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Morano Gelato – Hanover, NH

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by virginia


When I was researching restaurants in the Hanover area prior to our trip, I came across an article that named Morano Gelato as having the best gelato in the US. With that kind of endorsement, it was hard to pass up a chance to taste it for ourselves. After the post-wedding brunch, Josh and I headed back to Main Street to try some of the gelato before we hit the road back home.

We both opted for small cups with two flavors each. Much to my disappointment, the pistachio gelato wasn’t ready yet. I guess they make different batches throughout the day so that all of the gelato is fresh. There was a sign explaining the process.

Gelato production process

Gelato production process

I ended up getting riso (rice) and stracciatella while Josh selected ricotta pear and sweet milk. I had expected the riso to taste like rice pudding in gelato form and was surprised that it was mildly sweet and creamy, like vanilla, but not cinnamony at all. It was studded with bits of chewy rice, and I enjoyed the textural contrast. The stracciatella also had a vanilla base and was run through with chocolate shavings. The sweet milk tasted to me like the riso gelato minus the rice. The ricotta pear, however, did have a distinct pear flavor to it and a bit of tang from the ricotta.

Riso and straciatella on the left, sweet milk and ricotta and pear on the right

Riso and stracciatella on the left, sweet milk and ricotta pear on the right

Morano Gelato wasn’t around during our college years, which was too bad because it seemed like a nice shop and I would have liked to have been able to taste more flavors. It was the texture of the gelato that really sealed it for me though – it was creamy, smooth, and rich, but not overly dense. It’s a bit pricey (a small cup was about $4 and the serving size wasn’t that big) so it’s not somewhere that we would go all the time, but it’s a nice splurge once in a while. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a taste.

Morano Gelato
57 South Main St.

Hanover, NH

Disappointing Dessert at Cones

Thursday, December 17th, 2009 by virginia


After our lovely dinner at Po Restaurant, we decided to skip dessert there in favor of some gelato down the street at Cones. There were plenty of flavors to choose from and even though I was considering being adventurous (corn gelato anyone?), we all stuck with our standard favorites.

Selection of sorbets available

Just a small sample of the large selection of sorbets and gelatos available

I went with the pistachio gelato, which is my must-have whenever we’re traveling in Europe. I ate tons of pistachio gelato when we were in Italy with Josh’s family a few years ago and it’s my favorite ice cream flavor. Unfortunately the one at Cones was kind of gritty, not smooth like you would expect gelato to be. Flavor-wise it was fine, but they blended the pistachio in miniscule pieces, which was the culprit for the grittiness. It’s nice that they use real nuts but the texture was off putting. I also found several icy bits that detracted from the gelato as well.

Pistachio gelato in a cup with a cone on top

Pistachio gelato in a cup with a cone on top

Josh had the coffee mocha chocolate chip gelato, which also had tiny pieces of chocolate chip running throughout but they were less offensive because you were expecting them, and they melted on your tongue right away. The coffee mocha was mild in flavor, and while the gelato tasted ok in general, it definitely wasn’t the best.

Coffee mocha chip

Coffee mocha chocolate chip in the front, lemon sorbet in the back

Josh parents opted for the lemon sorbet, hoping that it would be like the sweet creamy sorbet we had in Italy. Unfortunately the sorbet they received was icy and not creamy at all. It was also extremely tart, much tarter than you would expect from a sorbet. There was hardly any sweetness to it at all and made my mouth pucker a bit. It definitely wasn’t what we were expecting and pretty disappointing.

Overall I wasn’t too impressed by the gelato and sorbet we got from Cones. To me, they failed on both flavor and texture, the two most important things for good gelato/sorbet. However, I’m not all that familiar with the NYC gelato scene so I have no basis of comparison. All I can say is that I definitely won’t be coming back here the next time a gelato craving hits.

272 Bleecker St. between Morton and Jones St.
New York, NY