Monday, February 21, 2011

Gelato Paradiso - Newport Beach

Every time I'm at Fashion Island, I am aware of Gelato Paradiso's presence inside its food court like the chocolatey Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie pop.

As the food court changes and evolves, Gelato Paradiso seems a constant, the Rock of Gibraltar if it were made out of milk and sugar. I'm of the belief that if there ever came a time that Gelato Paradiso fails at Fashion Island, Armaggedon is upon us. There always seems to be customers lining up at the stand at all hours.

And this is a good thing for gelato. The product thrives on turnover. It is imperative that it is never allowed to freeze fully, lest you want a solid block of inedible frozen milk.

If you've been enjoying the gelato here, or if you haven't, this is a good time to go. From now until the end of the week, as part of a gloomy day special (or something like that, I forget), they are offering their medium cups ($4.25) for the price of a small one ($3.75). And in Newport Beach, especially Fashion Island, such a discount is a rarity.

I took the opportunity, as the cheapskate in me is required to do, to take advantage. I had them scoop up for my dessert half of the Milk Chocolate Hazelnut and half of the Hazelnut.

And it was good, tiny spoon-licking good, smooth as velvet where there wasn't itty-bitty chunks of actual hazelnut. It only occurred to me afterward that I missed the chance to pair the Milk Chocolate Hazelnut with their Banana to create a Nutella-Banana thing that I've only imagined in my Willy Wonka dreams. But then I realized, there's still time.

Gelato Paradiso
952 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-9256

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At 6:09 PM, Blogger dumplings said...

Long time no see!

I'm glad you found this place too. I remember being there to pick up some Sprinkles and randomly tried the gelato here. Their gloomy day specials will definitely bring me back this week!

Just something random: Did you hear about the Golden Trio event at Bazaar this week? $25 for their Philly steak, beer, and chocolate. As the way Tasting Table puts it, it's "chocolate rolled in gold dust."

At 12:22 AM, Blogger EatTravelEat said...

I find it interesting how the scoops look so cylindrical and how the split between the two scoops is so even! It sure sounds tasty...what a smart business move to offer discounts on cold days.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Hey! Welcome back! $25 for their Philly and beer and chocolate? That sounds like a good deal. Although, now that I think about it, I'd need about six of those Philly cheesers to satiate me. They are freakin' good though!


Weird how that happens right? I saw that it was consistent on each cup they scooped. I think it has to do with the way the cup pushes up one side up to make that cylinder.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Diamond Dog said...

Do you think that most people could tell the difference if I put a scoop of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in front of them and a scoop of Gelato and asked them to point to the one that was Gelato after tasting it?

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Sidney said...

Oh you can totally tell the difference between this and Ben & Jerry's. You can tell the difference between this and Häagen-Dazs. It's a completely different ball game.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Agreed! Gelato has a lighter, not-as-fatty presence on the tongue than ice cream (especially Paradiso's). Not that's better than ice cream, it's just different!

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