Talk of the Town : Joe Gelato, Zoku Reincarnated
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Joe Gelato: Italy is Closer than Ever
Try the best and most authentic Italian gelato in Mexico City at Joe Gelato. Joe, formerly of Ricerca Gelatería, has streamlined operations and opened a smartly appointed locale closer to many of us. He concentrates on producing both traditional gelatos such as pistacchio and hazelnut as well as knockout modern flavors like olive oil, red tea and buttermilk. There is much competition amongst ice cream makers these days, but Joe is the winner. Gelato is sold by the scoop, half liter, or can be ordered in larger quantities.
Zoku’s New Menu
Zoku started out as a venue for creative Japanese chef Hiroshi Kawaito, who helped change the face of Japanese cooking in our city with his artsy omekases. That renegade chef has moved on to greener pastures and the newly re-inaugurated and more compact space is now directed by talented young Silverio Cervantes. The menu, more down-home izakaya than eclectic omekase—that is, based on a panoply of classic i.e. safe Japanese dishes—is affordable, satisfying and if not challenging, up to discerning Japanese tastes. Cervantes did a stint in Japan and is familiar with a large repertoire of standards. His ramen is a knockout and that in a city overflowing with good bowls of those delectable soup noodles. The soft crab tempura taco with seaweed bows to Mexico. Cabbage okonomiyaki is a satisfying fat pancake from Osaka. The new Zoku is a welcome addition to the growing array of Nippon noshes in our ever more international metropolis.
Durango 359, Roma Nte.; see map
Tel. 5211 9855
Open Monday- Wednesday 1 – 11 p.m., Thursday – Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 7