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Sunday, January 14, 2007

il Laboratorio del Gelato

A coworker recently introduced our office to the gelato from il Laboratorio del Gelato. We were immediately impressed with this premium ice cream - it's the best I've had in the city. So I decided to make a personal visit to their shop at 95 Orchard street on the Lower East Side. Click here for more photos. The small shop has a stark white, clean, lab-like feel with an open kitchen. They feature 12 of their 75 flavors daily. In addition, they provide customization of flavors for restaurants and events - hence the term "Laboratorio." The owner/founder Jon Snyder does not just have a passing interest in ice cream. He is 3rd generation - his grandfather designed Carvel franchises. Snyder started in the ice cream business at age 19 when he founded Ciao Bella (a premium gelato). The company was sold in 1989. After getting an MBA at Columbia and working in Wall Street, Snyder decided to get back into the ice cream business and opened il Laboratoria. The story of the owner, his passion for gelato and the history of his ice cream ventures has been told by many magazines and newspapers - click here for il Laboratoria's press page where you can read the articles. And don't forget to visit and enjoy ...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see people from MBA programs at Columbia are doing the really important things like opening really good ice cream shops...and I really mean that.

Alex said...

it's food or it's medicines !!

Anonymous said...

love the background story!

Anonymous said...

i love ice cream and gelatos! give them to me anytime!

Brian said...

You can't find too many people who don't like ice cream!
Brian

Anonymous said...

I've tried Ciao Bella but not il Laboratoria. Ciao Bella is excellent and I'm sure, based on the pedigree, il Laboratoria will be just as good, if not better.

Anonymous said...

Italy rules!!