“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!”

Bottega Italiana

Located in La Jolla's UTC mall, this spot calls its gelato "a labor of love." Nuts are imported directly from Italy, while fruits are only used in-season. Rotating flavors include watermelon, amaretto, peach and salted caramel. Enjoy with an Illy espresso and you'll feel like you're in a Roman piazza. If your little ones are feeling especially adventurous, they can even try the black vanilla flavor, made with charcoal.

Bottega Italiana
4445 La Jolla Village Dr., #H-17
San Diego, Ca 92122
Online: bottegaitaliana.com

Photo: Bottega Italiana

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

––Michelle Franklin