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Giovanna gelato is here! (and it's good)

cassis Aug 19, 2008 04:01 PM

Having just read about Giovanna gelato and sorbet in the current "edible BOSTON" I picked up in Foodie''s in Duxbury yesterday, I was excited to see Eduardo Kreindel's stand at the Lexington farmer's market today. I had to have some, in the interest of science, and I chose the Nocciola or Hazlenut, $3.50 for a generous scoop in a cup. Now I have eaten a lot of gelato in Italy (see my avatar), and I have always wondered why it isn't duplicated here, but my search is over: Eduardo has achieved the perfect flavor and mouth feel, even if his is Argentinian. Other flavors he had on hand today were I think vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, pistachio and the sorbet line up included Blueberry with Lavender! Rasberry with Champagne! The website www.giovannagelato.com lists also Lemon with Thyme, Stracciatella.....and they are also for sale as pints at many "fine" stores such as Russo's.

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    deglazer Aug 19, 2008 04:53 PM

    I agree that this gelato is excellent. Haven't read the Edible Boston article, so apologies if I'm repeating info therein, but one interesting thing is that they are "small batch". If a retailer/restaurant orders 12 pints of a certain flavor, they make 12 pints to order (subject to minimums, I assume). Plus they can do custom flavors. I think Capones also carries it. Best I've tasted locally, not even close.

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      scorp508 Aug 19, 2008 05:39 PM

      Have you had the gelato at Lil-N-Chiks for a comparison?

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        deglazer Aug 19, 2008 09:01 PM

        I haven't , but I look forward to it.

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          cassis Aug 20, 2008 05:20 AM

          I have not tried Lil N Chicks and felt I should, but it's a bit far for me--I am more likely to try the gelato in the North End or Piazza Dolce in Winchester. But do report back once you've tried Giovanna's. I would love to know if Eduardo has plans to open a gelateria, and if he has permission to add spirits (lemon gelato with vodka, mmmm).

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          fbf242 Aug 19, 2008 06:42 PM

          I also had some of this gelato at the Newton farmer's market last Friday. I had the ginger and the strawberry. I thought that the ginger was quite good, but was kind of disappointed by the strawberry. To me, it tasted a lot like American-style strawberry ice cream. Strawberry was my staple gelato order when I spent a semester in Italy, because it managed to be more fruity and refreshing than American strawberry ice cream, but not icy like sorbet. I have yet to find something like it in the States. That said, the ginger was very tasty, and I'd be curious to try other flavors.

          1. Gio Aug 19, 2008 09:13 PM

            Giovanna Gelato.... looks like I'm going to have to track down a scoop or two.

            1. Dea Aug 20, 2008 07:41 AM

              I'm in love with their Lemon Pistachio Gelato - not too sweet and a nice balance of lemon and pistachio flavors. The texture compares nicely with my memories of eating gelato in Italy about a year ago. I buy it by the pint at Capone's.

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                cindywho Aug 20, 2008 07:43 AM

                I picked up a pint at North Cambridge Capone's the other day - Dolce de Leche - very rich and tasty.

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                  ace52387 Sep 1, 2008 11:43 PM

                  Besides the farmers markets, does any of the stores that carry the gelato sell them by the scoop?

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                    Dea Sep 2, 2008 11:45 AM

                    Capone's only sells the pints. It's expensive but worth it, IMHO. The hard part is rationing it out at home.

                  2. C. Hamster Sep 2, 2008 12:11 PM

                    It's good but really pricey.

                    1. cassis Sep 2, 2008 02:40 PM

                      Spoke to Eduardo today (tried the chocolate) and asked if he planned to open a shop selling scoops, and he replied yes, but that's an investment he isn't able to make yet. He has only been dong this for five months! I know it doesn't make sense, but I am more willing to spend $3.50 for a scoop than $7.00 for a pint.

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