- guttergourmet Oct 18, 2007 05:43 PM
5. Ciao Bella
1.Cones-and don't give me #$%^ that Cones ain't real gelato.
Absolutely, Il Lab is #1, in NYC. When I first lived outside the NY area, I had a naive thought that the places serving the lousy pizza eaten in the rest of the U.S. would not stand survive in this area. Time has shown me that anything that can be eaten wihout causing physical harm can be sold in Manhattan in areas with lots of office workers or tourists.
However, if one took all of our gelato places and put them down in Rome, Il Lab would survive. The others, only if you put them so that lots of tourists passed by.
I've not tried Grom.
1. Il Labortorio (I'd put the Otto olive oil gelato in this ranking as well)
3. Cones (v. close to L'Arte - I consider it gelato, but Argentine-style gelato, like Freddo's)
4. Ciao Bella - a distant fourth - though since they are on my block, I often buy gelato there!
I am going to have to disagree on Il Lab hands down. I don't know if one place makes the best gelato. I tend to like each for different flavors. IL Lab has great Chocolate. Ciao Bella for Pistachio. I also like Otto's Olive Oil Gelato. But, that usually means dinner there too. $$$. Plus if I am getting some gelato for home that is a whole different story - then I go for Ciao Bella in the pint(pistachip again because that is my vice). Maybe it tastes better in the pint because it is more commercial but it is usually always very good. The capogiro was not worth the $$$. anyone else try it?
re: Louise C
Capogiro is the best gelato I've had in the US, hands down - the dulce de leche, bacio, strawberry, kiwi, etc so amazing. Not sure why people rave about Ciao Bella - the stuff never tastes quite right to me especially when prepacked.
Grom is overpriced, but I have to say that as someone who does not like chocolate ice cream, their chocolate with candied orange flat out floored me.
Otto has the best sundaes and flavor profiles.