I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for…Gelato!

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If it were up to your kids, they’d be eating ice cream with just about every meal. And during the summertime, it’s even harder to deny the appeal of a refreshing scoop of your favorite flavor. But for those of us who might be looking for a low fat option when it comes time to satisfy that sweet tooth, opt for a scoop of delicious gelato. Lucky for Los Angeles kids, there are more than a few places to sample this Italian treat. In fact, we’ve rounded up some top-notch gelaterias in LA, whose offerings include kid friendly flavors like chocolate and strawberry and flavors of the adult variety like wine and rum raisin. So, grab your kiddos and head on out to have a taste of Italy.

Aroma di Roma
This quaint coffee shop located in the heart of Belmont Shore and frequented by locals offers a variety of gelato in addition to espresso, a variety of food, assorted pastries, beer and wine. Sample any flavor including coconut, pistachio and melon. Your kiddos will love the colorful gelato cups and spoons. And, you’ll love the gelato brioche sandwich. Trust us–you will!

Aroma di Roma
5327 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA  90803
Online: www.aromadiroma.com

One of the first things that you see when you enter this Brentwood Italian eatery is the huge case of gelato. Each flavor is perfectly coiffed just waiting to be sampled. Look over the server’s shoulder and you and your brood will see the Spumoni chefs hard at work making fresh pizzas, pastas and salads. Order your gelato and sit back, relax and enjoy the people watching that San Vincente Boulevard has to offer.

Spumoni – Brentwood
11745 San Vicente Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 90049
Online: www.spumonirestaurants.com

Monte Carlo Deli Pinnochio Restaurant
Part restaurant, part specialty store and part deli, Pinnochi’s is also part gelato parlor. Talk about one-stop-dining! So, in addition to great Italian food, Pinnochio’s also offers 24 flavors of gelato and sorbet. Plenty of flavors for your kiddos to chose from. Feel free to sample a flavor, order and enjoy your gelato al fresco on their outdoor patio.

Monte Carlo Deli Pinnochio Restaurant
3103 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA  91505
Online: www.montecarlodeli.com

Al Gelato
Located in Beverly Hills, Al Gelato’s offerings include appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta and of course, gelato. The flavors are homemade and topped with fresh whipped cream and a French fan wafer. Plus, Al Gelato also offers gelato beverages that your kids will love including Gelato Con Espresso – gelato drenched in hot or cold espresso, Ice Cream Float – gelato served with rootbeer, Coke or Sprite and Granita Di Caffe – hand chipped frozen espresso on layers of whipped cream served with layers of gelato. Yum!

Al Gelato
806 South Robertson Blvd
Online: www.algelatobeverlyhills.com

Bulgarini Gelato
Voted LA Weekly’s Best Ice Cream and Gelato in LA for 2011 and mentioned on the Food Network, this little hole in the wall would go unnoticed were it not for the incredible homemade gelato flavors that they produce. Your kids will really dig Bulgarini Gelato’s flavors like salty chocolate and olive oil. And, don’t be surprised if you happen to see one of Bulgarini Gelato’s mobile carts at the next event that you attend.

Bulgarini Gelato
749 E Altadena Dr
Altadena, CA 91001
Neighborhood: Pasadena
Online: www.bulgarinigelato.com

— Wanda Ahmadi

photo credit Alex Lecea & Sayantan Mitra via flickr