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Gelato at Pappalecco Hillcrest

The food at Pappalecco has been described several times in Reader blogs, but the gelato has thus far been overlooked. As far as I can tell, the Fifth Avenue branch of the gelateria is identical to the Little Italy space in terms of the menu.

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At first, I was quite smitten with the decor and vibe of Pappalecco. It's very chic and seems to be the kind of place that might be the perfect post-dinner stop on a night out with friends; with espresso to fuel whatever the evening might have in store. Plus, the idea of a gelato on a warm evening appealed to me on so many levels.

The massive, glass display case of gelati held a lot of promise, but ultimately failed to deliver in just about every way possible. Stracciatella flavored gelato contained waxy, inferior chocolate and an espresso variety had been overpoweringly dosed with a liquor or extract. Both ice creams had an unpleasant, icy texture and exhibited far too much overrun (the amount of air incorporated into a frozen dessert).

The only upside was that the servings were generous compared to some other gelateria in town, though getting a greater amount of an inferior product is hardly a victory of gastronomy. Even with the generosity employed in scooping the gelati, the quality was little better than grocery store ice cream of average quality, which can be had for much cheaper at the local Vons.

Pappalecco
3650 5th Ave
906-5566

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The food at Pappalecco has been described several times in Reader blogs, but the gelato has thus far been overlooked. As far as I can tell, the Fifth Avenue branch of the gelateria is identical to the Little Italy space in terms of the menu.

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At first, I was quite smitten with the decor and vibe of Pappalecco. It's very chic and seems to be the kind of place that might be the perfect post-dinner stop on a night out with friends; with espresso to fuel whatever the evening might have in store. Plus, the idea of a gelato on a warm evening appealed to me on so many levels.

The massive, glass display case of gelati held a lot of promise, but ultimately failed to deliver in just about every way possible. Stracciatella flavored gelato contained waxy, inferior chocolate and an espresso variety had been overpoweringly dosed with a liquor or extract. Both ice creams had an unpleasant, icy texture and exhibited far too much overrun (the amount of air incorporated into a frozen dessert).

The only upside was that the servings were generous compared to some other gelateria in town, though getting a greater amount of an inferior product is hardly a victory of gastronomy. Even with the generosity employed in scooping the gelati, the quality was little better than grocery store ice cream of average quality, which can be had for much cheaper at the local Vons.

Pappalecco
3650 5th Ave
906-5566

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"The food at Pappalecco has been described several times in Reader blogs, but the gelato has thus far been overlooked."

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Ok, ok....whew, glad someone finally revealed there was gelato at Pappalecco! Might I suggest for the next blog, you get to the bottom of those fries at McDonald's.

April 9, 2012

Funny but true: the writers passed on the gelato both times this place has been up on the website--not that they were missing much.

April 10, 2012

Well, that's not a great statement about the quality of the site then. I'm beginning to really not understand how the food writing goes here these days though. I'm having a hard time finding credibility or even common sense. Lord help me, but I'm actually gonna say that Yelp provides better writing nowadays.....and it's a cesspool. But sure as shit the average Yelper seems to take more time and put more thought into a review and give more useful information than most of the crap up on here.

April 10, 2012

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