What's the difference between ice cream and gelato? Air and fat. Ice cream whips more air in, losing some concentration of flavor. It also uses cream—gelato, milk—which has more fat... which is a good or bad thing, depending how you look at it. In any case, they're both delicious and, more important, neither are frozen yogurt. Here's where to find the best scoops in the city:
• Ciao Bella
The original. Apple caramel crisp, bourbon pecan, mango, fresh mint, white chocolate raspberry swirl. Love the packaging, too.
• il Laboratorio del Gelato
The hipster. Thai chili chocolate, black sesame, vanilla saffron, licorice, earl grey.
The import. Hazelnut, whipped cream, gianduja, nougat, cinnamon.
• Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
The fun factory. Avocado, lychee, red bean, peanut butter and jelly, watermelon.
• Ben & Jerry's
The classic. Sorry — had to do it. Ever since I drove up to Waterbury, VT as a college sophomore, I've been hooked on the company's history, vibe, mission, morals and crazy flavors. I mean, Phish Food and Half Baked? Come on.