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Best Gelato ANYWHERE - La Cremeria!


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Best Gelato ANYWHERE - La Cremeria!

OC Mutt | Jun 11, 2011 06:17 AM

NYC hounds, I have to alert you to the best gelato I’ve had in my lifetime (that includes in Italy). It’s at La Cremeria in of all places Little Italy. I tried it on a whim. While walking down Mulbery street, we spotted a place with no sign, that looked like it sold gelato. My girlfriend and I were intrigued for some reason, perhaps because as she said – “it looks like this place is serious about what they do.” So we walked up, and the guy behind the counter, who is from Italy and was obviously the owner, offers us a taste. We were hooked. Mind you, we had just come from Katz’s deli and were stuffed. The idea of eating again was revolting but this was just so good, we couldn’t resist. And it was worth every bite! It had a texture smooth as silk, it was the perfect temperature – so soft it was almost runny yet miraculously it didn’t seem to melt fast, it just stayed that way. Most importantly, the flavors were, to put it mildly, a revelation. The pistachio had a hue and a taste that just screamed out that it was made with actual pistachios, and it was also full and bold. The hazelnut had the same qualities – strong bold, and the word “natural” came to mind while eating both, but not in a tree bark, flavorless, whiny “I-want-to-be-organic-and-don’t-care-what-it-tastes-like” kind of way, but more as a powerful depth of flavor that tells you that this is made from the real stuff by a master. I don’t know if it was or it wasn’t “real” in that sense, but it tasted and felt that way. When we told the owner that the gelato was really good, he proudly responded “I know.” He wasn’t obnoxious about it, you could just see the pride he took in making a superior product. I’ve since told everyone I know to stop there, and now I’m telling the NYC Chowhounds. This guy makes spectacular gelato. Reward him with your business, and reward yourself with a frozen treasure. The website says "coming soon" but it's open.

La Cremeria
178 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012

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