“Gelato” may be Italian for ice cream, but don’t be fooled into believing they’re the same! Gelato is smoother, denser and more intensely flavored than its American cousin. Classic flavors include chocolate, pistachio and stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate shavings), but you can also try variations like panna cotta and strawberry basil. So gather the famiglia and scroll through our guide to see where to ‘ciao’ down on this Italian treat. Your taste buds will say “Grazie!”

Bobboi Natural Gelato

Voted #8 in Yelp's best-reviewed places to eat in America (some have called its gelato "life changing"), this La Jolla gelato shop has a rotating parade of delicious options, including mimosa, pineapple and basil and chocolate caramel. They do their best to buy local, in-season produce, often using "ugly" fruit that can't be sold in grocery stores. Want your kids to eat their veggies too? Sample the tomato and basil gelato, when in season.

Bobboi Natural Gelato
800 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, Ca 92037
Online: bobboi.com

Photo: Bobboi Natural Gelato via Facebook

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––Michelle Franklin