10 Favorite Gelato Spots in Greater Phoenix

"La gloria di Gelato," Gelato, Italian Ice Cream Photo
"La gloria di Gelato," Gelato, Italian Ice Cream Photo
LovesParisStudio, Etsy

The origins of gelato -- Italian ice cream made with less butterfat, a higher density, and served slightly warmer than its American counterpart -- date back to frozen treats made from mountaintop snow and ice in ancient Rome and Egypt.

Thankfully, for those of us in search of the frozen sweet treat, there's no mountain-climbing required, just a trip to one of our favorite gelateries in town. Here's 10 of them:

La Scala Creamery

This upscale, family-owned gelato shop in Fountain Hills -- with a patio facing the city's fountain-showcasing lake -- features natural ingredients and daily-made batches of gelato from collections including traditional, contemporary, exotic, seasonal, and diabetic friendly. Look for flavors like Sicilian pistachio, Cherries Jubilee, chocolate passion fruit -- even kefir, the fermented milk drink. There's also gelato for dogs and cats, should Fluffy or Barky be so inclined.

Gelato 64

This family-owned business with locations in Chandler and Gilbert offers a whopping 200 flavors, with 64 of them on display daily. A mix of customer favorites and rotating creations, selections include rich and delicious strawberry cheesecake, chocolate and banana, and fun flavors like Twinkie. Tired of the ol' cup and spoon? Order up specialties like gelato cupcakes, cakes, pies, or have one as a slurp-worthy shake.

The Gelato Spot

This local chain with four locations in Phoenix and Scottdsale (called The G-Spot if pizza is included in the equation) makes more than 20 flavors of gelato using natural ingredients and Italian recipes. Try the decadent chocolate caramel fudge brownie, almond Snickers, or bubblegum, or go old-school with amarena (think a subtly sweet cherry cream).

Enzo's Gelato & Coffee Bar

This cozy gelato parlor and coffee shop in Chandler boasts a small but solid selection of tasty flavors like sea salt caramel, creme brulee, pistachio, and bacio (a chocolate hazelnut combination). In addition to community events, fundraisers, and live music, which happen regularly, the coolest thing about Enzo's might be Enzo himself. Usually tending shop and not shy about conversation, he's a customer favorite.

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