Exploring the 'Gelato District'

July 15, 2008 3:29:23 PM PDT
Manhattan has a theater district, a fashion district and even a diamond district. Now, it looks like there's also a gelato district.Six different gelato shops are open in the Village. And what better time to sample them than during the summer?

And when seeking out a cold treat, head to what is perhaps the city's coldest, right along Bleecker Street.

At the corner of Bleecker and Carmine is Grom. There, you'll find metals tins filled with gelato and granita, which is sort of like a slushy, all made fresh every day.

Up the block is Rocco's, which has been around since 1974. There, you can choose between gelato and Italian ices.

Across the street is Cones. Oscar D'Aloisio opened it 10 years ago with the hopes of introducing Americans to the gelato they love in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina. And he's got some crazy flavors, like corn. Another is made with Jack Daniels.

There is more gelato around the corner on 7th Avenue at L'Arte del Gelato. They like to call on Sicilian traditions. There's even a gelato for breakfast.

Across 7th Avenue, Milk and Cookies offers cold comfort with a scoop of Il Laboratorio del Gelato in between two fresh-baked cookies. It is the gourmet ice cream sandwich.

And just a little further into the West Village is Sant Ambroeus, which takes its cue from its namesake in Milan. There, you'll find sweet, cold treats in dainty cups or cones.

For more on the shops listed above, visit:

  • Grom
  • Rocco's
  • L'Arte del Gelato
  • Milk and Cookies
  • Sant Ambroeus


    STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg

    WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King