In my magnum ice cream opus
I had proclaimed that the gelato sold during the summer months from a cart in front of the restaurant Osteria del Circo
, on West 55th St., was perhaps the best, most authentic traditional gelato I'd had outside of Italy. They normally brought the cart out from June through early-September. As summer approached this year my mouth started watering with Pavlovian gelato memories. I pass Osteria del Circo just about every night after six, as I walk from my office on East 55th street to the subway at 7th Avenue and 57th. I started looking for the gelato cart just after Memorial Day. No cart. I checked every night in June. No cart. Maybe I had misremembered, I thought. Maybe they don't start until July. So last night I walked by the restaurant and there was still no cart. I buttonholed the waiter who was serving the outdoor tables. "Is there going to be a gelato cart this summer?" I asked.
"I don't know what's happening," he replied. "I think they had to apply for a permit. I don't know." I guess he didn't know, but it's not looking good.
I'm jonesing for that gelato. Mike Bloomberg, I think you've been doing a pretty good job as mayor (despite the fact that just about anybody would look good after Giuliani and Koch
), but I'd unequivocally declare you a great mayor, one of the greatest mayors in the history of New York City, if you'd drop everything and push through that gelato permit for Osteria del Circo. Thanks.