First came leaves traced in the foam atop our macchiatos; now flower petals are bursting forth from our ice-cream cones. Thats the signature style at Amorino, a gelato juggernaut from Italy whose first branch officially opens next Thursday in Greenwich Village with a free-gelato happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Aside from looking pretty, ice cream sculpted into the shape of chrysanthemums has a practical side: Incredibly, the technique allows customers to try up to 22 flavors in a single shot, although that would be kind of crazy. Ideally you dont want to order more than four or five, says a rep for the shop. Otherwise you will not be able to taste the flavors.
Amorino, 60 University Pl., at 10th St.; 212-253-5599