That sounded a hell of a lot better in our head.
Moving on: prep your vocal cords for Latteria Italiana, a laid-back little gelato shop with piadinas, espresso and Italy-imported pastas, soft-open as of today in Midtown. (Here’s the slideshow and the menu.)
To get what’s happening here, you’ll have to take a little trip with us to Rome, 1952. Where little neighborhood markets called latterias are supplying grandmother types with sauces and pastas for their evening dinners and doling out espresso to groups of friends for leisurely conversations. The short of it: that’s this place.
Everything here is from Italy. The pistachios in your gelato: from Sicily. The espresso in your cup: from Trieste. The blue-tile wallpaper, armoire and family photos: if you guessed Italian, good job with those context clues.
It’s where you’ll while away an afternoon with a good book and a Piadina Parma—that’s a taco-looking sandwich stuffed with prosciutto di Parma and mozzarella—then graduate to one of their 16 gelatos before picking up a few stocks and sauces from their in-store market. But then, there’s still the matter of those 15 other gelatos...
Leave no gelato behind.