The Cremeria: Extraordinary Place

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — You can’t miss it. The Cremeria stands out in this college town, bringing a taste of Italy to Clinton.

Maria Macrina was going to take her Ivy League degree and become a biomedical engineer. Lucky for us, she spent a year studying in Bologna, and fell in love with Gelato.

Five years ago, Maria returned to Italy to learn how to make authentic gelato, landing an apprenticeship with the best in Bologna.

Maria came home to Sherill with a plan. She ordered the same 700-pound machine he uses and started selling gelato around town from a colorful cart, also made it Italy.

Last spring, Maria took the plunge and opened The Cremeria. The word is getting out. The customers come for the classic flavors and the original recipes Maria creates using ingredients from Italy and local fruits when they’re in season.

A customer favorite is the affogato, a shot of freshly brewed espresso poured over gelato.

Making gelato is part art, part chemistry. After pouring the mixture into the famous Italian gelato machine, Maria watches it spin until the mixture reaches the right temperature. Compared to ice cream, less air is churned into gelato, producing a creamier consistency, with more intense flavors.

The gelato is made fresh every day. By tomorrow, this creamy confection will separate and get icy so Maria turns the leftovers into popsicles. In the morning, she starts from scratch, bringing a taste of Italy back home.

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