Gelato at Paolo’s

I don’t really get gelato. I know it’s sophisticated ice cream, but I still prefer ice cream. [Especially at Jake’s, where I’ll take you soon. It’s in my Atlanta Top Ten.]

In any case, Lauren and I had pizza tonight–(JEWS: ACT NOW! LAST CHANCE FOR LEAVENED BREAD!)–and since I had my camera in my pocket and since there was a gelato place across the street, I said: “Let’s go!”

The place in question is Paolo’s:

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Apparently, it’s the best gelato in Atlanta (it says so on the outside). It’s at the intersection of Virginia and Highland which puts it literally in the heart of the Virginia Highlands.

Walking in the door, people were lined up. Knickknacks adorned the shelves. A TV screen showed a live image of the people in line with a sign that said: “Live on the Internet!” [I tried to find it just now online, but couldn’t.]

Today there was an interesting gelato selection:

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Most interesting was avocado gelato. Lauren and I asked for a sample and we were surprised that it was good. Smooth and creamy, it was one part face mask to two parts delicious.

We went with a small cup of stracciatella; the Italian version of cookies and cream.

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Very good, very yummy. As good as ice cream? Well, no. But good. And yummy. The End.

8 comments

  1. I ate at this place last fall and it is terrible gelato. Gelato is as good as ice cream when it is made well. Paolo was sort of cheesy too, he tried to use his “charms” to sell me some gelato. I walked out but my friend got some stracciatella. I had a bite and was sorely dissapointed.

  2. I was underwhelmed by Paolo’s gelato as well, and I’ve sampled it all over Italy. Gelateria Parmalat was by far the best gelato in Atlanta, but alas it’s no longer there. (It was also just about the only reason to venture into Buckhead.)

    I miss Jake’s….oh, do I miss Jake’s.

  3. I miss Paolo’s AND I miss Jake’s. And for that matter, I miss Paolo. His charms worked on me!

    Maybe the key to enjoying Paolo’s is going to Pad Thai first. ANY kind of sweet frozen dairy treat tastes great after spicy food.

  4. On the subject of sweet, creamy avocado things: there’s a bubble tea place here in Austin, Coco’s, that offers an avocado flavored milk tea. I was scared to try it (I don’t like avocados in any context) but avocado fans that I know rave about it. People start out getting it as a joke and it ends up being their favorite.

    Speaking of which, if you haven’t had bubble tea, I highly recommend it. It’s WAY better than cat treats.

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  6. TASTE THE DREAM! At Sogno Gelato they also serve an array of bubble teas, specialty drinks and desserts for all customers. Each dessert brings the decadence of Italy’s finest and always leaves you wanting more. Sognog Gelato is the best gelato in Atlanta !!!! Visit their website Рhttp://www.sognogelato.com

  7. you have not tasted this before, you have missed a taste extravaganza. Sogno Gelato have original recipes from Italy. They serve only the best ingredients and the necessary equipment is imported from Italy to make sure you get the true Italian experience.

    Take a trip and see for yourself. They also have a neat website.

    http://www.sognogelato.com

  8. I’ve found gelato to be so much more rich and creamy than ice cream. Sorbetto takes the cake though for a non-dairy treat, especially mixed berry, raspberry and blueberry!

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