Seasoned in the foundry

Lodge Cast Iron started making cookware in Tennessee in 1896, and in 2002 reset the industry standard by seasoning its cookware with kosher-certified vegetable oil baked at a high temperature to give the pans a beautiful black patina. This 10 1/4-inch skillet even has a glass cover.

- Dianna Marder

Lodge skillet with glass cover, $46.95; at

Gelato, sandwich style

Embrace summer with ice cream-style sandwiches at Capogiro Gelato Cafe. Flavors are made fresh each morning, so the offerings vary, but some favorites are chocolate cookies with hazelnut gelato; ginger cookies with dulce de leche; and sugar cookies with strawberries and cream. Call ahead to see what's available.

- D.M.

Gelato sandwiches, $5, only at the Rittenhouse Capogiro Cafe, 20th and Sansom Streets. 215-636-9250.