In this week's Gambit, resident food writer Ian McNulty files a review of the Magazine Street location of La Divina Gelateria. (La Divina also has locations in the Quarter and on Loyola's campus.) He asks, "Can visiting the gelato parlor be something more than an indulgence and instead feel virtuous, or at least conscientious?" McNulty answers his own question with a resounding "yes."
As McNulty notes, last year La Divina's owners Katrina and Carmelo Turillo brought on former Patois pastry chef Mia Calamia to revamp the savory options at the Garden District location. Calamia's offerings, including the salads and pressed panini, generally all satisfy McNulty, who reserves especial praise for the porchetta, with roasted pork "luscious enough to stick to your teeth and sparked up with a spicy/sweet mostarda." His only criticism was reserved for the muffalino, sort of a baby muffuletta, which was "too slim and short on olive salad to quell any muffuletta cravings."
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