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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Tondagossa


Aromi d’Italia
156 National Plaza
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

Another sunny day at the National Harbor. It’s been warm here lately with no hint of 70-75 degree weather ever returning. What better choice then do we have, but to have a frosty treat? But which one?  An ice cream? A froyo? Nah… looks like it’ll be a gelato today.

What’s a gelato anyway?  In short, it’s a creamy treat, packed with bite after bite of frosty flavor.  The longer, more technical description usually says something along the lines of, “It has less butterfat than ice cream, with the same basic ingredients – milk, sugar, cream and flavorings.”  All we really need to know is it’s generally much smoother, denser, and more intense in flavor than your typical ice cream.

For this chilly tasting adventure, I stopped by Aromi d’Italia.  Immediately, I am bombarded with a bunch of choices.  Hmm… should I try Bacio today?  Or how about a nice cup of Vanilla Bourbon?  Or perhaps a Pistachio flavored gelato?  From time to time, they’ll surprise you with an exotic flavor you haven’t seen before.  The best part is you don’t have to commit to any one flavor.  Curious about that Mamma Mia Cherry Cheesecake you’ve been eyeing (perhaps a bit embarrassed)?  Just ask for a sample and the friendly staff will help you.

I’ve been there a couple of times before – tried a variation of caramel and one of the cheesecake flavors (not the Amanda Seyfried-powered Mamma Mia, I swear).  This time, I was feeling a bit more adventurous.  So I readied my taste buds for the Grand Marnier.  Granted, I haven’t tried true Grand Marnier (yet).  But I can tell it tasted like a spirit – much like certain brandy I’ve had in the past – but disguised in silky smooth creaminess.  Each bite was more intense than the last.  Halfway through, I found myself giving my taste buds a minibreak.  Not that I wasn’t enjoying it – I loved it.  I just wanted to make sure I could taste the next bite in all its beautiful glory.  Disclaimer: Try anything bigger than a small sized cup at your own risk.  Side effects may include blacking out due to intense flavor experiences.

Though I haven’t tried their other offerings, it’s worth noting that they do offer hot and cold variations of hot cocoa and coffee.  Their menu consists of typical coffee shop-type fare such as soups, salads, and sandwiches (think panini and wraps).

All in all, this gelato shop definitely satisfied my need for a chilly dessert on a warm day.  If you’ve never tried gelato and you have a chance, I recommend you give it a shot.


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