Sweet Saturday: Be Still My Heart – Vivoli Comes To Town

I am jumping out of my skin today. Partly because it’s snowing, it should be spring and because I am participating in the New York Half Marathon tomorrow. No I am not running, I am walking it as part of Team in Training’s team that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The other reason I am excited is because Vivoli, a Florentine institution and my favorite gelateria in Italy is now in New York City. I couldn’t be happier.

Vivoli

Vivoli was one of the first places I visited that fated visit to Florence at 20 years old that changed my life forever. I love their gelato, old-fashioned, artisanal, real flavors that I recognize. Stephanie Teuwen told me about the opening yesterday and I had to check it out for myself.

Gelato

What I found, in addition to all the flavors I love, was a huge restaurant that I can’t wait to try, Stella 34 at Macy’s in Herald Square. The New York Times wrote this piece last month on the opening.

Stella 34

I felt like I was in Italy, maybe even on the last floor of Rinascente in Milan or at the bar in Como that I visited last month. I felt like I would look out the window and see the Duomo in Como (below).
Instead, I saw the Empire State Building which has its own fascino…

Como

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