Libby’s Italian Pastry Shoppe (New Haven)

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We stopped by here today after pizza, walked past the wrought iron gates, waited in a line about 8 people deep and tried to decide between gelato, cannoli, espresso, or all of the above.  When I got to the case that held all the desserts I noticed many flavors of cannolis including hazelnut, pistachio, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate.  Also for sale were slices of carrot cake, red velvet cake, and an assortment of Italian pastries and cookies.  The guy in line ahead of us ordered a couple of espressos with lemon peel (sounds gross but he swore it is very good that way and it was how he had it in Europe).

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My friend and I decided to get gelato.  Flavors available today included vanilla, hazelnut, pine nut, cappuccino, and black raspberry.  I got half hazelnut and half cappuccino.  We both found the texture to be more like a soft ice cream (not soft serve ice cream, but soft hard ice cream, if that makes sense) then gelato.  It was not nearly as thick and creamy as we had expected it to be compared to gelato we’ve had elsewhere.  I was not crazy about the hazelnut as the flavor was very weak (the only real hazelnut flavor coming from the little bits of crushed hazelnut in the base), but the cappuccino was great.  I’d get it again.

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139 Wooster St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 772-0380

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