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Top Gelato In St. Louis

July 23, 2014 6:00 AM

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Anyone who has traveled to Italy knows about incredibly rich and tasty gelato in its purist form. It’s a bit like the frozen treat that Americans call ice cream, only lose most of the butterfat and add quite a bit more sweetness to enhance the true flavor, and the delicious result is what Italians call gelato. Just one scoop from a dish of gelato into your mouth and there is no going back to anything less than stupendously rich delights by the dish full. Before you pack your bags, book the next flight to Italy or renew that passport, there’s good news right here in your own hometown. Taste the sweetest gelato flavors of Italian ice cream without leaving your own backyard at these local places that scoop out the finest gelato in St. Louis.
Gelato Di Riso
5204 Wilson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 664-8488
www.gelatodiriso.com
When looking for the best tastes of Italy, the best place in the area to visit is The Hill, a section of the city that is home to Italian restaurants, bakeries and residents with Italian heritage. This gelato creamery is among the most authentic in town. The gelato is made fresh every day, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the freshest flavorful experience. Choose a dolce gelato which uses milk instead of cream for a lighter delight, or select an even healthier dish of frutta gelato which is made from fresh fruit ingredients.
The Gelateria
3197 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-3500
www.thegelateria.com
Sit and savor some unique gelato dishes, enjoying free WiFi while you wait for your dry cleaning to be done next door, or pick up a hand-packed pint, quart or pan to go for your next party. Combine two or more flavors by choosing a small, medium or large scoop. The gelato here is made fresh daily using milk from a local dairy. Get creative and enjoy a specialty gelato dish, like a spaghetti gelati that starts with the flavor of your choice and then tops it with fresh berries and white chocolate, an affogato which covers your gelato with a shot of espresso or simply sit and sip a gelato float.
Pastaria
7734 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 862-6603
www.pastariastl.com
This place not only bakes a pizza that will make your taste buds believe you’re in Italy, but it gets creative with the frozen sweet desserts as well. Don’t let the simple listing of “assorted gelato flavors” fool you when you look at the menu. By “assorted” it means creative, decadent and often for a limited-time, spur-of-the moment creation. Settle for a basic vanilla or chocolate, or go all out with a creative blend of gelato flavors infused with artisan ales.Related: Top Milkshakes in St. Louis

Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 536-2199
www.charliegittos.com
Make a trip to The Hill neighborhood or visit a place where you can enjoy a taste of St. Louis Italian flavor at its best in West County. The best of Charlie Gitto’s is available in Chesterfield, complete with delicious full-course food topped off with delicious desserts. Among these desserts is the unforgettable scrumptious gelato. Diners remark on how it’s difficult to distinguish from a Charlie Gitto’s handmade gelato and one straight from Italy.
Gelateria Tavolini
1327 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 621-8838
www.gelateriatavolini.com
Stop into this café that feels more like a corner gathering place where strangers become life-long friends. Step inside and you will notice the gelato case is a main focal point filled with a variety of flavors from vanilla to cinnamon, topped with espresso or served inside of a float. Order by the cup or by the quart. Either way, you will experience a gelato like no other. Follow this local coffee house neighborhood gelato eatery on Twitter to learn about the latest flavors.Related: Top 10 St. Louis Foodies To Follow On Twitter

Tere Scott is a freelance writer and author of e-books and two educational blogs. She loves to research information to share. She currently resides in St. Louis. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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