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Restaurants & Bars

artisanal ice cream (gelato)

sc | Jul 18, 200110:34 AM     8

has anyone been to The Penguin up on Lawrence? It's on the south side of the street, between Rockwell and the river (more specifically, between Washtenaw and Virginia). It's billed as "Agentine Artisanal Gelato", although it's not really like any Italian gelato I've ever had.

Does anyone know anything about this Argentine-style "gelato"? It's rich and has kind of a soft gooey texture. Does it contain eggs?

The fruit flavors are very intense and refreshing - my current favorite is grapefruit. banana's good, too. The creamy flavors are so rich and sweet, I can't even finish a small size. Dulce de leche, sabayon and nevado are all amazing. (As you can tell, I'm working my way through the menu!) The only flavor I haven't liked so far is cherries and cream.

This stuff is great and the portions are huge. I think the owners are always really happy to see anyone come in there, because I suspect they don't get much foot-traffic. It's in a weird location. Check it out if you happen to be in Lincoln Square. It would be a real tragedy if this place went out of business. They serve pizza, too, but I haven't tried it - if anyone here has, let me know how it is!

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