While ice cream seems to get all the fanfare in the summer months here in Boston, we think gelato deserves a worthy mention. The Italian dessert has less calories than ice cream yet doesn’t sacrifice flavor. Here’s a look at the top five places to go for the best gelato in Boston.
1 Mike's Pastry
There’s a reason why Mike’s Pastry is one of best in the North End for its selection of creamy cheesecakes, buttery cookies and nutty biscotti, but those in the know come here to cool off with a sampling of creamy gelato. With flavors like peanut butter, cappuccino and German chocolate, there is a flavor for every palette. Take some to go with you as you stroll through the North End neighborhood or grab a seat inside the adjacent Mike’s coffee shop for a front seat view of some of the best people watching in town.
300 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113
Not all gelatos were created equal. Just ask the folks at Amorino on Newbury Street where each creation is delivered as a work of art. Gelato in refreshing flavors like mango, passion fruit or coconut or creamy concoctions like pistachio, chocolate and hazelnut is made into flower-shaped forms. The gelato here can even be made into shakes to take with you on the go.
249 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116
3 Gigi Gelateria
Some of the best gelato can be found in the North End and Gigi Gelateria is one of those places that does it best. The flavors here vary each day and may include creamy cups of panna cotta, caramel and tiramisu. Late night cravings can be satisfied here until midnight where sweet tooth lovers come for cappuccinos, pastries and, of course, their creamy gelato.
272 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113
4 Caffe Paradiso
Another late night favorite is the nearby Caffe Paradiso also in the North End where gelato reigns supreme along with their varied list of coffees. All natural flavors here are made on-site and include flavors like cookies and cream, pistachio, vanilla and strawberry. Enjoy it with an Italian espresso, Jamaican cappuccino or a Mexican coffee for an international experience.
255 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113
5 Caffe Vittoria
One of the largest varieties of gelati is found at Caffe Vittoria, a cozy Italian café on bustling Hanover Street where creation abounds. Popular flavors at the first Italian café to open in Boston back in 1929 include cotton candy, spumoni, peppermint stick and cookie dough.
290-296 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113