I’ve Got the Scoop


We are coming to the end of National Ice Cream Month… sigh.  With temperatures of 85 degrees and rising each day, I will do anything to stay cool and I use this weather as an excuse to eat unlimited amounts of ice cream.  There is nothing better than that first bite of ice cream – that cool, creamy goodness – on a super hot day. Don’t waste a tasty treat on those non-fat frozen yogurt options.  Go right for a large scoop of New York’s finest ice cream… or try gelato!    

What is the difference between gelato and ice cream?  According to the experts at Wikipedia:  

Gelato is Italy’s regional variant of ice cream. As such, gelato is made with some of the same ingredients as most other frozen dairy desserts. Milk, cream, various sugars, flavoring including fruit and nut purees are the main ingredients. Gelato differs from ice cream in that it has a lower butterfat content, typically gelato contains 4-8% versus 14% for ice cream. Gelato generally has slightly lower sugar content, averaging between 16-22% versus approximately 21% for ice cream and non-fat milk is added as a solid.  

So I read that to mean gelato = healthier than ice cream.  Mmm… Even more reason to eat it, as if I needed one.    

Here are the Top 5 Gelato Spots in NYC.  Do you agree?    

1)   Grom    

Grom uses only organic fruits, no artificial additives and is eco-friendly. The first location opened in Torino, Italy and now you can sample the gelato at Grom at any of the three NYC locations.    

Why you should go: the Tiramisù Gelato.    

Courtesy of NYTimes.com


2)   Otto Enoteca Pizzeria   

Mario Batali is a food genius.  Otto not only serves amazing pizza but also has some of the best gelato in the city… and at reasonable prices!  The unique gelato flavors are a perfect end to a perfect meal.  The gelato flavors include Salty Peanut, Dark Chocolate, Creme Fraiche, Ricotta, Caramel and Milk Chocolate Chip, to name a few.   (Can’t wait for Eataly to open this summer!  I will be first in line.)

 Why you should go: the Olive Oil Gelato   

Courtesy of NY Serious Eats


3)   Il Laboratorio del Gelato   

This gourmet gelato shop is located next door to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. With a rotating selection of more than 200 flavors, it’s no surprise that this place is a NY favorite.  Some of the more creative flavors include Maple Walnut, Lavender Honey, Guinness, Chocolate Thai Chili and Vanilla Saffron.  

 Why you should go: the Dark Chocolate gelato (with any topping)  

Courtesy of Grub Street New York (NYMag.com)


4)   L’Arte del Gelato

L’Arte’s website states:  We make it, you eat it. Simple. Using natural ingredients and in-season fruits, L’Arte creates delicious summer treats. They feature an Olive Oil flavor similar to Otto’s, as well as Pistachio,  Coconut, Crème Brulée, Rum Raisin, and many more.  

Why you should go:  the Rice Pudding gelato!

Courtesy of L'Arte del Gelato


5)   Popbar  

I love the creative “pop” words they use like Popologists, Popaholic, PopLab and Poparazzi (check out their site for more).   

I think Popbar describes its concept best:  PopGelato on a stick is a handcrafted and customizable treat. They are made daily from fresh fruit and ingredients shipped directly from Italy with no artificial coloring or preservatives. Do you love our popGelatos and want to add a personal touch? No problem! With myPop you can create your own unique popGelato… from the stick up!  Choose your Poppings, choose a signature dip and enjoy!  

Why you should go:  It’s gelato on a stick… with toppings!  

Courtesy of Grub Street New York (nymag.com)


If your summer travels take you to Chapel Hill, NC, make sure you stop by Sugarland for a gelato martini!  The shop has been featured on Good Morning America and the Food Network’s new show, Kid in a Candy Store.  The martini flavors include a pina colada, Nutty Irishman (a mix of hazelnut gelato, Bailey’s Irish cream and vodka), the Kiwi Kamikazi (a mix of kiwi gelato, a splash of lime, Midori and vodka) and the signature Tartini, named for the college town’s Tar Heels, to name a few.  


I declare today National Gelato Day!



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2 Responses to “I’ve Got the Scoop”

  1. Xavier's Mom Says:


  2. katetuomimonster Says:

    Agreed. I want to go to Eataly for Olive Oil Gelato ASAP. Sounds crazy…

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