Slideshow: First Look: Emphasis on Fresh, Local Ingredients at L'Albero dei Gelati, Brooklyn

Cantaloupe Gelato
Cantaloupe Gelato

All of the fruit gelato is made using fresh, seasonal ingredients, so don't get too attached to any one flavor.

Pesto Gelato
Pesto Gelato

This savory gelato is made with herbs from the café's outdoor garden and served with bread and a drizzle of olive oil. Other savory options have included blue cheese, saffron, and yellow bell pepper.

Bacio di Dama (Kiss of a Dame)
Bacio di Dama (Kiss of a Dame)

Originally created in the Piedmont town of Tortona, this treat has a layer of organic Ecuadorian chocolate sandwiched between two cookies made with organic hazelnut and almond flours.

All-Natural Italian Fruit Drinks
All-Natural Italian Fruit Drinks

These fizzy drinks are made with fruit from Italy. For example, Chinotto uses the juice of myrtle-leaved oranges from Liguria, while Gazzosa is made from Amalfi's sfusato lemons.

Panini
Panini

The menu has a variety of panini, served on either house-made focaccia or ciabatta. This one is the "Ramo" focaccia, with organic ricotta cheese, Berkshire pancetta, raw organic honey, and hazelnuts.

Taglieri Grande Misto (large meat and cheese board)
Taglieri Grande Misto (large meat and cheese board)

Sample some meat or cheese—or both—by ordering one of these boards, which come in small and large sizes. While the assortment is always changing, you can always expect cheeses from Vermont and meat from New York's Salumeria Biellese, plus a dollop of jam from SIGI, a small farm in Macerata, Italy.

Outdoor Patio and Garden
Outdoor Patio and Garden

Bring your snack to the shady outdoor space, where the owners are growing rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, mint, and even hot peppers which they recently used to make spicy chocolate gelato.

Artwork by Local Children
Artwork by Local Children

"So much of what we do is about children," says owner Monia Solighetto. The shop encourages pint-sized visitors to get artistic, and even has a kid's corner, complete with a tiny table and chairs.