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olive oil gelato at Otto

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olive oil gelato at Otto

Tom Philpott | Sep 30, 2003 03:47 PM

I tried the gelato at Otto recently. Overall, very good stuff--nice creaminess, not too sweet. the thing that grabbed my attention was the one flavored with olive oil. It didn't sound very good, but i tried it anyway (you get three scoops per order, $7.00). At first swallow, it tasted like not much more than a good cream base--creamy, unctuous, not much going on. This is partly because it was in the same both with chocolate and pistachio--two very assertive flavors, both well done. To really get it, you have to slow down and concentrate. Once you do, you get the long, sweet, slightly peppery flavor of good EV olive oil, tucked in nicely to the creamy base. I liked it, because good gelato usually delivers powerful, obvious flavors that compel you to dig your spoon in as fast as possible. This olive oil stuff forces you to slow down and think a little.

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