Ice cream is our Two for Tuesday this week. Well, ice cream-related desserts–gelato and Italian ice–to be exact.
L’arte del Gelato is my favorite gelato place in New York City. I haven’t had a flavor here I didn’t like. And the flavors are consistent–consistently great! Its Web site says it uses the “finest ingredients” in their “natural state,” and I suspect that’s why the gelato here is so good. This time, I got a flavor I hadn’t gotten before: coconut. A wonderfully clean coconut flavor.
Whenever I eat Italian ice, I go for the traditional lemon. With flavors like mojito, cookie dough and pink lemonade, Andy’s Italian Ices truck delivers more than just the standards and makes lemon ice seem a little boring. At Andy’s, there are water ices like lemon and creme ices. My mom talks about a delicious creme ice when she was a kid called vanilla yum yum at a stand in Hoboken. Andy’s doesn’t have vanilla, but I chose cannoli, which sounded good. Cannoli is flecked with chocolate chips and pieces of real cannoli shell for a little crunch. The creme ice does have an authentic cannoli-like flavor while being both creamy and refreshing.