Living in Philly, we all know how hot it can get in the summer. Between the humidity, summer rains and high temperatures, it’s a necessity to find ways to cool off during the day and night. One way to do that is by trying any of these five Philly gelato shops that are sure to have your taste buds tingling.
Besides the amazing food, Gran Caffe L’Aquila is known for its world-renowned gelato. Co-owner Stefano Bisani is a World Cup of Gelato Championship winner who has served his famous gelato to world leaders and royalty alike. What makes this gelato so good? All-natural ingredients sourced from Italy. Make sure to try out their gastronomic gelato: savory flavors which are paired with appetizers and entrees. Think carbonara pasta served with bacon gelato. 1716 Chestnut St., 215.568.5600, grancaffelaquila.com
Anthony’s in South Philly is a cozy, family-owned gelato shop that is sure to make you feel like you’re sitting in a shop in Italy. Using all-natural ingredients and their ‘Hot Process Method’ of heating and blending ingredients, Anthony’s gelato is sure to be among the creamiest and smoothest you’ve ever tasted. Although the shop serves over 70 flavors, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Dutch Chocolate and Strawberry are among their bestselling. 903 S. Ninth St., 215.627.2586, italiancoffeehouse.com
Founder and co-owner of Café Crema, René Kobeitri has over 20 years of experience in the baking industry, so you know you’re in good hands when you step into this shop. All of their ingredients are imported from Palermo, Sicily, and their gelato pairs beautifully with a cup of coffee, espresso, or cappuccino. 1205 S. Ninth St., 267.928.4501, cafecremaphilly.com
Georgie’s aims to create fantastic gelato by putting a spin on traditional flavors that focus on what Americans love to eat. Try their white coffee flavor, which is made to “taste like what coffee smells like,” according to owner Sierra Georgia. 4667 Paul St., 855.435.2864., eatgelatoh.com
Gran Caffe L’Aquila’s gelato in a cute, more casual setting? Stop by Alice Pizza in Rittenhouse. Gran Caffe’s gelato is paired with Alice Roman Style Pizza and makes the “perfect meal for whatever mood you’re in” according to Alice Pizza spokesperson Giogio Longo. He recommends trying the pistachio flavor, which has imported nuts from Sicily. 235 S. 15th St., 215.545.2020, alicephilly.com
Photography by: From top to bottom: Photo courtesy of Gran Caffe L’Aquila; Photo courtesy of Anthony's Italian Coffee and Chocolate House; Photo courtesy of Café Crema; Photo courtesy of Georgie's House of Gelat'oh; Photo courtesy of Alice Pizza