GelOtto Cart to Return to Northwest Corner of Washington Square Park on Wednesday

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The Otto offshoot lands in nearby Washington Square Park. Photo: Kate Attardo

As everyone knows, its a whole lot easier to open a full-fledged restaurant in this town than it is to operate a pushcart in the park. At least thats what Mario Batali once told the Underground Gourmet about his GelOtto gelato-mobile. After a 2004 debut and sporadic service since that time owing to the megachefs inability to outmaneuver the citys street-vendor hoop-jumping apparatus, the little green-red-and-yellow cart is back dispensing pastry chef Meredith Kurtzmans superb gelati in five varieties (its $6 for one flavor; $8 for two). New this season: a brownie crumble coppetta. For a fantastic creamsicle effect, the U.G. recommends combining the vanilla gelato with the lemon sorbetto.