Sweets in the City | Vivoli il Gelato

Welcome to my first "Sweets in the City" post! I decided to change things up around here and not focus solely on recipes. If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that recipe-writing is not really my thing. I will still share recipes, but not as often (you probably already noticed that I cut back). I hope to intersperse other types of posts (such as dessert/bakery spotlights) throughout the year and hopefully revive this little ol' blog as well as my passion for writing. Thanks for understanding. Have a great weekend! 

This past week was a good one for New York City - the famed gelateria from Florence, Italy, Vivoli il Gelato opened its doors in Macy's Herald Square. I just happened to be in the city the day after they set up shop and since Macy's is conveniently located a few blocks away from Penn Station (where I take the train back to Long Island), I decided to check it out. How could I resist a little taste of Italy?

At the time of my visit, they were offering a variety of flavors including honey, rice (pudding), pistachio, hazelnut, mandarino, chocolate, crema, and pear. I tasted a few, but my favorites were pistachio and mandarino. I can't say that it's the best gelato I've ever had though. They also offered traditional Italian pastries such as cannolis, tiramisu, and panna cotta as well as assorted pastries and cakes.

The gelateria is hidden away on the 6th floor of Macy's near Broadway, where the new restaurant, Stella 34 is situated. It took me a while to find it as I didn't do my research beforehand and none of the 6th floor employees knew what I was talking about. Thank goodness for smartphones and WiFi. So I leave you with this tip - take the dedicated express elevator at Macy's 35th & Broadway entrance, unless you want to do some shopping before indulging in some Italian sweets. 

P.S. There's a pretty sweet view of the Empire State Building from the seating area towards the back of the Stella 34 restaurant. 

Vivoli il Gelato
Macy's Herald Square
151 W. 34th St., 6th Floor
(35th & Broadway entrance)
New York, NY 10001