“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!”

Gelato Paradiso

Located in The Headquarters, this gelateria boasts artisanal batches of delicious gelatos, including tiramisu, strawberries and cream and dulce de leche. Get it in a cup or cone or affogato with a shot of espresso--so great for parents who need a pick me up! If dairy isn't your thing, they also offer seasonal sorbetto in flavors like mango, lemon and mixed berry. If you like what you taste, you can order a delicious gelato cake for your next party!

Gelato Paradiso
789 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: gelatoparadiso.net

Photo: Gelato Paradiso via Facebook

Where’s your favorite gelato spot? Let us know in the comments!

––Michelle Franklin