Pavlakis Athens – The meaning of perfection in a cone

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"Pavlakis" in Athens makes my favorite ice cream in the world. I'm totally straight-faced while writing this. This ice cream is a religious experience.

I'm not a person who goes around calling things 'perfect'. Perfection, in my mind, has a cold sterility, a clinical, almost robotic edge. What does a perfect woman, a perfect song, a perfect book, a perfect vacation, a perfect death feel like? Can their perfection become a prison, a siren song, a "there's no way to go from here than down"?

I just had to make this introduction before I admit that, despite my unwillingness to commit to absolutes, Pavlakis consistently makes the best ice cream I've ever had. Tsoureki; pistachio praline with or without cream & pomegranate (oh, my, God); the heavenly kaimaki...Is it the best ice cream in Piraeus, in Athens, in Greece... in the world?

As far as I'm concerned, yes, this completely ordinary-looking (plus cheap & super-generous) neighborhood confectionery shop is perfect. If a more perfect ice cream can exist, I'm having serious difficulty even imagining what tasting it would feel like. I mean, it's got to the point where I'm even grateful to the Universe that I was lucky enough to run into something in my life I've no qualms about calling perfect, even ice cream. How can you even top a quasi-religious experience that brings forward gratitude for your own good fortune? Every single person I've sent to Pavlakis has been left stunned (even Italians and my Japanese teacher!), so I know it's not just me.

It's not easy to get to---far from it. But doesn't that make Pavlakis even more special?

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