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Philadelphia Home To Best Place In The World To Eat Ice Cream

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A local gelato shop has been named as the best gelato shop in the world. It was ranked even better than the gelato in Italy.

Philadelphia’s Capogiro Gelato Artisans has been ranked by National Geographic as the top place to eat ice cream in the world!

Capogiro District Manager Sarah Benkowski says it’s a huge honor. “We have people tell us all the time that we’re better than Italy and they say this is actually the best thing I ever had, and we kind of go, we know!”

But, even though the award is for the best place to eat ice cream, she reminds folks that gelato is not ice cream.

“It’s about half the fat from ice cream and our sorbetti is actually no fat. It’s just the fruit, sugar and water.”

According to Benkowski, ice cream is made with heavy cream instead of whole milk, which makes it more fattening.

Capogiro owner Stephanie Reitano says her husband, who was born in Italy, was the inspiration for opening their first store, almost 10 years ago at 13th and Sansom.

“As a child he would go back and forth with his family and wonder why they don’t have Gelato like they do in Italy, here,” said Reitano.

The word Capogiro means “head turn” in Italian, according to Reitano.

“In Italy it’s used to describe gorgeous woman and cars,” said Reitano.”When something is so right and so perfect your head spins. We thought it would be funny to apply it to food.”

So do customers think National Geographic got it right?

“It is phenomenal!”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio; Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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