You better believe we put a gelato shop on this list. The owner comes from a legendary Melbourne restaurant family, but went to Italy to learn all about gelato making. Even in the dead of winter (which, fine, is no New York winter), there’s likely to be a line out the door for scoops of peanut butter with toasted brioche and nutella. Oh and they have chocolate on tap.
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