The Variety article includes Palapa Azul, a great Mexican ice cream concept made in L.A. which I haven't had a chance to try yet, but I'm looking forward to flavors like hibiscus sorbet, flan and sweet corn. It will be available nationwide at Whole Foods and other outlets.
Here's what we tried:
Mashti Malone: Mashti Shirvani has been making Persian-style ice cream in
$4.95 per pint
$2.50 per scoop
Al Gelato Continental Desserts: A classic Italian style gelateria with dozens of flavors which also serves hearty pasta dishes, soups and pizza. Unusual flavors: orange, toasted coconut. We liked Al Gelato's gelato, but I was less happy with the owner who wouldn't talk to me because "too much publicity would just confuse things.", TK
Massimo's Delectables: Massimo's is classic Italian gelato made by an Italian transplant to
Dr. Bob's: Made by a Cal Poly professor in
Available at Gelson's and Whole Foods, approx. $5.29 per pint.
Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.: Travel back in time to the old-fashioned ice cream parlor at Fosselman's, which offers traditional cones, sundaes and banana splits with homemade-tasting ice cream. In a nod to the
$1.95 per scoop, $3.95 per pint
Mikawaya: This Little Tokyo dessert shop recently branched into making its own gelato with a lighter Japanese sensibility. The coconut was fresh tasting and kona coffee wasn't too sweet. Unusual flavors: green tea, tiramisu. Overall, this was our least favorite of the bunch, but it would still make a good stop after a downtown sushi dinner.118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall,