My new favorite ice cream flavor
June 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
When it comes to ice cream, I tend to stick to the classics. Rich, bittersweet chocolate, a good tart raspberry sorbet, maybe some creamy, nutty pistachio.
L’arte del Gelato in Chelsea Market had all of those, but when Laura and I went a couple weeks ago, I found myself drawn to the grape sorbet and rice pudding ice cream. My God. That grape sorbet is my new, hands-down favorite flavor. And that includes the amazing pear sorbet from Bent Spoon in Princeton. You know how grape medicine always tasted absolutely vile? If it tasted like this, I would’ve chugged it all the time. It actually tasted like real grape. Luscious but clean, tart but sweet, with actual grape skins mixed in.
The budino di riso was the perfect contrast against the sorbet, with its luxurious creaminess. It never occurred to me to “freeze” rice pudding and call it ice cream, but it worked here. And the texture, with all those little pearls of rice, was something new.
Laura raved about her peach sorbet and panna cotta (creme caramel) but I was too blissed out with my own cup of heaven.
L’Arte del Gelato
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011