I don't ever post on this board, but I am a longtime lurker.
Whenever anyone asks for recommendations for ice cream/gelato, inevitably someone mentions Cones in the same breath as Laboratorio and Otto. Until last night, I had no opinion on the subject because I hadn't ever been to Cones. Well now I have an opinion, and I can confirm for the curious that all those who recommend Cones either haven't been to the other two places or else are insane.
I will concede that Cones looks the part, but when it comes to texture and flavor, there is no comparison. I fact, I am not at all convinced that Cones is superior to Ciao Bella from the supermarket.
Cones supporters -- explain yourselves!