A fine time to open a gelato shop

By Michele Laudig

The last couple of weeks have been pretty brutal -- I can only hope that the monsoon season will bring us a break from the extreme heat.

In the meantime, there's at least a little relief, in the form of two new gelato shops that have recently opened.

At the Shops at Norterra, 2530 W. Happy Valley Rd., 25-year-old entrepreneur Charles Lauletta opened Paciugo, a local outpost of a Dallas-based gelato chain founded by an Italian native. Along with nearly 30 flavors of gelato and sorbet, Paciugo also offers hazelnut soy, and no-sugar-added vanilla.

And out in Fountain Hills, world traveler Zomore Quan has opened her first business, La Scala Creamery (12645 N. Saguaro Blvd.), featuring homemade gelato as well as homemade cones, made from an Italian cookie recipe.

Mrs. Quan also teaches occasional cooking classes on topics such as making kefir (a fermented milk drink) and healthful fermented vegetable dishes. For more info, call 480-836-4444.

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