An international ice cream shop is turning heads in the United States with an unlikely new mashup, but the Gelato Burger isn't as rank as it sounds. Curious cats can find it at Amorino, a big European chain with tons of locations abroad and a handful stateside. People who've visited certain locations in New York City apparently keep assuming the Gelato Burger is made with a few scoops of ice cream on a meat patty between buns, but that would be an insult to both gelato and burgers.
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"They ask questions because it's a little confusing," the owner of one Amorino shop in Manhattan told West Side Rag. "They think it's a hamburger, but it's not."
This obviously isn't your standard burger. (If someone just put gelato on a Big Mac-type situation, we'd have to have words.) The soft bun in this case is made with chocolate, and instead of a patty, customers get two scoops of gelato and a choice of caramel, dark chocolate or hazelnut chocolate sauce. See? That doesn't sound so bad.
Over the phone, an Amorino employee told The Daily Meal that a lot of people are surprised by and curious about the new menu item, but she wouldn't exactly call it popular. There's still time for people to warm up to it, though. It's unclear whether or not this is a limited-time-only item, but it's only been in stores for about three weeks.
The crazy hybrid costs $7.18 (cheaper than most other burgers in the city), but make sure you call ahead before heading to your local shop, because it hasn't rolled out at all U.S. locations just yet. At the time of this writing, only two of four Amorino locations in New York City confirmed that they are currently serving the Gelato Burger; those two are in the Upper West Side and Times Square, while the locations in Chelsea and Greenwich Village sadly appear to be Gelato Burger-less. Most of the chain's locations are in Europe, including the flagship in Paris, but other American outposts exist in Boston, Kalamazoo, Chicago, Raleigh, Atlanta, New Orleans, Plano, Fort Worth, Houston, Beverly Hills and San Francisco.
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If you're like us, you turned up your nose at the thought of a Gelato Burger, but it's not as wonky as you think. The idea really isn't that uncommon worldwide - there are tons of renditions on this frankenfection, but most are in Australia or the U.K. People in Sicily literally eat ice cream sandwiches for breakfast all the time (must be nice). Bring your own bun and make one of your own with a couple scoops from the best ice cream stand in your state.