Update: Unfortunately, Sotto Zero has closed. We’re keeping the pictures up, though, so we can look back on the shop fondly.
It was hot and humid tonight and the YDKJ sweet tooth was calling out for frozen treats. We immediately headed over to Caffè Gelateria Sotto Zero in North Arlington. Wow, we were impressed!
The location couldn’t be nicer, right on Ridge Road with lots of indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of parking. The interior walls are coated in a cool blue paint for an igloo-like feeling, according to their website. A penguin mascot, who’s also in the logo, greets you from the counter when you enter.
When we arrived, there was a very large group of people crowded around the gelato counter who were not moving along after getting their servings. Our server asked them, very politely, to step to the side when she saw that we were unable to see any of the flavors. She really handled the situation nicely and kept our visit from turning into just an ice cream stop.
Once we were able to see the gelato flavors, we decided on pistachio. It was delicious and creamy. They also had other classic flavors like amaretto (almond cookie), caffè (espresso), biscotto (butter cookie) and nocciola (hazelnut). The store has 18 gelato flavors that rotate in and out of the freezer.
From the ice cream counter, we tried coffee chip, chocolate peanut butter, green tea and cake batter ice cream. All were fantastic! The store also rotates 32 ice cream and 10 Italian ice flavors.
Best of all, grande size gelato was only a little over $5 and grande ice cream was a little less. What a deal for artisan gelato and ice cream hand-made by Italian owners.
Sotto Zero also makes ice cream and gelato cakes, ice cream sandwiches by hand and have a full menu of other store-made Italian desserts.
They also have a full coffee bar.
So, if you’re in the area and in the mood for delicious ice cream and gelato treats, we highly recommend checking out Sotto Zero!
Caffè Gelateria Sotto Zero
89 Ridge Road
- Mon – Thurs: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Fri: 1:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- Sat – Sun: 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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