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Palo Alto's own gelataio

Original post made on Aug 23, 2014

There's something different about Gelataio, Palo Alto's newest gelato shop and the first retailer to open at brand-new development Lytton Gateway.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:35 AM

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Posted by Member
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 23, 2014 at 1:25 am

To begin with a 'gelataio' is someone who makes and deals in gelato, specifically handmade gelato. It can be a man or a woman.

Second, in California we're obsessed with 'organics' precisely because the majority of our produce is genetically-modified, pesticide-laden produce. Italy does not obsess over it because the vast majority of the produce is in the hands of small farmers who by pride and tradition would not imagine ruing the lands with chemicals that risk it's long-term sustainability; and further GM foods are illegal.

I'm a fan of the Gelataio in general; but I find that some of the flavors are not strong enough as they are in Italy. The flavors need more intensity or this place risks not distinguishing itself from places like Tin Pot or Mr Mrs Miscellaneous, which seem to understand this. I wish them well in any case.

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Posted by Other member
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Web Link

Meanwhile, although Italy has lower pesticide residues in crops than other countries in Europe, that's not a "tradition" but actually a rather new development. In the 90's pesticide usage in Italy was among the highest in all of Europe:
Web Link

As for some idealistic respect for the land: some of the coastline in southern Italy was among the most polluted I have ever seen anywhere, including many places in the third world.

Back on topic…I really need to give this place a try. Grom (in NYC) is the best I've had in the states recently.

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Sep 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

We tried it last week. Yummy

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