After watching a godawful movie the other night in Chelsea, I decided to salvage my evening by checking out a new Gelateria. Gelato Giusto hails from Milan, arriving in New York only 8 months ago, on a corner in the genteel environs of 9th Avenue.
The place has a relaxed, chic cafe vibe, with an authentic Italian espresso machine and plenty enough comfortable seating, inviting you to relax a while longer than many ice cream spots. Classic Italian movies flicker silently behind the counter – La Dolca Vita while I was there, which felt appropriate. There are pretty details throughout, and though I strolled in on an October evening, it took me a while to realize the black butterflies flying up the ceiling were rather classy seasonal decor!
As I arrived, the customers leaving insisted I try the hazelnut sorbetto. I had never tried a nut sorbet before and now that I have, my life may never be the same again. So smooth and so incredibly creamy, I think I asked the owner about four times if it really contained no milk! This was probably the best sorbet and the best vegan ice cream I have ever tried – at the same time! Silky, light and delicately nutty, I would have bet serious money that this was gelato in disguise. I sampled the pistachio, which was also near perfect – light in taste and color, which is always a good sign. But in a moment of hazelnut adoration, I opted to pair my sorbet with a scoop of Bacio – a deluxe, dense dark chocolate gelato with, yes, more hazelnuts!
It’s probably a good thing I don’t live anywhere near this spot, because I’d be in there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now, that would be La Dolca Vita indeed.