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Best Italian Gelato in Cary North Carolina

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claudia008 Jan 14, 2007 11:04 PM

For the ultimate Gelato experience try Henry's Gelato in Cary at the intersection of Cary Parkway and James Jackson Rd. in Preston Walk.
The gelato is fantastic, the lemon and chocolate are to die for. Some of the unique flavors they make are cantaloupe and pink grapefruit and some traditional flavors Bacio (chocolate/hazelnut), tiramisu and espreso.Try it the staff is extremely friendly and best of all they give free samples.

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    cackalackie RE: claudia008 Jan 15, 2007 06:23 PM

    I know the intersection you're talking about. Can you tell me what it's next to? Is it in the Panera Strip?

    That sounds great - and it is near my work. Thanks for sharing!

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      claudia008 RE: cackalackie Jan 15, 2007 07:04 PM

      It's located in that same strip next to Panera and a hair salon called Gemelli.

      They opened on Wednesday. The staff encourages free samples before ordering.

      Hope you like it.

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        cackalackie RE: claudia008 Jan 15, 2007 09:40 PM

        That explains why I haven't seen it yet. That's excellent news. Thanks again!

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      like2run RE: claudia008 Jan 16, 2007 01:21 AM

      thanks for the tip. I will try this out soon.

      1. Suzy Q RE: claudia008 Jan 18, 2007 01:26 AM

        Henry's is FANTASTIC. We've been several times since they've opened and it's awesome. They're also opening in Southern Pines in about 4 months and Henry says that he's thinking about taking space in the new North Hills development that they're going to start working on next year.

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          Guilty Gourmand RE: claudia008 Jan 18, 2007 02:45 PM

          This is great news, particularly the possibility of a North Hills location, considering the recent closing of Silvia's gelato shop on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. She still sells her gelato at Conti's Italian Market but the location and hours there make it difficult to pick up. It's especially tough on us because we were always able to bribe our kids to try new things and be well behaved at Porters by promissing to stop by for gelato afterwards. We look forward to trying Henry's.

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            Sinophile RE: claudia008 Jan 18, 2007 06:56 PM

            Here's the website. Can't wait to try it.

            http://www.henrysgelato.com/

            1. tablewines RE: claudia008 Jan 23, 2007 12:41 PM

              Hit Henry's last night with some friends and it was outstanding. The place was immaculate! We had Bacio, Tiramisu, Bounty Coconut and Chocolate. All were excellent. The prices were very reasonable for what you get, and the service and samples were perfect. This is a huge investment for these folks as they haven't spared a dime. Can't wait to go back. Worth the trip from Durham!

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                nickdakota RE: claudia008 Jan 31, 2007 02:29 PM

                I've also been to Henry's Gelato and confirm all the buzz. Henry has spared no expense and it shows. The products are fantastic (try the Italian drinking chocolate) and the owner is passionate about his business. The pink grapefruit is one of my favorites. I had the unique opportunity to attend the grand opening with my fiancee and tried (literally) all the flavors. None dissapointed! Definitely go and support a local business with a great product.

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                  Guilty Gourmand RE: claudia008 Feb 1, 2007 07:29 AM

                  I also had the chance to try Henry's recently and certainly agree with the commentators about his passion for the business and the fact that they spared no expense. I also applaud the wide range of flavors and the variety of other treats available.

                  We only sampled a few of the flavors and they were all very good but, frankly, I thought all the flavors we sampled paled in comparison to Sylvia's Gelato. I do not know if what Henry serves is more authentic gelato than Sylvia's so cannot make claims to that but I do know the flavor of Sylvia's pistachio blows the top off the one we had at Henry's. We will certainly give Henry's more chances and sample more flavors but I just wanted to remind folks that Sylvia's is still available (albeit on a less convenient schedule) at Conti's. I hope folks will find their way to Conti's and continue buying her gelato on a sufficient scale to keep Sylvia going. I'll be in dire straits if it disappears completely.

                  FYI, I saw where Greg Cox had a blurb on both Henry's and Sylvias in yesterday's N&O.

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                    blewgo RE: claudia008 Mar 12, 2007 05:53 PM

                    This place is fantastic. If you are in the area stop by. You'll be glad you did.

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                      Sinophile RE: claudia008 Mar 13, 2007 07:49 AM

                      I agree that Henry is admirably committed to the high ideal of gelato and that his place is a nice addition to the Cary dining scene, but I have slight reservations about the product. I went a couple of weeks ago. The gelato was good but not great -- a bit too sweet, not as precisely flavored as it might be. Worse, there were little shards of ice throughout that undermined the whole point of gelato, which is its creamy smoothness. Still, it's worth trying, and Henry more than most deserves to be supported.

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                        blewgo RE: claudia008 Mar 13, 2007 12:26 PM

                        You must have been there on a bad day.

                        1. Suzy Q RE: claudia008 Mar 14, 2007 05:57 PM

                          I agree - I would definitely recommend giving it a second shot if you were disappointed. Half the fun to me is also chatting with Henry himself - you'll rarely find a more genuine shopkeeper who's so enthusiastic about his business.

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                            Suzy Q RE: Suzy Q Apr 14, 2007 06:05 AM

                            http://www.carynews.com/102/story/592...

                            Great article in this week's Cary News about Henry's.

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