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SPUMONI

Spumone is a creamy cross between ice cream and Italian ice, made with layers of different flavors, usually containing tiny bits of candied fruits and almonds, chocolate or caramel. It may have derived from the Neapolitan Cassata, a very popular ice-cream during the 1700s and 1800s in Naples, but it became a traditional ice-cream of the Salento (south-eastern extremity of the Apulia region), and you can find it everywhere in the South of Italy. Sometimes the ice cream layers are mixed with whipped cream.

It is popular in places with large Italian immigrant populations: August 21 is National Spumoni Day in the United States.  

The History of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn

Ludovico Barbati came to the United States in 1917 from Torella Dei Lombardi, in the province of Avellino (Campania region). He married Paolina Maugeri in 1918, and they had six children, Carmine, Rose, Anna, Mary, Salvatore & Ludovico, Jr. In 1938 Ludovico learned from a baker how to make pizza in a garage on West 8th Street, Brooklyn. To sell his products, he decided to peddle using a horse and wagon, and sold his products up and down the streets of Gravesend and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

In 1939, Ludovico, Sr. decided he needed a little, inexpensive place to make Spumoni and Ices, so he purchased a vacant property on 86th Street in Brooklyn. He asked his friends, who were carpenters, brick layers and cement workers from the old country, to build the first of now three buildings. As it got busier and busier, he told his daughter Anna to stay in the factory and serve people while he made the Spumoni. Well, it caught on, so once again he asked his friends to build another structure in front of the factory where he could put out some tables and chairs, and plant some trees.

In the mid 1950s, L&B Spumoni Gardens built the second of the three buildings, which is now the Pizzeria, selling their famous thick Sicilian pies, as well as regular round pies. L&B Spumoni Gardens is now in its fourth generation. - The Barbati Family