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With a cherry on top…

August 24, 2009

This weekend my family came together and had a send off dinner for my step-brother who is returning to college. At some point during the evening someone mentioned getting gelato afterwards, which wasn’t so much a question as much as it was a proclamation. “Gelato” really translates to only one thing in our family… Arlecchino Gelateria.

Yes, there are a number of gelato places around town, in fact the restaurant where we were dining had it on the menu, but Arlecchino gelato is something entirely different. Everything at Arlecchino is handmade from scratch using only fresh, natural ingredients. The recipes are closely held secrets that Moreno Spangaro and his wife Marina studied and perfected while apprenticing under a gelato master in Italy. Over the years we have had long conversations with Moreno about his care and detail in making gelato. You will appreciate their dedication to authenticity. Their store is just like walking into a gelateria in Florence with seasonal fruit flavors, dark chocolates and espresso varieties, and Sean’s personal favorite the Pistachio, made from roasted Sicilian pistachios. Sean and I once traveled through Italy with the goal of tasting every gelato flavor we could try and Arlecchino Gelateria takes us back to that memory every time.

Now… here is the secret when you go, order any flavor you want because they are all spectacular, but make sure you get the Amarena Fabbri on top. Amarena Fabbri is a wild cherry topping from Italy that puts our maraschino cherries to shame. These black cherries come in a thick syrup that is both a little sweet and a little sour and explodes with flavor. It is the perfect topping for the perfect gelato.

Arlecchino Gelateria

4410 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018
SE Corner of 40th Street & Campbell
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