Come get yer overpriced gelato here!

I tried Capogiro’s a while back @ their 13th & Sansom-ish location and wasn’t overly impressed (there was something waxy and flat about their gelato) but decided to just have a look see at their newer shop @ 19th & Sansom-ish. The cool blue tones of the walls and the shiny glass and chrome of the freezers encasing the frozen treats made for a crisp summery aesthetic that put me in the mood something cold and sweet. They sure do know how to create a yummy-lookin’ display of all their offerings and so I decided to give them another go, opting for the bitter dark chocolate which tasted like a brownie, but still lacked the creamy mouthfeel I expect of gelato. At about four bucks for the smallest serving, I feel like I should have been reeling from a gelato-induced taste sensation, but such was not the case. However, it looks as if they have wireless access so I just may go in next time for a cookie or sandwich and surf for a bit just to enjoy the cool digs–but I’m stayin’ away from the gelato.

7 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    I’ve always really enjoyed Capogiro, but have a really hard time with the prices. Where do you go in Philly for good gelato?

  2. AG (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    there’s a definitely a dearth of authentic gelaterias in center city–the best i’ve had has actually been in atlanta, of all places. for good ol’ ice cream, american-style, i just head over to Scoop De Ville on 18th & chestnut, next to dibruno’s.

  3. Les (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Wait – is gelato and gelati the same thing….? Well, anyway, there’s a great one on Chestnut between 6th and 7th (closer to 6th St.) The gelato (gelati?) is delish and the prices are a bit better than Capogiro.

  4. AG (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    not sure the difference, but the gelati’s i’ve had here in philly are water ice plus ice cream

  5. Andrea (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    Gelato is different that gelati: Philadelphia gelatis are water ice and ice cream in layers (usually WI/IC/WI); gelato is an Italian frozen dessert, similar to ice cream but made with milk and not cream. It’s usually smoother and has a different texture.

    Best gelato I’ve had so far has been in Toronto, when I was there last month. I forget the name of the place, but it was mighty tasty indeed.

  6. Art (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    Try Cafe Toscana on Chestnut near 6th. I think you’ll find it closer to the smooth creamy goodness you desire.

  7. helene (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    Definetely Caffe’ Carmen in South Philly, Pennsport, they were voted Best of Philly 2006, and are a fraction of the cost of the center city big shots.

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