for Gelato !