13312 Telecom Drive
Tampa, FL 33637
Papalani is highly rated in local publications in the Tampa area by both food critics and casual consumers. Self-described as “Hawaiian gelato,” Papalani “mixes old-world Italian craftsmanship with the unique flavors of Hawaii” to create some truly unique flavors such as coconut, papaya and lychee. You will also find more traditional flavors like Belgian chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio and tiramisu. If you want to try an extra special treat, you can sanple a frozen gelato sandwich made with cookies or sweet bread, gelato bars or frozen chocolate bananas.
2223 N.W. Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Artisans make this 100-percent authentic gelato with only all-natural ingredients imported from Italy. Each batch is made by hand on a daily basis so it is always fresh. The gelato comes in a huge variety of flavors including vanilla bourbon, spicy chocolate, Italian custard and Nutella. A variety of sorbets are also offered, such as kiwi, pomegranate, dark beer and cabernet red wine. Visit Gelateria del Duomo and find out why the Tampa Bay Times calls it “the cream of the crop.”
24032 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33559
Tucked away in a quiet little strip in Lutz, it would be easy to drive past Gionata’s and not even notice it’s there. But, don’t let its small size fool you — big taste is packed into this small cafe. This smooth, thick, rich and creamy treat comes in flavors that include strawberry, chocolate chip, banana and hazelnut. All of Gionata’s Italian treats — artisan breads, pastries and gelato — are made fresh in-house.
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2909 22nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Mazzaro’s is practically a playground for lovers of Italian food. This mammoth market features a cheese room, a deli, a bakery, a pasta bar with fresh, hand-made pastas, a coffee bar, shelves upon shelves of imported Italian goods and a gelato bar. Gelato is made fresh every day with only top-of-the-line ingredients and comes in flavors like raspberry, pistachio, hazelnut and cookies and cream. You can enjoy a cup while you shop or sit out on the open-air patio.
6595 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Larry’s has been serving the St. Petersburg area for over 30 years. Besides gelato, the menu offers “light bites” like pizza and onion rings, malts and milkshakes, and plenty of different sundaes. The authentic gelato comes in flavors such as pineapple, orange, strawberry and vanilla. You can enjoy it plain or dress it up with a house-made waffle cone or some traditional toppings. Or you can even make it part of a banana split, brownie-bottom sundae or root beer float.
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