il laboratorio del gelato

October 27, 2011

Just by the name of this shop, “il laboratorio del gelato“, you know that it’s going to be seriously good gelato.

Our friend, Bhey, introduced us to this shop in the Lower East Side, which is very close to her NYC apartment. It’s right near Katz’s Deli, a few doors down, in fact.

I was slightly familiar with il laboratorio del gelato, having read about it on David Lebovitz’s blog (see his posts here and here). I trust him like I trust Heidi Swanson and Clotilde Dusoulier . They’re my gurus. So naturally I was thrilled when we decided to visit…


After seeing the Statue of Liberty via the Staten Island Ferry, we headed home to get ready for dinner and drinks. On the way we happened to pass il laboratorio del gelato – perfect. It’s never too late or early for gelato…

When I saw this first flavour, I knew I simply had to try it: Fuji Apple Sorbet. Ben is mad for Fuji Apples, so I ordered this for him. And for me too 😉 It was just gorgeous – icy, fresh, and so full of that sweet, natural fuji flavour.

I also selected the Roasted Almond Gelato, which is at the bottom of this little cup. You can kind of see it nestled along the side, below. Ooooooooh holy deliciousness. This was incredibly flavourful – you know when you roast nuts and the flavour really comes out? Well this was completely translated into gelato form.

I was so impressed as to how spot on the flavours were. What they were said to be was exactly what they were. No…they were better. I only wish I got to visit this gem again.

Il laboratorio del gelato – it’s as good as it sounds.

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

    ooooh how delicious! I love good gelato!

  • Blithely Unaware October 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    That almond one sounds SO decadent Heidi!!!

    I'm sure you'll visit again.


  • Leah October 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    MMMM roasted almond gelato…..

  • Lisa October 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, sounds so awesome. I love how pure the flavours are in good gelato. This will be on my must visit list if I ever get to NYC.

  • Heidi October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Lisa – me too!! I adore it 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – oooh it was so so so yummy!

    Leah – word 😉

    Lisa – me too, nothing like quality gelato!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah October 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Your reactions here are so exactly what mine were with (almost) all the gelato I had in Florence. That whole first-taste-OMG-how-does-it-taste-so-exactlyperfectlycompletely-like-it-should mind-blowing excitement 🙂

  • Terry Turtle October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love Fuji apples too!! Looks amazing!!

  • Carolyn October 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    i will have to go next time i'm in the city.. esp if it's next to kat'z! perfect after sandwich dessert

  • The InTolerant Chef October 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I love gelato, I get an awesome gf, df, dark chocolate that goes perfectly with rich raspberry. Now I want some… so much! I'd really love to try the apple flavour too, yumm..

  • Hannah October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Wow- great flavours! The fuji apple one sounds so fresh & yum 🙂 I'm so boring with gelato, I usually get mango or raspberry!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I think I would go mad in a store like this and go into sugar overdrive-quite happily too I might add! 😀

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    ooooo that fuji apple flavour is so the flavour I would have gone for!! <3 apple things!

    I wanna go to Kats' too!!

  • Heidi October 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hannah – haha, precisely!!

    Terry – they're the best!

    Carolyn – yes it would be, yum 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – it was so yummy!

    Hannah – it's so nice to mix things up 🙂

    Lorraine – haha, totally easy to do 😉

    Michele – we didn't go to Katz', can you believe it?! Too many other places to eat…

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Aaaah, jealous! I'm nutso for gelato, seriously! Roasted almond sounds like an absolute winner!!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan October 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    An almond is not an almond unless it is roasted. Looks delicious.