A proven team pulls off yet another success.
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Summer may end this month, but that doesn’t mean the heat has gone away. When your tongue needs some coolant, check out these homemade water ices and gelati.
Caffé Gelato (90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811) branded itself around the creamy Italian specialty, so you’d better believe owner Ryan German does it well, in the tradition of Northern Italy, using real fruit, nuts, chocolates, milk and cream. Chocolate-hazelnut is the top seller, but with 24 flavors available daily, there’s plenty to choose from. Caffé Gelato also supplies many local restaurants and famous Janssen’s Supermarket with gelato. Last spring, it made watermelon-mint green tea gelato for Longwood Gardens.
The warmer, the better, says Tommy Limmina, owner of Yatz’s Subs & Steaks (626 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-6659), who, for more than 28 years, has served fresh-made water ice during the summer. The variety of flavors—lemon, strawberry, cherry, mango and a few others—haven’t changed too much, nor have the prices. One dollar still gets you a 10-ounce water ice.
Hoping to compliment its legendary pies, Grotto Pizza (locations statewide) has rolled out its own line of gelato for each of its locations. The artisan gelato is low in fat, and because less air is whipped into it, denser and more flavorful. The most popular choices include chocolate, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, and strawberry sorbet.
Owner Bernie Malloy is like the Dr. Frankenstein of water ice. From Bernie’s The Original Water Ice (1701 W. 8th St., Wilmington, 429-8985), Malloy experiments with water ice flavors and combinations to titillate his customers’ taste buds. He’s done caramel apple, bangin’ banana berry, cantaloupe and more. If you see a “tuna” option on the flavor board, kindly refrain. That’s Bernie’s way of saying he’s out of a certain flavor and a new one is on the way. Red hot cinnamon was added over the summer. Still, the old standards sell very well. —Matt Amis