Tucked improbably into a tanning salon in Bensonhurst is a little shop called Oro Verde that makes superior gelato. ropa vieja says espresso, cherry, pistachio, and nocciola (hazelnut) are all excellent, on a par with Grom and Villabate, to name a couple of local favorites.
The gelato maker, Gino Cammarata, is not unknown to hounds, having gotten some attention a few years back at the now-defunct Bussola in Manhattan. His current arrangement came about after he learned that Alaskan Sun Tanning had a walk-in freezer in the basement. For now, business is slow and the shop’s hours are erratic, so ropa vieja suggests you call before stopping by.
Oro Verde Gelati Espresso Bar [Bensonhurst]
1742 86th Street (between Bay 16th and Bay 17th streets), Brooklyn
Board Link: Superb gelato in Bensonhurst