Location: Chelsea (Chelsea Market, West 15th Street and 9th Avenue)
What We Ordered: Hannah - Mascarpone and Strawberry; Jon - Pumpkin and Cinnamon
Tucked away in Chelsea Market, we stumbled upon L'Arte del Gelato after a walk down the newly finished Highline at the Railyards. After a mediocre experience at Grom, we took a chance on another gelateria hoping for better results. Unsure of what to order, we called upon the advice of our server to help us make our flavor decisions. She gave Hannah a sweet combination of Mascarpone and Strawberry while Jon got the flavor of the month, Pumpkin, paired with Cinnamon.
Our server turned out to be quite the gelato mixologist. The Strawberry and Mascarpone pairing created a soft and smooth strawberry cheesecake flavor, but could have used some more chunks of strawberry. The Mascarpone was a unique flavor we hadn't encountered before, but did not have the Chuck Norris like kick to it Hannah was expecting. Jon's Pumpkin and Cinnamon concoction blended together harmoniously, like Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, making a delicious pumpkin spice flavor (not to be basic).
L'Arte del Gelato offered quite an assortment of flavors. They had the traditional variety of chocolates and fruity sorbets, but also supplied a nice selection of specialty flavors like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Ginger to go along with seasonal favorites like Pumpkin and Chestnut. We've seen a wider variety at ice cream shops like Emack & Bolio's and OddFellows, but L'Arte del Gelato's flavor compilation was impressive for a gelateria.
Located inside Chelsea Market, the metallic surroundings integrated with L'Arte del Gelato's delightful Italian essence provided a pleasant contrast of industrial art and European charm. Being more of a stand than a shop, there was plenty of room to maneuver with our gelato in the open Market space. Seating is somewhat limited around the stand, but with all of Chelsea Market and the Highline at your disposal, you're better off taking your gelato to go.
While the gelato itself was above average, the flavor pairings is what really made L'Arte del Gelato memorable. It was comforting to know you can still get good ice cream, or in this case gelato, without having to embellish it with an assortment of unique toppings. It's a reminder that there is still beauty in simplicity.