I developed and ever-lasting love for gelato during my semester abroad in Rome. Now, anything less that Italian perfection leaves me unsatisfied. My friend Ben, who visited me in Rome and also shares my sentiment, convinced me to try Grom after our lunch in Central Park. Let’s be serious, it did not take very much convincing! Rather skeptical, I was eager to experience what he described as being possibly the best gelato in the City. The first thing I noticed was that the array of flavors were in covered silver tubs, leaving me curious about the color and the texture. Ben asked to try the Pistachio and I had a spoonful of the Stracciatella. He ended up getting a small cone with one scoop of the Pistachio and one of the Bacio (milk chocolate with bits of hazelnut). After trying his, I decided to get a small cup with one scoop of the Bacio and one of the Tiramisu (espresso coffee, biscuits, and chocolate chips). All of the intense flavors were heavenly. Smooth, rich yet wonderfully light, and bursting with authentic, high-quality raw ingredients from different parts of Italy and a few other select parts of the world. For example, the Pistachio, made with Syrian pistachios, was much closer to the color of real pistachios rather than the mint green I’ve seen at many places. It was very clear that there were no added preservatives, flavors or colorings, helping keep the gelato low in fat and sugar. The only downfall was the price tag to quantity ratio, ringing in at about $5.50 for a small. This does not change the fact that I cannot wait to come back to Grom for more!
Recap: Delicious flavors, quality ingredients; also serves sorbets, shakes and hot chocolate; pricey; service could be better
Score: 4.25/5; (solely based on the flavor we had: 4.9/5)
Address: 2165 Broadway (at 76th Street), NYC (+two other locations in NY); www.grom.it/ita/