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George | Sep 6, 200612:41 AM     28

I had lunch today at Caiotti Pizza Cafe on Tujunga (yum, salsiccia pizza), and saw the new gelateria next door. Actually, a friend who works in the area had alerted me, also that the owner who she knows is someone who travels to Italy a lot and so wanted to replicate a great gelateria here in LA.

It's a quite cute place, looks an old Italian cafe even if it has only been open one week. For gelato, I saw, classics: hazelnut, gianduja, a kind of deadly combo of both, fragola, lampone, cafe, pistacchio, cocco, stracciatella; and some not so classic, like pomegranate and blood orange and more. There were about 20 - 25 flavors? I ate: hazelnut mixed with coffee. Nocciola is basically my litmus test for gelato (i.e., it's my favorite). Not cheap: 5.50. But DELICIOUS. I can't compare to the other gelaterias that have been opening in LA lately, like Pazzo or the one in Pasadena that JG featured recently, but definitely better than Massimo's and definitely felt like I was in Italy in my mouth.

I noticed they were promoting Nancy Silverton's LaBrea bakery cookbook. Then I took the business card: owner is Gail Silverton.

This place seems really great. Gelato Bar, 4342 1/2 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City. It's like they are building a Little Italy strip over there!

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