For our first installment of Elevated Eats we followed our good friends at L'Arte del Gelato through the process of making some of the best gelato in town. Each small batch is produced by hand in their "laboratorio" below Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue, and brought daily to their popular location on the High Line.
L'Arte del Gelato has been a favorite High Line summer tradition since 2011. Last season alone, visitors and neighbors enjoyed 80,000 cups and cones of gelato.
Francesco Realmuto, owner of L'arte del Gelato, is passionate about his products and the Sicilian comfort food from his childhood. After 12 years as a diamond cutter, he left his job to pursue his culinary passions full-time.
Francesco's mantra is that simple ingredients make delicious results. Cream, sugar, mascarpone, and eggs are the base of every gelato – this batch was tiramisu so it included espresso as well.
The secret behind the richness of Francesco's gelato is in the small batch production. The freshness and proper balance of the ingredients ensures a velvety texture.
The finishing touches are put on a batch of tiramisu gelato.
Now to the High Line where the morning crew is getting ready for the day. It's the first week of High Line Food, and L'Arte del Gelato is open 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM.
One of Francesco's favorite combinations is creamy rich pistachio gelato alongside tart mixed berry sorbetto. Stop by L'Arte del Gelato, on the High Line at 15th Street, and discover your perfect pairing!
All photos by Amelia Krales.