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:
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.