- The Scene
A small neon sign leads the way to this outpost of Ciao Bella's Mott Steet factory. Without seating options inside, customers either order and go, or take seats around the potted tree outside on the sidewalk. On sultry summer nights, the high-end ice cream shop pulls in families from Chintown and Little Italy, as well as sleeksters post-spree or pre-bar.
Scoops in a rich palette of flavors double as fashion accessories. Dense raspberry, mango and grapefruit sorbets are saturated with fruit, while ice cream flavors such as green tea and malted milk ball hit their notes perfectly. The Caribbean shake (made with passion fruit sorbet and vanilla ice cream) is just one standout among a host of frappes, floats and other drinks, including hot chocolate in the winter.
- Ice Cream 2007