Where we’re eating: Gran Caffe L’Aquila
Pasta carbonara, with savory gelato on top, at Gran Caffe L’Aquila. MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
Those who enjoy espresso and gelato are in luck at Rittenhouse’s elegant but affordable Gran Caffe L’Aquila (1716 Chestnut St.), where the coffee is roasted and ice cream is made in labs on the second floor by Italian masters who left L’Aquila after the 2009 earthquake. Menu hits include the pasta carbonara ($15.90), which gives you spaghetti tossed in pecorino, egg, and black pepper. That would be delicious on its own. But then the kitchen adds a porky one-two punch of guanciale and a dollop of pancetta gelato — savory gelato?! — which melts gloriously over the dish. Saturday, July 15, is National Gelato Day, and GCL’s Stefano Biasini will be outside the restaurant from noon to 4 p.m. handing out samples of sweet flavors, including a new strawberry cheesecake.