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Summer delight: artisan ice cream, gelato

Hand-crafted artisan ice cream appeals to locavores


By Lynne Char Bennett, Chronicle Staff Writer

Published 4:00 am, Thursday, July 23, 2009


Argentina native Federico Murtagh started selling his gelato in farmers' markets after learning how to make it in 2006, then opened this small store three months ago. In addition to the store, Murtagh has several restaurant customers who purchase Buenos Aires gelato, his wholesale food service brand. The sparsely decorated Lush Gelato store carries an always-changing lineup of 12 flavors from the multitude in Murtagh's recipe book. In-store flavors - made from organic ingredients whenever possible - include cardamom, dulce de leche, strawberry and lemon.


Basics: Compostable cups ($2.75-$5); single pint ($8); cones sometime in the future.

Bonus: Generous scoops; this is one shop where the number of flavors in a cup is not strictly limited.

4184 Piedmont Ave. (at Linda), Oakland; (510) 547-1299. Noon-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


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