Category Archives: Gelato

Two for Tuesday: Spumoni

National Ice Cream Month is nearly over, so I’m featuring spumoni.  I have a memory of the best spumoni at Villabate Bakery in Brooklyn (before it became Villabate Alba).  Where better to try spumoni than at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.  L&B is a pizzeria that sells spumoni and ices as well.  It’s still owned by the same family as the original owner.  There are outdoor tables outside, and you can walk up to the window and either order pizza or spumoni/ices.  On my visit, I got both.  I saw a lot of people with plastic cups of the signature spumoni with its distinctive green, brown and yellow color representing pistachio, chocolate and vanilla.  So I got one too while my friend got plain vanilla.  While it was a smooth treat, I prefer my spumoni with pink cherry in it.  Also, I prefer the lemon ice at L&B to the spumoni.

Spumoni L&B

The second spumoni I sampled was at the recent Giglio Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from an Uncle Louie G’s stand.  It had the same vanilla, chocolate and pistachio in yellow, brown and green.  However, it was smoother than L&B and had more flavor.  I really enjoyed this one.

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Sweets Week: Day 7: L’Arte del Gelato

Nothing like a stroll on the High Line to end the holiday weekend.  And some delicious gelato!

July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of my favorite creamy sweet treat, I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

L’Arte del Gelato is my favorite gelato in the city.  Now, the original shop is named Dolce Gelateria, and the locations in Chelsea Market, the High Line and Lincoln Center Plaza are still named L’Arte del Gelato.  I love many of the flavors here.  On a recent trip to the High Line, I got strawberry gelato and frutti di bosco sorbet.

L'Arte del Gelato

Verdict:  Still my favorite gelato in the city.  Both flavors are delish, but the sorbet was the standout.

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

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New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

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Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

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Two for Tuesday: Seasonal Ingredients

If you read food blogs, you should know that pumpkin is the ingredient of the season.  But there are some other great fall/winter ingredients making a presence.  If you didn’t get to try Grom‘s chestnut flavor last year, you MUST try it this year.  But if you do, please leave some for me.

Grom’s chestnut

Also, the substitute for pumpkin, the sweet potato, is being used in some creative ways.  I had brunch at West End Grill in Hell’s Kitchen.  My eggs came with a side of sweet potato chipotle short rib hash.  Yes, you read that right.  Not normally a hash fan, I found this dish to be delish.

sweet potato chipotle short rib hash

Not a meat eater? No worries, try the potato carrot hash instead.

potato carrot hash

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

Yes, ice cream is a popular topic on my blog because I love it!  I love iced treats in all forms–ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt…(am I the only one who remembers ice milk?).  Recently, I went to one of my favorite ice cream shops in the city, Sundaes and Cones, in the East Village, with a hankering for my favorite flavor there–corn.  I got that along with ginger and Thai tea.  What a delight!  One was better than the other, but my favorite is still corn!

ginger, corn and Thai tea ice cream

In addition to old favorites, I love giving new places a try.  While in Little Italy for San Gennaro, I stepped into Mo Gelato, a new gelateria.  Of course, gelato is better for you than ice cream, so I was being healthy when I got a double scoop (in a cup, mind you).  Cherry and mascarpone flavors.  Both were out of this world.  The mascarpone was so creamy, but the cherry was the showstopper.  Also creamy, it just had the perfect cherry flavor and a tiny bit of a crunch.  L’arte del Gelato finally has some competition.

mascarpone and cherry gelato

Two for Tuesday: Desserts in a Glass

Bindi dessert company started as a bakery in Milan in 1946.  Now, it sells delicious dessert creations to restaurants.  Recently, I was able to snag one of their glass collection–coppa spagnola.  The Web site says it’s vanilla and amarena cherry gelato swirled with amarena cherries and syrup, but when I tasted it, I thought it was fabulously creamy whipped cream.  Indeed, the label on the dessert I had said it was frozen cream swirled with black cherry sauce and topped with black cherries.  I had never had their desserts before, and this was a great introduction.  If you eat it at a restaurant, I guess the restaurant keeps the glass, but I found this at a grocery store, so I was able to keep the glass.


If you’re in the mood for an ice cream sundae, Big Daddy’s has a few great options.  Big Daddy’s is a fun diner that pays tribute to pop culture in the last 50 years with pictures on the wall and items on the menu.  My friend and I got Strawberry Fields Forever–cheesecake with vanilla ice cream, strawberry topping and whipped cream–and The “Caramel” Apple–apple pie with vanilla ice cream, hot caramel sauce and whipped cream.


These large sundaes, complete with rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top, are fun takes on classic American desserts.

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

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.