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National Ice Cream Day in Little Italy!

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National Ice Cream Day is Sunday (or Sundae), July 18th and Little Italy’s finest dessert stops are waiting for you with open arms and sweet treats! Here’s the scoop on where to find your celebratory sweet treats in honor of the tastiest day of the year:

BOBBOI NATURAL GELATO | Known for both its tradition and untraditional gelato flavors, Bobboi gelato is inspired by California yet rooted in Italy’s timeless techniques. With sweet treats made from local, seasonal ingredients, the menu constantly rotates to reflect what’s in season and available.

CAFFE ITALIA | A classic ice cream lover’s go-to is Caffe Italia’s tried and true gelato menu! Choose between Spumoni, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, Espresso Bean, Vanilla Bean and Coconut. Can’t choose between two? Double up on the scoops and pick your tied flavors together.

EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS | Rounding out the menu at 33 ice creams and sorbets to try, Extraordinary Desserts is sure to have a flavor for everyone! With classics like Very Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Chip, to contemporary options like Brown Sugar, Coffee Toffee and Red Berries and Roses – your stomach will have eyes for more than just one flavor. 

HOLY PALETA | Inspired by the traditional frozen treats of Michoacán, these handcrafted paletas are made with all-natural ingredients and burst with tasty toppings for a one-of-a-kind treat limited only by your imagination. 

iDESSERT BY JEAN-PHILIPPE | Step up to the iPad station and customize your sundae by selecting your flavors and ingredients on the screen. Within minutes your masterpiece will be ready! Not feeling so creative? Choose from the “Chef’s Favorites,” for a guaranteed sweet success. Gluten-free and dairy-free options available!

NONNA + CAFÉ ZUCCHERO | Looking for a little comfort food? The sweet shop you’ve come to love is located inside of Nonna. You’ll find fresh gelato made in-house at Zucchero Italian Café and Deserts.

PAPPALECCO | A coffee ice cream lover’s dream; Pappalecco offers espresso over a scoop of any gelato on the menu, also known as Affogato. Opt for a Cono O Coppetta option and get your scoop in a cone or a cup!

POP POPS PALETA | Featuring a wide variety of gourmet paletas, we recommend trying the Dirty Classy, the Mangonada or the Guava Cheesecake, though you can’t go wrong with any of the delicious pops on the menu.

SALT & STRAW | Beating the heat with a cool treat this summer, Salt & Straw is constantly churning out new flavors in their Little Italy location. Currently on the docket? The Berries, Berries, Berries Series!

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