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Jul 23, 2011 06:28 PM

Nudo Gelateria - Newton

What do you do on a hot summer eve? Head somewhere to get gelato! That's what the family decided to do. Since Nudo Gelateria was only 10 blocks away, the husband and older one rode their bikes, while I drove with the younger. Got there at 6:45pm and it was pleasantly surprised with what was done with the previous Bobalicious space. Seating for 8 at 4 tables. 2 cold cases, one housing the gelato and sorbet and another housing pastries from Modern Pastry. A fridge with Italian drink (Pellegrino, etc.)s. All nicely thought out. Warm colors throughout, make it inviting.

The favors of gelato and sorbet were numerous. I literally just stared. They had 8 sorbets: lemon, strawberry, peach (my husband and older shared those flavors), coconut, and 3 others that escape my mind. There were twice the number of gelato flavors with traditional ones like hazelnut, stracciatella, zabrione and unusual ones like their Nudo flavor (marcapone, espresso and chocolate) and biscotti. My younger and I shared a panna cotta gelato and it was good to the last scoop, as echoed by the whole family. Perhaps a little more creamy than traditional gelato, but not coyingly sweet like ice cream. The milky flavor of panna cotta came through and the simple flavor shined, leaving a slight milky mouth flavor.

I tried my husband's and older's sorbets and I just wanted to steal the cups from them! I am not a sorbet lover by any stretch, but these sorbets were clean tasting and (again) not overly sweet. Just the right amount of tang to lemon and the peachy goodness came through in the peach. The strawberry was sublime. Literally like eating frozen microspheres of the fruit! My Argentine husband loves Nudo and has declared their gelato/sorbet rivals anything he's had at home. And they make great gelato in Argentina.

I will be back with my older to try their sandwiches, including sweet paninis! My older is already plotting her next flavor!

Modern Pastry
257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

272 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. I stopped by once to pick up a panini for lunch, as I work nearby. I was not impressed. The bread was stale, perhaps because they do not do much sandwich business? I don't even remember what kind of sandwich it was (several weeks ago now), but I suspect it may be wisest to stick with the gelato and sorbet. I only had tastes of those and thought they were okay, if not exactly to die for. I do wish them success, and hopefully as business picks up, so will the freshness factor of their panini.

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    1. re: Stride

      Get a sandwich, or better yet, a pizza down the block at Maria di Napoli, and stop in at Nudo for dessert.

      1. re: bartleby

        Stride, I went back with my older for a sandwich today and I have to agree. The price point is waaaaay too steep for a sandwich. We got a turkey melt and it was real simple with turkey, cheese, tomatoes and onions. The bread was not stale for us, but I could walk across the street to Giuseppe's (sp?). I know I could get something that is fantastic there, but they were on vacation. I will simply stick to dessert, as you suggest.

    2. I'm afraid I wasn't very impressed. We got 3 flavors and they all were pretty boring and way too soft. The guy who scooped them didn't even try to make it look appealing- just a mess. It's certainly not even in the ballpark with anything I've had in Italy. Angelato in Belmont is better. I really was hoping that it would be good, even if it's not real gelati, as it's within walking distance for me and open late, but it's just not worth the extra price over Cabots. Not that Cabots has great ice cream either (although the sundaes can be fun), but at least the value/price ratio is good. Nudo's isn't worth it in my opinion.

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      1. re: silver queen

        Hi Sliver Queen, sorry you did not enjoy it as much as we did. I do have a question. Is Angelato the same gelato that is served by Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont? If it is, then I will just say that we will have to agree to disagree. Would love to hear if there are other places in Boston you think are worth while gelaterias.

        Stone Hearth Pizza
        57 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478

        1. re: Crazy Egg

          Sorry, I don't know if it is the same. Rancatore's is right across the street from SHP, so we go there instead! I just think Angelato's is better than Nudo- the flavors are stronger, but I don't think it's great. Unfortunately I haven't found a gelateria anywhere in Boston that that I think is great. And I do look! What I want is intensely flavored, with a taffy-like consistency. I've had it everywhere in Italy, and even in Montreal, but not in Boston, not even in the North End.

          We do have good ice cream in Boston (Rancatore's, Toscanini, Christina's, 3 Scoops) and I do love me some pinkberry or the like, with mango, blueberries and strawberries on top, just no good gelato. But I'm an optimist, I keep trying! I mean, even if it's not great, it's still dessert, not a poke in the eye!

          1. re: silver queen

            I have to agree that getting great ice cream is not a problem in Boston. Good gelato, however is not as easy to find. To me, it is almost strange, seeing that there is a good Italian presence in Boston. Keep trying and I will keep scouring like you! Maybe one day, we will see an explosion of gelaterias in Boston.

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          Nudo Gelateria
          308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458