The Italian treat of gelato starting popping up on the dessert side of trendy restaurant menus a few years back. It also made an occasional appearance in ice cream shops in those tubs to the side of the mainstream flavors along with the untouched sherbet. Proving to be the tastiest of all, gelato has taken center stage and is now headlining with shops of its own all over Los Angeles. Thankfully, too much of a good thing is still a good thing when it comes to this semi-frozen delight. While you can get gelato pretty much anywhere, here are the top five places in Los Angeles.
806 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Considered among most gelato aficionados as the best around LA, Al Gelato is simply delicious. With a myriad of flavors, this little shop on Robertson in Beverly Hills also offers sandwiches and other Italian delights as well. Flavors of their delicious gelato include banana, chocolate, chocolate chip, mango ice, lemon ice, passionfruit, coconut, sour cherry, strawberry, pineapple, pear and many more.
3827 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
If flavor diversity is something you look for in a gelato shop, then Pazzo Gelato will knock your socks off. It offers 125 original flavors ranging from almond fig to green tea to peanut butter and jelly to zabaione. And if that’s not enough to leave your mouth agape, Pazzo’s also offers 77 original dairy-free/vegan sorbetto flavors. All gelatos and sorbettos are made from the freshest and finest ingredients. Choosing a flavor will not be easy.
1936 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tucked into a friendly corner of Silver Lake, Gelato Bar is local favorite Gelato Bar. With plenty of recognizable gelato flavors to choose from and a nice range of sizes labeled Bambino, Piccolo, Medio and Grande, regulars rave about the chocolate salted caramel and the pistachio. But, the absolute must try is the affogato (vanilla gelato and espresso). Friendly service and a cute café are definite bonuses, but unfortunately parking is a nightmare.
Spring Arcade Building
541 S. Spring St., Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The décor of Gelateria Uli may seem a bit minimalist for a café, but the gelato is full of rich flavor. This spot only offers 16 flavors at a time with the staples always included in the rotation. Gelateria Uli boasts of unique flavors like bee pollen, coconut lemongrass, basil and olive oil and other adventurous flavors in the works. It is constantly looking to expand the flavor boundaries and is requesting suggestions from customers. If your suggestion actually tastes good and Gelateria Uli uses it, you’ll get a free pint of it.
3400 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Scoops is a cute little shop that you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. Those who know where it is go often though and there’s usually a food truck parked nearby so you can have dinner and dessert. The brown brown bread, strawberry balsamic and the brie fig are just a few of the innovative flavors Scoops fans rave about. The owners of the shop are usually behind the counter giving courteous service and accepting flavor suggestions. Check Scoops out on Twitter and Facebook to get the daily menu.
2700 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Cara Mia Gelato in Eagle Rock has some of the most innovative and “out there” gelato flavors you can find. Sans rival, ube, avocado, sweet corn and cheese and a gelato halo halo are just a few flavors you can expect. There’s also a flavor of the day you don’t want to miss. Cara Mia Gelato also has flavorful traditional flavors like cookies and cream, mocha, vanilla, strawberry, pistachio, salted caramel and mint chocolate. You can also take your favorite gelato flavor and “build your own shake” for on-the-go goodness.
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