il laboratorio del gelato

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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