ARTE Tel-Aviv: Ice Cream and Other Forms of Art
I had been invited to write about this ice cream parlor a while ago, but being an over efficient person, had waited for the right opportunity that would enable me to combine it with another trip in the vicinity. Now that I've been there, I'm sorry I didn't visit it especially earlier because ARTE is much more than a terrific ice cream parlor with several gluten-free and vegan options. ARTE is a social meeting place for those who love art and music. The photo below depicts my son with one of the owners, Sissi Pagani who extends her welcome to you.
The boutique ice-cream parlor was opened about three years ago by an Italian couple Sissi Pagani and Marco Camorali who was joined by Sissi's mother Miriam Pagani and sister Daniella Contini in Israel to form a family enterprise. Sissi and Marco studied professional ice-cream making in Milan at a famous school led by Manuelle Presenti. The mother is responsible for several of the gluten-free baked goods and decorations that are added to the flavors and the sister is responsible for some of the marketing aspects including photography.
As truly committed professionals, they do not use food coloring or chemical emulsifiers. The flavors are carefully balanced from the best raw ingredients and even the baked additions are handmade. About half of the flavors are vegan and the best thing for me, of course, was that all the flavors except one are gluten-free so I was able to taste quite a few before settling on a serving of three flavors. I chose flavors that balance sweet and sour: orange chocolate, Marco's cake (a creamy base mixed with raspberries) and a goat-cheese pear flavor that was especially developed for the Israeli chef, Nir Tzuk for the holidays. My son also took a holiday flavor, apple strudel together with 'The Duke's cake' (another creamy flavor) and a white caramel chocolate flavor. The parlor also serves granita drinks that they couple learned how to make in Sicily as they did 1400 years ago.
The artistic inclination is expressed both visually and musically. ARTE collaborates with local artists by exhibiting their paintings inside the parlor. The exhibition is changed once a month and buyers can contact the artists if they are interested in their works. In addition, ARTE collaborates with jazz musicians and hosts a FREE CONCERT every week on Thursdays between 20:30-22:30 just outside the parlor where they arrange a seating area for up to 40 people. Passersby usually stop to listen even standing.
If you've read my previous post, you'll know that their location on Neve Zedek St. is where the city holds a handcraft fair every Tuesday and Friday. So now you have Thursday nights to come there as well.
In short, ARTE is a great location to break your fasting, but even more so to have fun and enjoy a refreshing delicious gourmet treat.
Address: ARTE, 11 Nahalat Binyamin St., Tel-Aviv
Contact: 055-8954868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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