25. The Olive Oil Coppetta
Location: 1 5th Ave., New York
Even hardcore fans of Italian grub might find the idea of olive oil-doused gelato a bit puzzling. But trust, Mario Batali knows his way around a kitchen.
The olive oil has a subtle flavor despite its rich star ingredient, and it makes for a perfectly savory accompaniment to the tartness of the passion fruit granita and creamy lime curd that top the dessert. Macerated strawberries and a delicate rosemary brittle confirm our suspicions: Batali has outdone himself.