The gelato at Grom is very sweet, and creamy. They try using the best natural authentic ingredients possible, and everything in the New York store is imported from Italy (where it originates) – even down to the napkins and the water. I really like the simplicity they portray in their image. It’s nice, clean, and presentable. The gelato is amazing! One of their really good signature flavors is Crema di GROM.
This is the flavor that distinguishes us from the rest because of its recipe: egg cream, “meliga” biscuits and dark chocolate from Colombia. We wanted to create a flavor that incorporated something of the Piedmontese culture, and so here is Colombian chocolate more finely sifted (3 mm) and meliga biscuits (made with corn flour, in this case stone-milled to make it grainier) by a legendary baker located in Battifollo, a small town in the province of Cuneo, in an extremely pleasant encounter. Try it, and then we will talk about it…
I guarantee you will enjoy this. You might even want to go back for seconds! It’s kind of like a very original version of cookie dough, but creamy of course. And it isn’t too sweet, they have all the ingredients measured just right. I love the chocolate chips they put into it because they just add bursts of flavor that make this gelato even more exciting. The fact that they use egg cream gives it a really unique flavor which is fabulous. In Venice, Italy it is especially wonderful – this is where I first tried it.
In New York, I had no idea what flavor to try. I anticipated this visit because firstly, it was a swelteringly hot day after a bike around Central Park, and I was looking for something refreshing. Second, I occasionally ponder this cold treat and wish to have it again after my visit to Italy back in ’11. It was a struggle deciding which flavor to try this time, but I ended up with the special Green Tea and White Chocolate chips flavor of the month. (I decided I could try any of the other flavors another time).
I really like the creativity of this flavor. Their green tea gelato is rich and sweet yet subtle, but still delicious. I don’t think it was strongly flavored as I’d expect other green tea powdered ice creams to taste, but considering their care in natural ingredients, you can push it aside. The white chocolate chips were a bit hard and getting stuck in my teeth because of the coldness, but other than that it was great.
My dad also had the melon sorbet, which tasted fantastic, really! It almost tasted like a real melon. It was light and I liked this more because it was a sorbet, and so it was very light and fresh. Again, I don’t think you’d regret trying this one.
Overall, place sets a high standard for quality gelato and sorbet. They really have pride in what they do. Another unique thing you might notice here is their biodegradable spoons. It’s just that I can’t remember ever encountering a mini flat spoon, and it’s a cool concept with the different texture. It’s neat! A bit pricey, but you should definitely try it. Especially if you love gelato. I really appreciate the people who spent so much time mastering their techniques for this cold delicacy. You can read more of their philosophy here.
Wish they had this in Vancouver!