As soon as I knew Pandolfi was really, truly open I beat it out there for a lick.
The shop was four hours young on Saturday when I popped in, and, of course, it was already jamming. Jeanne Riha, the fresh new owner, laughed at how they had no idea what to expect on opening day and, of course, she just sent her husband home for a bit when a throng of people walked in. I like Day One.
The shop is cute and hidden and shouting hello with its red door. Not only can you sample from a bevy of gelato, but there are jars with nostalgic candy (such as the orange foamy all-wrong circus peanuts that I love), tin buckets filled with candies, shelves stacked with toys, and even some handbags and trinkets for the moms.
Jeanne said she chose the Palazzolo gelato brand from Michigan because it was very high quality and used natural ingredients. Plus it has more than 600 flavors in its pocket. I sampled caramel mascarpone with
pistachio, white chocolate (you really have to LOVE white chocolate for this one), but ultimately went with Dutch fudge cookies n' cream. A much deeper cookie experience than with the usual Oreo, to be sure.
And what is it about gelato that makes you best friends with the strange lady next to you! We were sampling and laughing like old gal pals. Clearly this is a seek-and-ye-shall-be-rewarded experience. If you bring your kids, make sure they have a couple bucks of mad money to blow and they will love you forever.