Sensing an acute lack of heteronormative ice cream parlors in the West Village, one Italian restaurant has positioned itself to capture the elusive demographic of those who’ll have two scoops of whatever John Wayne’s having (raw hamburger). Gallo Nero is down the street from Big Gay Ice Cream’s second location on Grove Street at 7th Ave. Reached by telephone, a manager at the restaurant seemed confused about the nature of our call. “What’s the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want,” he said. Asked if the sign was a reference to Big Gay Ice Cream, or if he could see how it may be interpreted as homophobic, the manager, who declined to provide his name, replied, “They have their own way, we have our own way.”
RELATED: I can recommend the Mermaid Sundae at Big Gay Ice Cream: Key Lime curd, vanilla ice cream, crushed Graham Crackers, and whipped cream. Other house specialties include the Bea Arthur and the Rue McClanahan.