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Address: 2723 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Neighborhood: Ravenswood / Albany Park
Specifics: Ice Cream/Gelato/Yogurt
Phone: 773-271-4924
Cost: $
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 10 pm
Restaurants High-fat, authentic Argentine ice cream!

    
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Posted by:  William Moy
Thursday, July 13, 2006
The Penguin keeps company with a Korean restaurant and a laundromat in a tiny strip mall. The flag of Argentina is proudly displayed in its picture window, although the interior is so quaint that you might mistake the place to be closed. Don’t walk away—go inside and be prepared to enjoy some of the best gelato around. While Italy is renowned as the best place for gelato, you can get some excellent stuff in Buenos Aires too thanks to the Italians who immigrated over the years. The gelato at the Penguin is so rich and thick that you will want to savor it slowly. You can indulge in a small serving and still get a very reasonable portion of one or two different flavors. The dulce de leche has a brilliant caramel flavor. The lighter fruit flavors come across more like sorbet, as the pineapple is loaded with fruit chunks. Wine connoisseurs may very well appreciate the distinctive sabayon flavor. If you want to make a meal of it, the Penguin also serves pizza and empanadas, again revealing the mixed Italian-Latin American heritage of this shop.

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