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I had some of the best gelato of my life in Philly at Capogiro. Now that it's warming up, I have an unbelievable hankering for more Capogiro despite its devastating prices. Can anyone verify if the prepackaged capogiro sold at Whole Foods, Garden of Eden, Balducci's, etc. measures up to the stuff served at their cafes in Philly or specifically, what flavors hold up well under transport?

And if not, what is the best way to get to Bernard's in Long Island where they apparently have the only cafe outside of philly? I need some help folks, I am thinking of moving for this gelato!

Otherwise, I need some gelato that's just as good, made from locally grown ingredients as a replacement...Ciao Bella just doesn't cut it. Not as flavorful or intense.

Flavors like carambola con limone verde, madagascar bourbon vanilla, ginger sesame, pomegranate...oh, it hurts!!! Their madagascar bourbon vanilla is the first and only vanilla I've tasted that has real soul and depth, levels of flavor. Someone help me with my fix!!!

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  1. Agreed - capogiro is absolutely amazing. I wish they would open a branch in NYC because there's some good gelato here but I haven't had ANY that rivals capogiro (although otto is pretty yummy. cones is ok, but most of theirs is too sweet.). And no - I regret to say that I haven't had it in pinted and packaged form where it measures up. The good news is I have friends in Philly who will let me stay with them so I can get the fix. And the NJ Transit + SEPTA only costs $28 or so round trip. :) :)

    1. Never had Capogiro, so I can't say this is better, but it's awfully good:

      http://www.laboratoriodelgelato.com/

      1. We wrote about the pre-packed pints they sell at Whole Foods ($10!), and we also got a chance to do some sampling of what they sell mail-order. In the end,we prefer the smaller-batch gelato you get in the shop in Philly or by mail. Nothing wrong with the Whole Foods product; it's just not a ten-buck treat, quite frankly.

        Nosher

        NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

        1. For interesting, audacious flavors of gelato & sorbetto, Capogiro in Philly is hard to beat. In the summer, though, for fantastic traditional Italian gelato go to the cart outside Osteria del Circo. They probably open in June, and prices are reasonable. It's the best gelato I've had in NYC.

          http://petercherches.blogspot.com

          1. Ah, well, it's as I guessed. Time to go try some Cones and IG. And make some dates at the bar at Otto. Sadly my friend in Philly is going out of the country for the summer, so I will be missing the summer flavors. Maybe I can convince my partner to take a weekend trip to Philly for the proposal?

            Well, if I get the mail order, that's 6 pints instead of 2 roundtrips . . . hmm, cost benefit analysis.

            Well, reading nosher's reviews I've gotten so hungry I've decided that tomorrow I'm going to IG.

            1. (Reviving an old thread) Was in Philly a couple weeks ago and happened upon Capogiro by chance. Great gelato and sorbetto. Interesting flavors. Anyway, today I was in PetalBelle cafe on Sullivan St. in Soho and found that they have Capogiro gelato. For those who like Il Lab, Grom, Otto and the others, it is definitely worth a try.

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              1. re: boccalupo

                Did you try any of the flavors? How was the quality? I haven't been able to find any reports from people who have actually tasted real Capogiro in Philly *and* the places in NY that carry it.

                1. re: kathryn

                  I had ricotta almond and turkish coffee. As for quality, both were quite good, nice smooth, creamy texture. Nice temperature (not overly frozen). Although I had forgotten that turkish coffee was one of only flavors at Philly Capogiro I wasn't crazy about (for coffee flavors, it was the espresso sambuca sorbetto I really liked there).

                  PetalBelle only has like 8-10 flavors at a time, so perhaps my choices would not have been my first choices had I been confronted by the all the choices in Philly.

                  In any event, I will definitely be back for more. Perhaps not the same as the total Philly Capogiro experience, but cheaper and easier than a trip to Philly!

                  BTW - Are there any other places in NYC that have Capogiro by the cup or cone? .

                  1. re: boccalupo

                    I heard rumors of a "secret," unbranded Capogiro Rockefeller Center cart a while ago, but I have never confirmed in person:
                    http://salli_vates.blogspot.com/2008/07/secret-capogiro-gelato-stand.html

                    1. re: kathryn

                      It was there last summer but I'm not sure about now. It was on the steps walking down to the rink, facing 5th Ave

              2. Murray's Cheese on Bleecker sells Capogiro gelato. They had ricotta flavor and mascarpone flavor in stock a few days ago. I wanted to pick up a pint but totally got distracted by the cheeses and forgot to return to the freezer. FYI they also had stock of Il Laboratorio del gelato and Van Leeuwen ice cream.